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Chinese-American professor resigns from Keppel Land after losing Singapore residency

Huang Jing quits as independent director of property firm following accusations he worked as an agent for a foreign country

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 10:49am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 11:03pm

Singapore’s Keppel Land, part of conglomerate Keppel Group Ltd, said its independent director has resigned after his permanent residency was cancelled when he was accused of being an agent of influence for a foreign country.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday that Huang Jing, a professor of US-China relations at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, “knowingly interacted with intelligence organisations and agents of the foreign country” with the aim of bringing about a change in the direction of Singapore’s foreign policy.

Keppel Group said that further to the ministry’s statement cancelling Huang’s Singapore permanent residence status, Keppel Land had received and accepted Huang’s resignation as a director with immediate effect.

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Huang said on Monday he had resigned from Keppel Land but declined to comment on the ministry’s ruling.

The ruling, which also applied to Huang’s wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping, means that if they leave Singapore, they will not be readmitted. The ministry identified the couple as US citizens but did not identify the country for which Huang was said to have been working.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, named after modern Singapore’s founding father, is a postgraduate school of the National University of Singapore. The university said it had suspended Huang without pay while it worked with the ministry on the matter.