Joint MHA-MFA Statement on Abdul Ghani’s Visit to Singapore

May 17, 2013
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

In response to media queries and a police report on former Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman allegedly canvassing for votes in Singapore on 2 May 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs issued the following statement:

“The Singapore Police Force confirms that a report has been lodged regarding Mr Ghani’s visit to Singapore on 2 May 2013. The Police’s assessment is that no offence is disclosed from this report. The acts referred to in the report such as arriving in Singapore, having breakfast or speaking to reporters do not constitute an offence. In the case of Mr Ghani, it would appear that there was no campaigning, although some members of his team were wearing campaign shirts.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has registered with the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore that campaigning activities by foreigners are not allowed in Singapore. In particular, the wearing of campaign shirts by some of Mr Ghani’s team in Singapore during the Malaysian General Election period could be misconstrued and such cases should not recur.”

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