Closing the border is not sensible

Singapore close our borders to reduce the imported cases of covid infections. This is not a sensible approach. It destroys our tourism industry.

If the covid infection is serious, we should implement measures to reduce social contact. If the infection is not serious and does not lead to many cases of intensive care and deaths, we do not need to worry about it to an extreme extent.

Take the case of Victoria state in Australia. They are alarmed at the increase in infection. They imposed a curfew at night and restricted access during the day.

They do not bother about border control, because few people from outside will want to visit the state and the proportion of infected people from outside is probably lower than the proportion within the state.

It does not make any sense to implement more restrictive measures on incoming visitors when they are less likely to be infected compared to the local residents.

Enforcing a strick 7 or 14 day quarantine or stay home notice is not a good approach. I describe it as “insane”.

If the spread is serious, we can implement control over the entire population. There is no need to single out incoming visitors for quarantine or stricter control.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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21 Responses to “Closing the border is not sensible”

  • uselesstankl:

    Closing your HEAD and MOUTH, IS…..

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Lockdowns are insane. We should be able to travel, go JB. But will other countries allow that?

    A lot of places closed down already.

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  • tan kin lian is pea brained:

    we support all OPPO.

    as long as not pap, we support.

    having said the above, we hope this tan kin lian does not join WP PSP. because he shall be a problem.

    if ever WP or PSP thinks it is considering accepting tan kin lian, we shall move on our wheel chairs to see Mr P Singh or Dr Tan CB to tell them why accepting the pea brained is as good as suicide.

    on the other hand, we clap clap clap our approval if pap accepts tan kin lian. since it does pap no harm, one pea brain adding to a sea of pea brains.

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  • Taleban:

    Tan KL : If you have nothing to say, shut your fxxking mouth.
    Tourism during this pandemic???Who dare to travel to anywhere for holiday? Maybe for work but tourism?
    Better go for short but drastic painful measure than slow long painful measure.
    Tan KL remember to take your medication.

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  • oxygen:

    BORDER CONTROL IS NOT UNILATERAL ONE-WAY of LEE-jiapore’s choice determination, tourism-sourcing economies themselves shut their own departure/arrival air terminal. And consumer spending habits have changed. Who wants to be contaminated or infected in an aircraft?

    Dr Fauci says he doesn;t want to dine-in in his favorite restaurant. Nor he wants to travel on an aircraft.

    SO HOW?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    If we don’t close our borders, people from the north, India, Indonesia, pinoy, etc will be coming for medical treatment on Covid-19, paid by Singapore taxpayers.

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  • Just an observant:

    @ If we don’t close our borders, people from the north, India, Indonesia, pinoy, etc will be coming for medical treatment on Covid-19, paid by Singapore taxpayers.

    Good point.

    @ Tourism during this pandemic???Who dare to travel to anywhere for holiday? Maybe for work but tourism?

    I dare to , on the condition all expenses free ( food drinks lodging medical , shopping …b). Of course where got such offering except scam.

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  • just shut it:

    even when our borders are closed, many are still getting in thro gov made loopholes eg ltp holders lah..dependants lah..essential fws coming home lah blah blah blah..
    then gahment takes care of them for 14 days or longer @ taxpayers expense.
    our gahment is being played out..
    all of us can see it, except themselves.
    they only see $$$ sign and everything can can can!

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  • xoxo:

    So,i see TKL REVEALS HIS TRUE SELF.
    He was CEO NTUC INCOME and i happened to be a client of INCOME before.
    BUT,CLAIMS WERE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN N I GSVE UP N USE ANOTHER INSURER.

    TKL shows he is more concerned about making money than human lives n well-being.
    He too is of SHORT-TERM GAIM$ THINKING as against LONG-TERM WEALTH as HEALTH IS wealth,any wise old man would tell you?

    It is better for the world to SACRIFICE SHORT-TERM GAIN$ for LONG-TERM *SHARED* /COMMON WEALTH,IS IT NOT?

    CONTAINMENT IS PAINFUL BUT IT WILL PROVE *YSEFUL*; only dafts n greedy people still dont get it.

    You geddit now,TKL?

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  • WP Voter:

    There are ways to manage coronavirus besides locked down. Managing cases is simplistic. Cases will continue to go up until herd immunity is attained. But managing the susceptible population to minimise the critical and death cases should the goal. A battery of different tests can help.

    There is sufficient information to control the spread while opening the economy and giving the choice to the workforce to decide whether or not to work in “offices”. The susceptible cohorts and those averse to risk should be mitigated.

    As more retrenchments are coming, many will begin the feel the heat. Some of the businesses will never come back. Have sympathy for these bread winners.

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  • Halimah Totally Useless:

    You open the door and the CERCA Ah Nehs and Pinoys will flood in, which they are already trickling in daily.
    Every day, reports of infected Imports from these Ah Nehs and Pinoys, mainly PRs and WP holders coming back here.
    And with the Middle East countries retrenching these hundreds of thousands of Ah Nehs and Pinoys, they’ll make a bee line here.
    With our so generous PAP govt., who allow people coming in as tourist and staying back to look for jobs, just asking for trouble to open the door now.
    And TKL, better shut up instead of spouting BS .

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  • My $8 heart bypass:

    ” If the spread is serious, we can implement control over the entire population. There is no need to single out incoming visitors for quarantine or stricter control.”

    TKL – did you really said that ???
    Did you not consider the plight of the self employed, or the small Biz, or the hawkers ??

    Business are already suffering and thousands losing their jobs, and here you are suggesting to implement control for the whole population.

    Try telling that to those who are out of jibs trying to feed their families or pay their mortgages.

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  • Harder Truths:

    I wish someone can make an app that sends all the new arrivals to TKL’s house to hug him. This way he will be too busy to bother with us,

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  • Many Infected Ah Nehs Return:

    TKL where is your brains ? Inside your a$$e hole ?

    Kuwait has just let go 800 millions Indians back to India. What happens if these 800 millions Ah Neh start coming in to Singapore ? Are you opening your house for them ? WTF

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  • Balance:

    Need to strike a balance …
    The economic devastating impact will be worse than the Pandemic …
    Sad Reality.
    Better to take maximum precaution,especially for the vulnerable group and open the economy in the safest way possible ASAP…
    Not a easy task with this Virus…

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  • EducatedIdiots:

    If you, as leaders, live life as if your grandfather owns the earth, you will pay the price of death for everyone sooner or later(city rises and cities fall throughout the history of man)

    Cities ate falling apart everywhere because they ate oblivion to the laws of nature which governs the universe or our earth.

    If you know not to test the boundaries of fire or gravity why would you not understand the consequences of a “social disease”(hence the need to observe “social distancing”)

    What have earthlings done wrong that had set a destructive dissease on mankind? What have earnings done wrong to INVITE destruction on their own cities?

    I think if you continue to foolishly to play “russian roulette” with “nature laws” and nobody is wiser to tell you off, then expect something even worse than the covid19 to come upon all of us.

    First thing you need to do is to get rid of stupid and foolish leadership who understand not the laws from above. You blindly follow “credentials” because they are experts or highly educated/highky paid and given prominence/respect in society, you might as well pronounce hell to your offsprings or force them to commit suicide.

    Those who rule your life with money rule your grave and death. Are you that stupid?

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  • Actuary Plays With Numbers:

    xoxo: TKL shows he is more concerned about making money than human lives n well-being.
    He too is of SHORT-TERM GAIM$ THINKING as against LONG-TERM WEALTH as HEALTH IS wealth,any wise old man would tell you?

    Why would an actuary cares about human lives? He cares about numbers and statistics and capitalize on it.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Easier solution TR can censor TKL articles but then, wheres the freedom of speech , expression , …. And everyone entitle to their opinions / views.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Auzzie covid 19 cases chiong and obviously their gov rather kan cheong now.

    Then some of them auzzie having anti lockdown protest.

    Looks like initial good performance does not guarantee long term performance.
    What say u michael barr n zhenzidan?

    Next like seah suay sg, seah suay auzzie people also cleaning the shelves off supermarkets.

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  • promote local consumption:

    Better to promote local consumption.
    Many F&B and stalls are closing for good.Other will not survive much longer without help.
    Serious issues ahead…need to promote local consumption fast.
    Save as many hawkers and F&B as possible.Once dead is gone forever.
    Suggest issue coupons to Singaporean to support local consumption.
    More to the poorer and elderly group.
    Tourist not going to help much at this time…too little of them with the pandemic problem worldwide now.

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  • Partial truth?:

    Some FnB actually doing ok.

    Yesterday went little india then sim lim sq then rocher road side follow by a slow walk to beach road golden mile.

    I strolled and cut thru Haji Street, Arab street, Baghdad street and Bussorah street , … Surprisingly the crowds back. U see ang mos, chinese, indians and other races drinking beers at the beer house or diners house or nearby coffeeshops. Atmosphere is not bad.

    Even golden miles there was a slow queue of more than 15 to 20 people waiting in line to enter. I wanted to take a look but hated the queue so f off. Except all the tour agencies all closed and shuttered down. The retail and ktv and fnb inside operating. From the outside can catch a glimpse.

    Sim Lim sq wise also have less than moderate crowd but cannot compare to its past glorius days. Rochor hawker center due to seats limitation we see slighty lower numbers before pandemic ( last year ). Bugis street e.g. ABC ( definitely crowded ) or japan home or other stalls still not too bad though lower patrons.

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