SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said there is no conflict of interest in the appointment of former Cabinet Minister George Yeo to the Hong Kong Economic Development Commission.
He was responding to Non—Constituency Member of Parliament Lina Chiam who had asked whether Mr Yeo’s appointment jeopardised Singapore’s strategic interests.
Mr Masagos explained: "Mr Yeo has been appointed by Hong Kong Chief Executive, Leung Chun—ying as non—official member of the newly established Hong Kong Economic Development Commission. The purpose of the Commission as I understand is to provide advice to the Hong Kong government on the overall strategy and policy to broaden Hong Kong’s economic base, and to enhance Hong Kong’s economic growth and development.
Mr Masagos added it is not unusual for governments to appoint foreigners as advisors to tap on their professional expertise and experience.
He said Singapore has also "appointed prominent foreigners to our international advisory boards on issues such as finance and economic development".
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