SINGAPORE (AFP) – Singapore on Wednesday banned a local documentary about nine dissidents living in exile, saying its contents undermined national security.
The film “To Singapore, with Love”, directed by Singaporean director Tan Pin Pin, features interviews with the former activists and student leaders who fled Singapore from the 1960s until the 1980s and are currently settled in countries including Britain and Thailand.
The 70-minute documentary was released in December last year and has been screened at film festivals in Germany, Dubai, South Korea and the United States.
Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) said in a statement it had “assessed that the contents of the film undermine national security because legitimate actions of the security agencies to protect the national security and stability of Singapore are presented in a distorted way as acts that victimised innocent individuals”.
It said a number of the exiles were former members of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) which had sought to overthrow governments in Singapore and Malaysia in the 1950s and 1960s.