SINGAPORE — Academic Huang Jing (picture), who has been identified by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as an “agent of influence of a foreign country”, has appealed against the Government’s decision to revoke his and his wife’s permanent residency status.
“Yes, my wife and I did it (on Monday) at 11am,” Professor Huang said in an email reply on Tuesday (Aug 8), when asked to confirm media reports about his appeal. He declined to say more about the allegations, which he has denied.
“Please understand that given the situation, I really can’t talk too much because I do love Singapore!” added the academic, who is still in the country.
When contacted, the MHA declined to comment.
Under the law, those whose permanent residency is revoked have seven days from the time they are notified to appeal in writing to the Minister of Home Affairs. The minister’s decision on the appeal is final.
Last Friday, the ministry announced that Prof Huang, a US-China expert with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), “knowingly interacted” with intelligence organisations and agents of a foreign country and cooperated with them to influence the Republic’s foreign policy and public opinion here.
The ministry did not name the country in question but said Prof Huang engaged prominent and influential Singaporeans and gave them what he claimed was privileged information about that foreign country, so as to influence their opinions in favour of that country.
Prof Huang used his senior position in the LKYSPP to “deliberately and covertly advance the agenda of a foreign country at Singapore’s expense”, the MHA said. “He did this in collaboration with foreign intelligence agents. This amounts to subversion and foreign interference in Singapore’s domestic politics. Huang’s continued presence in Singapore, and that of his wife, are therefore undesirable.
"Both will be permanently banned from re-entering Singapore."
The Controller of Immigration acted after Prof Huang was deemed an “undesirable immigrant” under the Immigration Act, for engaging in activities contrary to the Republic’s national interests, the ministry said.
Prof Huang’s wife, Ms Shirley Yang Xiuping, also had her permanent residency revoked last Friday. The couple, who are United States citizens, will not be allowed to re-enter Singapore.
Prof Huang, who got a PhD in political science from Harvard’s Department of Government, had researched and authored books, as well as journal articles, on Chinese politics, China-India relations, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and security issues in Asia-Pacific, among other topics.
In the past year, he had written extensively for the local press and foreign publications, including Global Times, on US-China relations and China’s role in the world.
The LKYSPP said later that he has been suspended without pay with immediate effect. Prof Huang has also resigned as an independent director of Keppel Land.