Beyond thumos: Debating and listening in a crisis, Opinion News & Top Stories

Singapore is on heightened alert as efforts are stepped up to rein in the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. We’re on a knife-edge, as Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the multi-ministry task force on the pandemic, put it. Along with concern over rising case numbers, there has also been a measure of frustration and anger at our current state of revived restrictions.

It is hard to gauge how broad or deep the level of disappointment and anger is on the ground over the Government’s handling of the matter. Depending on one’s circle of friends and acquaintances and social media feeds, it could be the venting of views of a relatively small but loud constituency, or the signs of a larger wave of discontent.

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