Amid racist incidents, new law to come up on racial harmony in Singapore

Singapore is taking a softer and persuasive approach to managing racial harmony among its multinational society after a number of race-linked cases in public recently raised concerns, according to a media report here. An upcoming law on racial harmony will likely introduce new sanctions, including non-punitive ones, to try and shape social behaviour and norms, … Read more

Vaccinated Singapore eases into reopening as other nations watch for lessons

Ronney Ng, who sells souvenirs in Singapore’s Chinatown, can hardly wait for the country to reopen its borders now that 80% of its population has been inoculated against COVID-19 – one of the world’s best vaccination rates. “Our business depends almost entirely on tourists; it is very tough for us if they are not visiting … Read more

Coronavirus digest: Singapore is now the most vaccinated country

Singapore has fully vaccinated 80% of its population against the coronavirus, the health minister said on Sunday. This makes it the world’s most inoculated country, as several parts of the world struggle to control the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. “We have crossed another milestone, where 80% of our population has received their … Read more

US: Kamala Harris visits Asia amid Afghan crisis

US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Singapore on Sunday, kicking off her trip to Southeast Asia where she is expected to offer reassurances of Washington’s commitment to the region. The vice-president’s visit come just days after the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the subsequent takeover of the country by the Taliban. … Read more

Singapore eyes starting quarantine-free travel in September

Singapore aims to relax more virus curbs, including starting to allow quarantine-free travel in September, marking the first time it’s set out a timeline to reopen borders that have been mostly shut for more than a year. The Southeast Asian city-state expects to have fully vaccinated 80% of its population by then, placing the nation … Read more