Dastyari a lesson in politics for Singapore

Dastyari a lesson in politics for Singapore

Former Labor senator Sam Dastyari has found the international fame he has always craved. But not quite in the manner he has been expecting. Four years ago Dastyari turfed himself out of public life when he quit the Senate after he was exposed in this newspaper for warning donor Huang Xiangmo, the billionaire Chinese property developer, that authorities were probably bugging his phone. Dasher quit in December 2017, saying the “best service” he could render to Labor was to leave it. Undeniable. This week the Singapore government launched its Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill, to “strengthen our ability to prevent, detect and disrupt foreign interference in our domestic politics”. An accompanying briefing note explained to journalists that “foreign principals use funding and other leverage to get local proxies to push their …
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