Singapore / Australia A scathing Facebook attack launched by Malcolm Turnbull’s son on the Singapore government has emerged as the country’s PM holds talks in Australia.
Mr Turnbull and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have pledged to work more closely on regional security and tackling terrorism, while making it easier to invest and trade between the two nations.
On Wednesday an online post by Mr Turnbull’s son, Alex Turnbull, criticising the Singaporean government’s handling of their smoke haze crisis, was revealed.
Alex, 34, lives in Singapore with his one-year-old daughter, Isla.
In the post he voices his concern over the dangerous effects of the country’s smoke haze on his young daughter’s health, Seven News reported.
The Australian PM’s son slammed Mr Lee’s government, accusing them of taking a back seat while ‘friends and associates’ run Singapore’s palm plantations responsible for the problematic haze.
Alex Turnbull said the plantations were ‘recklessly endangering the health of children for profit.’
In the post written in 2015 under a pseudonym, he warned the Singaporean government the plantations owners were ‘more like a person trying to kill your children than your friend.’
He also criticised the government’s response to the haze crisis.
The revelations come as Mr Lee and Mr Turnbull hold talks in Australia.
On Thursday the pair will sign a $2 billion deal under which 14,000 Singaporean troops will train for 18 weeks a year in central and northern Queensland and Singapore will be given special permission to develop military training facilities.
‘Our decision to grant Singapore the special level of access underlies the enormous trust and respect that exists between our respective armed forces,’ Mr Turnbull told parliament on Wednesday.