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Blunt response to The New York Times’ ‘racist’ article on Singapore’s Covid-19 efforts goes viral

A rather dramatic op-ed about the Covid-19 situation in Singapore has garnered an equally dramatic response by a Singaporean, who believes that the original article published by The New York Times (NYT) holds a “racist spin”. 

The parties involved: Megan K. Stack, veteran journalist and best-selling author; Ivan Hong, entrepreneur and social commentator; and Singapore, the country they both call home. 

On Wednesday (May 20), Stack’s article about how the Singapore government and its citizens are handling the coronavirus outbreak was published on NYT. It’s a commentary from an outsider’s point of view, filled with common tropes about the republic’s stances on homosexuality, civil liberties, surveillance and the death penalty. 

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