Roy Ngerng: Why Bloomberg’s praise of the Singapore model does not reflect reality

Bloomberg praised Singapore’s coronavirus management but the reality is very different on ground – Singaporeans don’t trust the government, in contrast to how Taiwan’s quick actions engendered more trust among its citizens.

Singapore’s healthcare approach is strong though – the government’s testing of all pneumonia cases means that it picked up cases with no links to China. But its face mask strategy was flawed – 4 face masks were given to each household, and there were no assurances of more.

In contrast, Taiwan said it has reserved stock for masks, created new production lines to make masks, developed a rationing system, and set a flat cost for masks. So everyone is guaranteed masks based on a conservation strategy. And it has worked. Everyone wears a mask on the MRT.

But the key issue is this: Singaporeans don’t trust the government because there is little transparency. Citizens are persecuted for asking questions and when a crisis happens, the immediate response becomes a fear-based one. So, they don’t trust the government.

The PAP ministers became very technical in saying initially that there was only “limited” transmission before moving on to say that there was no “widespread” transmission and then quickly becoming “community” transmission. The communication strategy is therefore flawed because it gave the impression that the government was not being transparent.

It also did not help that the PAP government was shaming Singaporeans to stop the panic buying.

Chan Chun Sing said that if “Singaporeans cannot react well in times of crisis… we will undermine the international confidence in our system” while Lee Hsien Loong said: “We are not locking down the city or confining everybody to stay at home. We have ample supplies, so there is no need to stock up with instant noodles, tinned food, or toilet paper, as some people did yesterday.”

The impression this gave is the government is embarrassed and wants people to stop by chiding them. But telling people to stop is not enough, it needs to be accompanied by actions, and the government’s management of the face mask situation did not match up.

This is a by-product of Singapore’s lack of democracy and transparency over the years; this is what has created the distrust among Singaporeans of the PAP.

The only way to build resilient among the community, so that they can become strong enough to fight off the outbreak, is to give power back to the people, to let them learn, to ask questions, and to think for themselves, so that in times of crisis, they will be able to act confidently.

If the PAP wants to build a resilient society that can work together with its economic objectives, so that society can be strong enough to withstand the next coronavirus attack, then the PAP has to learn to let go. It has to take care of the citizens.

Otherwise, the next coronavirus outbreak will once again be a battle of whether PAP’s economic objectives will win out, or whether fear will finally cripple the system – if the PAP continues to remain in power.

 

Roy Ngerng

 

 

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31 Responses to “Roy Ngerng: Why Bloomberg’s praise of the Singapore model does not reflect reality”

  • Ryu Watanabe:

    Is it someone in used in Bloomberg?

    The most infected city outside China and get praised?

    There is a problem with SG being so highly infected.

    Never trust media.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Roy, you are spot on…to reassure is no ASSURANCE of what TRUTH is hidden behind closed doors & Ivory Towers…

    What is at STAKE is the Economy that may grind to a HALT and affect their Lifestyles & Earnings…Bloomberg is ALL ABOUT MONEY…LIFE is only a Digit in their Books…EVIL is their REASON to LIVE which happens to be the reverse of LIVE

    Destroying Life in whatever Form or Guise…through Pro or LEEgal Abortion…exterminate the lower mortals in 3rd world countries to LIVE a better EVIL life is their GOAL

    Money & Economy… the Driving Force of Evil!!!

    The need for money and economy is a NECESSITY but to WORSHIP it to a Level where Life is WORTHLESS is an “ABSOLUTE EVIL”

    The OWL will make its call to whoever that “Worship It” in the name of Money & Power…and Economy has NOTHING to do with it!!!

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  • No politics ,human pk of:

    This is emergency, all efforts must be fighting viruses. Human against Viruses. Any persons will be helping the viruses and hurt human by challenging the authority now. The current authority is being choosen by the people, if they are not performing then would be get voted out. It doesn’t help to go against heaven.

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  • Bapak:

    Any country wants to take him and his yesmen and yeswomen to run their lives, please go ahead. We will be very glad to send them away.

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  • oxygen:

    DICTATORSHIP DOES NOT WORK IN CRISIS because trusts is long dead. XJP is failing big time.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/13/white-house-does-not-have-high-confidence-in-chinas-coronavirus-information-official-says.html

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  • oxygen:

    DICTATORSHIP WORKS ONLY IN CONDITIONS OF STABLE STATE, but in crisis management, the entity is consumed often by seemingly uncontrollable turbulence emanating from outside and germinating from within its own turbulent field.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    It is understandable Singapore would be praised because it has so many cases. Criticizing the country would make citizens lose even more trust in the government making it more difficult to fight the epidemic. The WHO also praised China’s effort in fighting the epidemic for the same reason.

    On the other hand, Singaporeans should criticize the government continuously to keep it on its toes considering the many public health fiascoes in recent years.

    Remember LKY said: “If native Singaporeans are falling behind because “the spurs are not stuck into the hide,” that is their problem.” It is Singaporeans turn to stick the spurs into PAP’s hide.

    In tackling the virus epidemic – no excuses, no mistakes. PAP Ministers and top civil servants need to earn what they are paid. The country has massive reserves and perennial Budget surpluses. These should be used to protect Singaporeans and to take care of the sick ones.

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Morons:

    People with business interests in Spore normally praise govt to the skies.

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  • ActionSpeaksLouderThanWords:

    We SGs know best so why believe a foreign media..
    Maybe some bizness changed hands…nothing is as plain as it seems..use your brain.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Ministers now say panic buying at supermarkets was a misunderstanding due to the DORSCON Orange. Aiyoh! Don’t know they’re trying to save face, to bluff people like those in Bloomberg or they’re really ignorant.

    First they say there’s enough stock on masks when in reality people have difficulty finding them all over sg. Everywhere which supposedly masks can be bought from, you can so often hear people asking if there’re new stock already. Even hand sanitizer also cannot be found anywhere.

    So, of course when DORSCON first turned orange, people smart liao. Rush and chiong to buy whatever we deem necessary before items run out like what happened to masks and hand sanitizer!

    2 days ago, Min L.Wrong told press that panic buying situation has stabilised as if to say that Pinky has done a good job to calm people down. In reality, people aren’t rushing to buy anymore bcoz whatever that need to be stocked, most people have already bought them. Again, this kind of statement is to bluff the stupid people outside of sg like Bloomberg.

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  • cut and paste is plagiarism:

    No politics ,human pk of:
    This is emergency, all efforts must be fighting viruses. Human against Viruses. Any persons will be helping the viruses and hurt human by challenging the authority now. The current authority is being choosen by the people, if they are not performing then would be get voted out. It doesn’t help to go against heaven.

    we the 30% OPPO of heaven has the mandate to tell 70% sheep about pap lies, especially the dangerous one about no need to wear mask unless kenna.

    look at HK. look at Taiwan. the basic rule is wear mask until further notice. and pap Spore has more infections than HK and Taiwan to date.

    we don’t disagree current pap term is chosen by 70% sheep during GE2015. but we are uncertain if this is so GE2020. as mentioned above, GE2015 it was 70% sheep mandate of heaven to vote 70% sheep way. but at the same time, it is also mandate of heaven to have 30% OPPO until New Government forms.

    so we conclude you have only given half the message about mandate of heaven. you have mentioned the 2nd half about pap in government courtesy of 70% sheep. you have forgotten to mention the first half about 30% OPPO. btw the switch in government needs just a little of 20.01% swing from 70% sheep. it is going to happen under mandate of heaven as you classed it.

    in case you don’t know, pap government lies all the time. INDIAN is malay. pap says needed to elect a malay president but proceeded to select an INDIAN one. pap says within 200m of polling station on polling day is offence but when pap leaders were caught inside polling station on polling day the pap interpretation IS, INSIDE 200m is not within 200m for the purposes of elak offence committed by pap elders.

    this type of lying government can accept? we don’t think so.

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  • nterpretation of DOTCOM Olang:

    //Ministers now say panic buying at supermarkets was a misunderstanding due to the DORSCON Orange.//

    aiyoh. it is the interpretation of DOTCOM Olang from each perspective NOT ‘misunderstanding’ ??? now the question, can PORMAR OR not for such misunderstanding ?

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  • All In A Familee:

    Ryu Watanabe:
    Is it someone in used in Bloomberg?

    The most infected city outside China and get praised?

    There is a problem with SG being so highly infected.

    Never trust media.

    Many already know that Bloomberg is in cahoot with the CCP kleptocrats, with much business stakes in China, such as Kaplan inc.

    Naturally Bloomberg will sing praises to the brothers.

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  • Ramarau Perumal:

    Good on you Roy,
    The flip flops are so obvious.
    Bloomberg or someone there must be day dreaming.

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  • Roy Spread Fake News:

    Dear Readers, alert, alert, alert.
    Roy aka Ang Mo Tua Kee is spreading fake news below.
    Roy aka Ang Mo are angel is spreading fake news below.
    In contrast, Taiwan said it has reserved stock for masks, created new production lines to make masks, developed a rationing system, and set a flat cost for masks. So everyone is guaranteed masks based on a conservation strategy.
    =====================================================================
    The truth is: Taiwan (呆湾)screw up big big time in containing the situation.

    Please watch the true situation in Taiwan (呆湾)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y98746V9otA&feature=youtu.be

    Please read the truth : https://taiwan.huanqiu.com/article/3wxXcfxJ8kA

    Please google for the word 台湾口罩之乱

    Do not believe in Oxygen, Roy or other Yellow Banana aka Ang Mo Tua Kee aka Ang Mo Are Angel kind of post. They only know the English language.

    In contrast, people like me understand 4 language, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Teochew.

    Learn to read news from different language and do not be a yellow banana.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020

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  • Roy Spread Fake News:

    cut and paste is plagiarism:
    look at HK. look at Taiwan. the basic rule is wear mask until further notice. and pap Spore has more infections than HK and Taiwan to date.

    Dear cut and paste is plagiarism,
    Do not spread fake news.

    HK and Taiwan is following PAP Singapore。

    我ok你先領
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E6%88%91ok%E4%BD%A0%E5%85%88%E9%A0%98

    華視新聞 20200207 「我OK你先領」 網掀口罩禮讓運動
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMtmTLQXwbQ

    Dear readers,
    Do not fully believe a word of yellow banana Ang Mo Tua Kee like Roy, Oxygen and cut and paste is plagiarism

    The Ang Mo Tua Kee only know English. We must get our news also from other languages.

    You can google 我OK你先領 and find more information that many countries are copying PAP Singapore.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020

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  • GL:

    Come on… it was ridiculous how people started emptying stores of instant noodles and other basic supplies, as if there was a war going on or something. Not sure how this is the govt’s fault. Everything is apparently the govt’s fault!
    And as for masks, I dont see any reputed source saying that wearing masks can protect you from the virus. Cleanliness and washing hands is more important.

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  • Roy Spread Fake News:

    Dear Singaporeans,
    Don’t be like stupid Hong Kongers who are make use of by American CIA.

    Martin Lee Enjoys Dinner During Riot 13 October 2019
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXjSv3Hj-Xg

    The guy who block the camera is a pastor.

    The organization that fund the HK black shirt protesters, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is operated by US CIA.

    The yellow banana here could well be spy from NED to bring down Singapore and if not are stupid gullible people manipulated by NED.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020

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  • Went to Japan:

    I think they sponsored many articles on Bloomberg etc.

    It is to boost the clown image.

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  • WakeupSG:

    When DORSCON changed from Yellow to Orange the people were shocked (not panic) & start to store up the basic necessities like instant noodles, canned food, toilet papers seeing that the change from green to yellow & to orange within a short span of time. They were shell-shocked by the sudden turn of alert level & naturally reacted to stock up in case the alert level suddenly change to RED which is equivalent to a lockdown.

    I don’t think the people were panicky but after assessing the suddenness of the govt in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis alert levels they made rapid action to stock up.

    This phenomenon shows the incompetence of 4G leadership in tackling the virus transmission when Wuhan lockdown was activated. PM was telling the people to stay calm & not to panic as COVID-19 virus is not as dangerous (not so deadly) as SARS. You well know the death toll in China exceeded that of SARS!

    Instead the govt panicked as the infected cases keep increasing because I think they wanted to wait & see; not quick & decisive to ban the travellers coming from China. SG started to have imported infected travellers from Wuhan. Consequently the govt suddenly come to their senses & changed the alert levels suddenly! The people responded accordingly to stock up to prepare for any sudden change to RED alert level!

    Just sharing my opinion.

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  • TruBlu:

    ONE SIMPLE LESSON.

    NO HUMAN CAN PLAY GOD,
    DONT TRY.

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  • so many pap IBs here, because:

    nobody kicks at a dead puppy.

    so many pap IBs here on this topic.

    WHY?

    because truth is here and so pap IBs are here too to distract readers from truth.

    that is WHY.

    as usual with pap.

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  • What next ?:

    Today probably another panic buying episode.after yesterdays news.
    67cases a big jump from the last days.
    Cant blame anyone..its good to be prepared.
    Im not gonna believe what “dont wear a mask” ministars say anymore.
    Dont be a victim of “you believe them you die faster”…

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  • Lance Corporal Paramasivam:

    Dont u know those who engage in this stockup behaviour emptying aunty u see are mostly fts? Sinkies are ao stupid the fts beat them even in kaisuism. Sinkies mostly line up for iPhone.

    do u know why ? Fts background..

    nd food hoarding is often directly connected to childhood neglect, such as not having basic needs for food inadequately met or denied. This type of experience triggers a survival mode mentality. The necessity to take care of him or herself before a child is developmentally ready can lead to emotional issues, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and challenges adjusting to future life cycle changes. Food hording is just one of them.

    talk big and know nothing… that is the quality of 4G scholar

    WakeupSG:
    When DORSCON changed from Yellow to Orange the people were shocked (not panic) & start to store up the basic necessities like instant noodles, canned food, toilet papers seeing that the change from green to yellow & to orange within a short span of time. They were shell-shocked by the sudden turn of alert level & naturally reacted to stock up in case the alert level suddenly change to RED which is equivalent to a lockdown.

    I don’t think the people were panicky but after assessing the suddenness of the govt in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis alert levels they made rapid action to stock up.

    This phenomenon shows the incompetence of 4G leadership in tackling the virus transmission when Wuhan lockdown was activated. PM was telling the people to stay calm & not to panic as COVID-19 virus is not as dangerous (not so deadly) as SARS. You well know the death toll in China exceeded that of SARS!

    Instead the govt panicked as the infected cases keep increasing because I think they wanted to wait & see; not quick & decisive to ban the travellers coming from China. SG started to have imported infected travellers from Wuhan. Consequently the govt suddenly come to their senses & changed the alert levels suddenly! The people responded accordingly to stock up to prepare for any sudden change to RED alert level!

    Just sharing my opinion.

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  • Python 5:

    that employee in Bloomberg must be a PAP mole. or they must have paid Bloomberg a sum of money to publish that.

    just like those Entrepreneur of the year award…you pay them 10 or 20k and they GIVE you that award and feature your business on CNA.

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  • Bapak:

    I have treated Bloomberg in the same category as The Shit Times long time ago. Never read this another shit paper, Broombird. They have lost credibility.

    Python 5:
    that employee in Bloomberg must be a PAP mole. or they must have paid Bloomberg a sum of money to publish that.

    just like those Entrepreneur of the year award…you pay them 10 or 20k and they GIVE you that award and feature your business on CNA.

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  • Bapak:

    You are spot on, absolutely right. Thanks for sharing.

    But you know PAP never admitted they are wrong, instead blame the people and labelled them as rumour mongers. They don’t deserve to be paid a single cent.

    WakeupSG:
    When DORSCON changed from Yellow to Orange the people were shocked (not panic) & start to store up the basic necessities like instant noodles, canned food, toilet papers seeing that the change from green to yellow & to orange within a short span of time. They were shell-shocked by the sudden turn of alert level & naturally reacted to stock up in case the alert level suddenly change to RED which is equivalent to a lockdown.

    I don’t think the people were panicky but after assessing the suddenness of the govt in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis alert levels they made rapid action to stock up.

    This phenomenon shows the incompetence of 4G leadership in tackling the virus transmission when Wuhan lockdown was activated. PM was telling the people to stay calm & not to panic as COVID-19 virus is not as dangerous (not so deadly) as SARS. You well know the death toll in China exceeded that of SARS!

    Instead the govt panicked as the infected cases keep increasing because I think they wanted to wait & see; not quick & decisive to ban the travellers coming from China. SG started to have imported infected travellers from Wuhan. Consequently the govt suddenly come to their senses & changed the alert levels suddenly! The people responded accordingly to stock up to prepare for any sudden change to RED alert level!

    Just sharing my opinion.

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  • Bapak:

    Cool bro. Not many, don’t be fooled, one only using multiple names.

    Roy Spread Fake News = PAP mandate strong = PAPSUREWIN = PAPGUARANTEEDWIN throwing smoke screens.

    With ringgit gained against S$, MY glow to 4.8%, he is very malu, got no face to use same name.

    Meanwhile, Tun is laughing so loud from his office in KL, Sinkapore also can hear. He first laugh was when the Clown opened his big mouth too early when he said Covid-19 is not as serious as SARS. Every smart leaders kept quite, he gei kiang want to show people he knows the virus. Those who gave him this info will be GUARANTEEDSURESACKED.

    Second laugh, when SG turned Orange. Third laugh, when the Clown told people to calm. No one is panicking, just playing it safe. The panicky one is PAP.

    Those who change name are not credible and not to be trusted people. His ancestor also hate him.

    so many pap IBs here, because:
    nobody kicks at a dead puppy.

    so many pap IBs here on this topic.

    WHY?

    because truth is here and so pap IBs are here too to distract readers from truth.

    that is WHY.

    as usual with pap.

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  • Very well analyzed, Thanks bro:

    Bapak:
    Cool bro. Not many, don’t be fooled, one only using multiple names.

    Roy Spread Fake News = PAP mandate strong = PAPSUREWIN = PAPGUARANTEEDWIN throwing smoke screens.

    With ringgit gained against S$, MY glow to 4.8%, he is very malu, got no face to use same name.

    Meanwhile, Tun is laughing so loud from his office in KL, Sinkapore also can hear. He first laugh was when the Clown opened his big mouth too early when he said Covid-19 is not as serious as SARS. Every smart leaders kept quite, he gei kiang want to show people he knows the virus. Those who gave him this info will be GUARANTEEDSURESACKED.

    Second laugh, when SG turned Orange. Third laugh, when the Clown told people to calm. No one is panicking, just playing it safe. The panicky one is PAP.

    Those who change name are not credible and not to be trusted people. His ancestor also hate him.

    It is that one pap IB cynical incestor masquerading as, Roy Spread Fake News = PAP mandate strong = PAPSUREWIN = PAPGUARANTEEDWIN

    A pitiful piece of shit this pap IB.

    Cannot BS in petir because in the land of petir BS not qualified. Unable to BS in TRE because TRE is smartest 30% OPPO in Singapore.

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  • 2 BB nothing is frre:

    To these loudmouthed trillionbaskets, nothing is for free including u me i leaky u mission.The Jewel arch losr the gorrilla whp say othing bevos sje just escape to rape in the wealth the nfi imbecile cant rape fast enough to throw to to their partners in the cesspool. Rem the recent negative us investmt gorilla so happily bloated itself in.

    do not forget amos papdng’s constant threat nothing is for free except when you r mandate to rape like the frumpy n frumpian basket.

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  • Longan sued entire family:

    Macau has tens of thousands China low wage workers entering and exiting Macau everyday on congested buses and yet so few infections compared to SG.

    Likewise HK.

    Yet bombedberg report is so biased.

    I suspect dishonesty

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