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Query on Residence Status

We have received the following query, which may be of interest to many visitors to the site. So, with the kind permission of the author, we are reproducing it here:

Hello all. First and foremost, I would like to commend the team contributing to this cause for their effort, and dedication, to making a much-welcomed change.

I have a question though – I see that non-residents have been included in signing the petition – is/should this be allowed? Are non-residents allowed to interfere in a sovereign state’s affairs?

My perspective on this issue is that I fully support the move to ensure that Singaporeans and PRs sign the petition. However, i am not convinced that the petition would be persuasive if it contained the signatures of non-Singaporeans, especially since the petition concerns a change in domestic legislation. This is a worthy cause, and it would be unfortunate to see the petition being rejected on such grounds.

I look forward to hearing your views regarding this query.

Our response is as follows:

Thank you for your kind words and for your feedback. We understand your concerns and for those reasons we ask all signatories to specify whether they are Singapore citizens, Permanent Residents or Other. When the signatures are tallied, we will be able to give the total numbers who are Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents without including all those who have selected Other. At the same time, we appreciate and welcome statements of support from anyone.

If you have any other questions about the petition or the campaign please do not hesitate to contact us at, or leave a comment on this blog.

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