"We created this category – boyfriend/girlfriend during a pandemic, last year (in) October, because we wanted to be compassionate… People want their loved ones to come in, and we want to try and help. But if the system is abused, then we have stop it." Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on the rationale for the now-scrapped category and how it was abused to allow some enter Singapore to work illegally as hostesses.

He was speaking in Parliament on Monday (Jul 26).

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