UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect a statement from the US Embassy Singapore.
The appeal by Professor Huang Jing against his expulsion from Singapore has been rejected, said the Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) in a statement on Wednesday (23 August).
An MHA spokesman noted that Professor Huang, a former academic at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), and his wife Yang Xiuping, submitted an appeal against the cancellation of their Singapore Permanent Residence status on 7 August. “The Minister for Home Affairs has rejected their appeals under Section 14(6) of the Immigration Act and they were informed of the rejection on 23 August 2017,” said an MHA spokesman.
“The Minister’s decision is final. Huang Jing and his wife will have to leave Singapore within a stipulated grace period. They will be permanently banned from re-entering Singapore.” The couple, who are originally from China, are American citizens.
On 4 August, MHA labeled Professor Huang “an agent of influence of a foreign country” who worked with intelligence organisations and agents from that country. The country has not been named. The ministry added that Yang was aware that her husband was using his position to promote a foreign country’s agenda.
Professor Huang, a former Lee Foundation Professor on US-China relations at the LKYSPP, is a China expert whose views on the Middle Kingdom has often sought by the media.
In response to queries from Yahoo News Singapore, US Embassy Singapore Camille Dawson said, “We are aware of reports that the Ministry of Home Affairs has rejected the appeal of two US citizens seeking to remain in Singapore. We have no further information at this time.”