Singapore

Foreigners can't sponsor Pink Dot: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will "take steps to make it clear that foreign entities should not fund, support or influence" events at Speakers' Corner, like the annual Pink Dot event last Saturday.

This year's event attracted 18 sponsors. Corporate sponsors included multinationals such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Visa, The Straits Times reported.

"The Government's general position has always been that foreign entities should not interfere in our domestic issues, especially political issues or controversial social issues with political overtones," MHA said yesterday. "These are political, social or moral choices for Singaporeans to decide for ourselves. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues are one such example."

It did not say what action it will take, or whether an MNC with a Singapore-registered arm is still defined as a foreign company.

MHA said the statement was in response to "media queries as to whether foreign companies can provide sponsorships for the Pink Dot event", but did not specify which media outlet posed the queries.

The ministry also said that this applies to events that advocate the LGBT cause, such as Pink Dot, as well as those that oppose the cause.

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