15 May 2017

Foreigners Banned from Singapore Pink Dot

Recent changes to Public Order Act rules on general assembly mean only Singapore permanent residents can attend annual LGBT rally.

Non-Singapore permanent residents will not be allowed to attend Singapore’s Pink Dot 2017 due to changes in the city-state’s Public Order Act that forbid foreigners taking part in demonstrations at the venue.

"It is with profound regret for us, the organisers of Pink Dot 2017, to announce that as per recent changes to the Public Order Act rules on general assembly, only Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are permitted to assemble at the Speakers’ Corner,” organizers wrote in an online statement.

The organisers were reminded by the Singapore Police Force that the current law does not distinguishes between participants and observers, and regards anyone who turns up to the Speakers’ Corner in support of an event to be part of an assembly.

Those flouting the new regulation face a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.