Singapore is reducing its payment to Taylor Swift in response to complaints from nearby residents.  

Singapore minimized the extent of the Taylor Swift donation after regional neighbors complained about its efforts to attract the pop star.  

Singapore’s Culture Minister Edwin Tong said Monday the grant amount rumors were “not accurate”.  

Tong told MPs, “I can say that it is not accurate and not anywhere as high as speculated, but due to business confidentiality, we cannot reveal the specific size and conditions of the grant.”  

Tong added that the government was convinced Swift's six city concerts will have “significant and outweigh the size of the grant” economic benefits.  

Tong made these comments after Thailand's Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin told a business event last month that Singapore had paid Swift $2m to $3m to not perform in Southeast Asia.  

Srettha told the Bangkok Post, “If I had known this, I would have brought the shows to Thailand.”  

Last Monday, Philippine legislator Joey Salceda urged Manila to question Singapore about the grant, calling it “not what good neighbours do”.  

Singapore has earlier offered Swift a grant to visit the city-state, without divulging its criteria, to boost tourism-related sectors including lodging, retail, and food.  

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