by Tessa Oh
20 August 2021
SINGAPORE — Singapore’s “right and prudent” approach to managing the Covid-19 crisis has paid off, putting it in a “new position” compared with other top global cities that are still grappling with the virus, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Friday (Aug 20) as he reiterated the country’s commitment to remain an open economy.
“If we had opened up recklessly, then we would not be Singapore anymore. Our experience of Covid-19 would have resembled New York’s or London’s.
“People would now be asking to leave Singapore, not asking to return,” Mr Ong said. He was speaking at a dialogue session with members of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.