Money buys influence. Therefore, the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act 2021 (FICA) seeks to prevent foreigners from interfering in Singapore’s domestic politics through funding as one of its measures. It prohibits Politically Significant Persons (PSPs), which include political associations, candidates and their election agents from accepting donations other than from permissible sources and restricts the receipt of anonymous donations.
The Registrar, Registry of Political Donations (RPD) is the competent authority responsible for administering the obligations on candidates and election agents during Presidential and Parliamentary elections under FICA. The Registrar is supported by the RPD which is located within the Elections Department at the following address:
11 Novena Rise
The operating hours are:
Monday to Friday – 9 am to 5.30 pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays
requires the following three groups of people to file donation reports with the Registrar, RPD:
The RPD has prepared a handbook to help political associations, candidates and their election agents comply with the provisions of the PDA and its Regulations.
Hard copy forms are also obtainable from the RPD.
The Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act 2021 (FICA) was passed by Parliament on 4 Oct 2021 and assented to by the President on 29 Oct 2021. Provisions related to countering foreign interference by hostile information campaigns came into force on 7 Jul 2022. The provisions related to Politically Significant Persons (PSPs) came into force on 29 Dec 2023. At the same time, the Political Donations Act 2000 (PDA) was repealed, and the existing obligations under the PDA was ported over to FICA.
FICA aims to counteract foreign interference in our domestic politics in the interest of Singapore’s national security, and counter hostile information campaigns mounted by foreign actors. It introduces directions to deal with harmful online communications activity and countermeasures to be imposed on the following PSPs, who are directly involved in our political processes:
The provisions related to PSPs largely retain the existing political donations requirements under the PDA for all PSPs with some additional countermeasures. To avoid any overlap, the PDA had been repealed and the existing requirements under the PDA were ported over to FICA when the provisions related to PSPs under FICA came into effect. Under FICA, PSPs are subject to the following requirements and restrictions:
A different competent authority may be appointed for different provisions under FICA and for different times. On top of regulating political donations, the competent authority will have powers, including to issue various directives against harmful foreign communications activity.
For candidates and their election agents
The Registrar, Registry of Political Donations is the competent authority responsible for administering obligations on candidates and their election agents during Presidential and Parliamentary elections under FICA. Information on reporting requirements in relation to candidates and their election agents will be updated on the Presidential Candidates and Parliamentary Candidates webpages accordingly to guide prospective candidates and their election agents prior to the respective election. For further information on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on political donations relating to candidates and their election agents, refer to the Candidate FAQs webpage for Presidential candidates and Candidate FAQs webpage for Parliamentary candidates.
For other PSPs
Likewise, the Registrar, Registry of Foreign and Political Disclosures is the competent authority responsible for administering obligations on all other PSPs under FICA. For more details on FICA obligations for all other PSPs, refer to the Introduction to Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act (FICA) webpage at the Ministry of Home Affairs website. For any query related to FICA obligations on other PSPs, email to MHA_RFPD@mha.gov.sg.