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Safe to open the border

If we continue to close the border and make it difficult for travelers to come to Singapore, our business will continue to suffer. Many have to close down, leading to retrenchment of workers.

Can we take the risk and open our borders?

Yes, we should open our borders now. I believe that the risk is very small and can be managed.

Here are my reasons:

a) We can test the incoming visitors to see if they are infected with the coronavirus. We only need to isolate the infected ones.

b) Even if some of the travelers are not detected on entry, the infection is likely to be mild. It will not cause much harm and will not lead to the spread of the virus.

c) We can strengthen our protocol to identify the symptomatic cases and send them for testing. Those who are infected can be isolated. We can provide self service temperature scanning stations. Those who have a temperature should be asked to go to the special clinic for testing. The testing will be free for them.

The key feature of my proposal is:

a) Don’t worry about the asymptomatic and mild cases.
b) Focus on the symptomatic cases and make it easy to test them. Send them for isolation when they are detected.
c) There may be a few infected cases moving in the community. We do not need to worry about them, if they remain mild.

If we adopt this approach, we can open up the border safely. This will help the economy to recover and jobs to be protected.

If this approach leads to a large increase in serious, infected cases, we can reintroduce the strict measures at that time. I do not think that we will reach this stage. We can take this risk and be ready to change our strategy if the infection become worse than expected.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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16 Responses to “Safe to open the border”

  • xoxo:

    Dont just talk big.
    You also can fly to India and accompany the Fts back.
    You can act as tour guide.
    Dont worry too much,you wont get infected.
    *the chances are very low* and if is serious,you can get hospitalised FOC for doimg national service.
    Else,i suggest you go volunteer yourself at the Foreign workers dorma here.
    Dont worry,no more local infection,you dont need to put on a mask too.
    Ah Tan,talk is cheap.
    Why not you put your money where your mouth is?

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  • CosmicKarma:

    Your economy which is designed to empower and enrich “questionable people” will always be cause of conflicts and war in the world.

    Covid19 is just one of many cosmic disturbances or intervention.

    Better that “schooled smart people” face the reality of injustices and inequality created by them then to massage/fabricate reality and continue to rob/oppress the poor/clueless and their rights.

    Surely your religion has taught you not to provoke or mess with cosmic karma?

    Or do you intend to set up laws to deal with cosmic karma?

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  • The 2nd Coming of Covidesus:

    Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the near future.
    Could it be the 2nd Coming of Covidesus or more to come?

    Que Sera, Sera
    Whatever will be, will be
    The future’s not for us to see
    Que Sera, Sera…..

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  • xoxo:

    look at the living habits.
    In countries where hygiene level is compromised,COVID cases higher.
    In the West,they wear their shoes into the house after roaming about in the streets.
    If we must sanitise our hands,what about dirtied shoes? ARE THERE NO POSSIBLE GERMS ON THE UNDERSIDES OF SHOES?
    NO COVID?

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  • again around this period:

    //Yes, we should open our borders now. I believe that the risk is very small and can be managed.//

    aiyoh virus is ‘intelligent’ leh ? last year about this time, virus started leh ? one year season has not passed lar ??? will the virus come alive with gusto again around this period ??? the scary part is that it may mutate unpredictably if this virus happens to find a friend (host) and get married ???

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  • Yes Yes, open the borders wide wide.

    According to the stats released by MOH, Sinkies are almost all immune to the C19 wat, packed SMRT and packed Buses all also no kenna, scared simi?

    Of the almost 60k kenna C19 one, Sinkies not even 10%, those who kenna must be weak and old peasants, young and strong one where for kenna one?

    So I agree with Mr Tan, should open borders wide wide, better than like now import a few a little day by day right?

    On that note, do away with the check here check there also lar, open Geylang chick house and KTVs and Pubs.

    Say again, Sinkies are immune, scared wat?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    GE2024.

    WP.Guarantee.Win.Again.More GRCs.

    $WP$ Tua Kee;

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Mati-lah $PAP$;

    $PAP$ Slut$ Slut$ Slut$

    Professional, Motivated, Leading Singaporeans must be Rewarded, Treasured, Admired.

    Workers must accept well comensurated salary to weed out cheapskate businesses going which can only afford to pay begar wages.

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  • Gong-Gong:

    Resorts World hotel 90% booked for almost every weekend for staycationers.

    Taxis are choosy about where to go
    PHV are constantly lost and cannot locate rider and asks for cancellations.

    SQ flights to HKG overbooked

    Endless traffic zooming up & down the CTE,KPE,AYE…

    What business are suffering?

    Someone telling lies.

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  • What If?:

    TKL, What if your children, wife or siblings got infected with Covid 19 ?

    Please don’t KPKB okay.

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  • As Safe As Rubber:

    By the going logics, Sg is as safe as rubber; can open frontdoor, sidedoor, backdoor, wide, wide, wide. Sure no covaids?

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  • Talking Cock:

    If it is what it is…zero community cases, then start with relaxation of restrictions to boost LOCAL businesses first. Once you open the border, it can be ‘all hell breaks lose’ again.

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  • Sane or insane:

    @TKL. Doctor or Quack ? Selfless or selfful ?

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  • mike:

    I urge readers to read the followings:

    Open letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò to Donald Trump on 25-Oct-2020:
    The open letter is at the bottom of the page, read Paragraph 14

    https://insidethevatican.com/news/newsflash/letter-32-friday-october-30-2020-vigano-to-trump/

    And together read this BBC news report on 24-Nov-2020:
    Covid-19: China pushes for QR code based global travel system

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55039662

    You shall drive at your own conclusions. I do not believe in religion, yet i still have faith in humanity. Perhaps, a Great Reset by Globalists are fighting its last leg of battle in the name of globalisation.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    What happened to BOrDERS? Closed down!

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  • Do more for local business:

    Better to promote local consumption.
    Help our local business to survive.Safer this way against Covid.
    Give every Singaporean earning less than $2000pm $1K voucher to spend on local food and services.

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  • PAP Close Down:

    Sometimes your left hand don’t know what your right hand is doing.

    1) You criticise people hide behind moniker and yet you do it yourself. Why don’t you set an example? Post a copy of your IC, then I’ll say you are qualified to critique.

    2) You say Sporeans are lazy unmotivated etc. This includes the PAP supporters, PAP, all those work in govt. And this includes you.

    3) Previously you say PAP guarantee win all. It did not happen.

    Using false arguments like that really stupid.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    GE2024.

    WP.Guarantee.Win.Again.More GRCs.

    $WP$ Tua Kee;

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Mati-lah $PAP$;

    $PAP$ Slut$ Slut$ Slut$

    Professional, Motivated, Leading Singaporeans must be Rewarded, Treasured, Admired.

    Workers must accept well comensurated salary to weed out cheapskate businesses going which can only afford to pay begar wages.

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