Singapore Authorities Warned Of The Threat Of Foreign Interference During The Election
Singapore authorities have warned political parties about the threat of foreign interference, including cyberattacks, in the run-up to the General parliamentary elections. This statement was made jointly on Monday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the cybersecurity Agency, and the election Commission.
The report emphasizes that political parties "should be aware of the threat of foreign interference" and strengthen the protection of their computer infrastructure, "their accounts on the Internet, social networks." Besides, it is emphasized that political forces are responsible "for the appearance of suspicious activity on their platforms."
"Singapore is not immune from such activities in the run-up to the General election, which is due to take place before August 2021," the statement said.
Before the outbreak of the pandemic, experts predicted that the vote would take place within this year. The elections will be the most important for the last almost 20 years, as the "fourth" generation of leaders is expected to come to power. The current Premier, Li Hsien Loong, has repeatedly stated that he will resign no later than 2022. At the end of 2018, his successor, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee kit, was identified.
This principle of transfer of power was laid down by the founder of modern Singapore, its first Prime Minister Lee Kuan yew, who held this post for more than 30 years. Before he left the Cabinet, the next head of government was identified as Goh Chok Tong, who in turn resigned prematurely in 2004, freeing up the position for Lee Hsien Loong, the eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew.
The head of government in Singapore is the representative of the party with the highest number of votes in the General election. Following the results of the last elections in 2015, the ruling popular action Party won a convincing victory.