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EMERGING STRONGER CONVERSATIONS A SUMMARY WE THE PEOPLE | REFLECTIONS AND ASPIRATIONS 15 KEY THEMES | FEATURED STORIES | OPPORTUNITIES TO ACT
CONTENTS OVERVIEW SINGAPORE, TOGETHER Singapore, Together EMERGING STRONGER The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant crisis to CONVERSATIONS confront Singapore in many years. Our country responded in an extraordinary way. A SUMMARY We took precautions to keep our loved ones and fellow Singaporeans safe. Many 03 OVERVIEW stepped up to help those in need. Singapore, Together The government intervened with COVID-19 Reflections four Budgets to support individuals, households, and 05 OUR VOICES businesses. Numbers at a Glance Key Themes As we make difficult adjustments 1. Social Support to overcome COVID-19, we want 2. National Identity & Shared Values to come together, to reflect and 3. Jobs & Economy discuss how to forge a better 4. Digitalisation & Technology way forward. 5. Governance & Civic Engagement 6. Education & Training This was why the Emerging 7. Health & Wellbeing Stronger Conversations (ESCs) 8. Caring For Seniors were launched in June 2020. 9. Our Diverse Singapore Community The ESCs are part of the 10. Environment Singapore Together movement, 11. Family which is about Singaporeans 12. Race & Religion working with one another for a 13. National Security & Total Defence better future. 14, Arts & Sports 15. Built Environment & Liveability 16,900 Singaporeans across diverse backgrounds have 12 FEATURES participated and shared their Deep Dive Conversations views in these ESCs, and in Community-led Conversations surveys and feedback platforms. Sessions were also held in 18 OPPORTUNITIES TO ACT mother tongue languages, and a special effort was made to reach Sharing our views and listening to one another during the virtual ESCs. persons with disabilities. Photo credit: Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth This report reflects our voices. can find happiness, prosperity, to come up with solutions. There and progress. will be further conversations on We may have differing views, specific issues. Singapore but we share a common hope Our conversations cannot stop Together Alliances for Action for a more united people, a here. The pandemic is not over. (AfAs) and other partnerships ACKNOWLEDGEMENT more just and equal society, We need to keep conversing with will be formed, so we can The Singapore Together Emerging Stronger Conversations - A Summary is a reflection and a place where each of us one another, and work together tackle key issues together. of the voices of the people of Singapore. It presents our rich diversity of views and our hopes for Singapore. 2 3
OVERVIEW COVID-19 REFLECTIONS OUR VOICES NUMBERS AT A GLANCE COVID-19 Numbers At 88 SINGAPORE TOGETHER EMERGING STRONGER CONVERSATIONS Reflections A Glance 4,400 PARTICIPANTS COVID-19 has affected many aspects of our lives. Here are a few reflections from Singaporeans. 12,500 SURVEY RESPONDENTS As at 31 December 2020 KEY THEMES These are the most discussed topics across the ESCs: 1 Social Support 17% 2 National Identity & Shared Values 16% 3 Jobs & Economy 14% 4 Digitalisation & Technology 10% PARTICIPANTS’ PROFILE Gender 5 Governance & Civic Engagement 9% Male 54% Female 44% 6 Education & Training 8% Not Stated 2% 7 Health & Wellbeing 6% Ethnicity 73% 13% 6% 6% 2% 8 Caring For Seniors 4% Dear COVID-19, You taught us Dear COVID-19, thank you for Chinese Indian Malay Others Not Stated many lessons... You taught us forcing me out of my comfort Our Diverse Singapore 9 Community 4% that the world is now more zone. Thank you for making me connected than it ever was uncomfortable. Thank you for 10 Environment 3% Age before, that what we deem other making us think of new things countries’ problems can become that we have never thought ours faster than we would like to about prior to your existence.” 46 - 55 11 Family 3% think. You taught us that mutual 17% 56 - 65 consideration, care for our FARHAN SHAH 9% neighbour, cooperation and Musician Race & 12 Religion 2% 36 - 45 66+ 4% personal sacrifice were still 22% virtues as they have always National Security Not Stated 5% been. You taught us that 13 & Total Defence 1% individual actions do matter, and You can read more or thus, we all can make it through... share your own story Arts & 14 together.” at Stories of Us at Sports 0.5% 15 - 25 www.storiesofus.gov.sg. 26 - 35 19% 24% ELSIE TAN Built Environment 15 & Liveability 0.5% Healthcare Worker Others 2% 4 5
OUR VOICES KEY THEMES OUR VOICES KEY THEMES 15 Key Themes Singaporeans were forthcoming in sharing 6 EDUCATION & TRAINING views on a wide range of issues. There were 1 SOCIAL SUPPORT • Our education system open-ended sessions • Dignity of the less • Support for teachers and students exploring our hopes privileged 5 GOVERNANCE & • Lifelong education and training for Singapore, and CIVIC ENGAGEMENT • Protection of thematic sessions on topics like our vulnerable segments • Deeper citizen participation • Support for giving for more inclusive governance economy, sustainability and ageing. and volunteerism • Calls for more conversations 2 NATIONAL IDENTITY & SHARED VALUES • A compassionate 8 CARING FOR SENIORS and cohesive society • Care and support for seniors • A resilient and • Digital literacy for seniors inclusive society • A broader definition 7 HEALTH & WELLBEING of success • Coping with the pandemic • Creating more space • Mental wellness as a priority for honest conversations • Our cultural resources 3 JOBS & ECONOMY • Rethinking work and the workforce • Support for essential workers and more vulnerable workers • Support for jobseekers • Support for local companies 10 ENVIRONMENT and workers • Keeping our focus on • New growth areas and our environmental sustainability position as an economic hub 4 DIGITALISATION 9 OUR DIVERSE & TECHNOLOGY • Responsible consumption • Definitions of success for SINGAPORE COMMUNITY and waste management • Bridging the digital divide • An inclusive community for businesses and the economy • Strengthening Singapore’s • Transforming our jobs, both locals and foreigners food security businesses and economy • Appreciation for migrant workers • Harnessing technology for and care for their welfare better social connections • More transparent employment • Concerns over privacy, cyber practices regarding locals and security, and misinformation foreigners 6 7
OUR VOICES KEY THEMES OUR VOICES KEY THEMES I appreciated the opportunity to be Honestly the pandemic challenged able to share my perspectives in a me in so many ways; as an individual, safe space free of judgement. The as a family member, as an employee facilitator was very encouraging. It and as a volunteer in the community. was also a joy to be able to connect One memorable lesson I have learnt with fellow Singaporeans both young is that as individuals, we have the and old, and hear their stories of power to make small changes around 12 RACE & RELIGION dreams and hopes. It was energising us. No good deed is ever too small. 11 FAMILY • Importance of multiracialism, DRUGA RAJENDRAN for me. My friends and I felt that we should Management • Importance of families and mutual understanding and do something for our migrant Consultant providing them support cohesion As a youth volunteer I spend a lot of brothers during the fasting month. • Family violence in Singapore time talking to youths; listening to We got together, raised money • Race and religion in their concerns, needs, fears and amongst family and friends and our education system hopes. I registered for the ESC so that arranged for care packs to be • Constructive dialogue I can communicate these fears, needs delivered to the dorms with the on race and religion and aspirations to decision makers. I support of several individuals and also wanted to be able to hear others’ ground-up movements involved in opinions, thoughts and ideas. As a the migrant worker cause. community builder, it is important that we understand the pain points I must add the pandemic also and hopes of our people so that we offered me time to rest and spend can help design and execute time with my family members. It initiatives in our three feet of certainly helped to strengthen our influence to build a more caring, relationship and reminded me of the inclusive and resilient Singapore. importance of family.” 13 NATIONAL SECURITY & TOTAL DEFENCE • Opportunity to reinforce the importance of defence • Encouraging more ground participation in Total Defence During the session, I discussed how millennials care too. I feel that there • Strengthen social and COVID-19 has allowed the whole should be more opportunities for psychological defence world to pause, which showed the intergenerational dialogues, so that through a kinder and more good side, the humane part of there will be better understanding inclusive Singapore Singaporeans. The crisis underscored and each generation can understand the need for each and every one of each other’s perspectives. • Increase support for 15 BUILT ENVIRONMENT us to play our part in society. At the National Service personnel & LIVEABILITY same time, I believe it’s important we To me, the pandemic revealed that ANNA LEONG SIEW SAN provide a safe environment for we have lots of resources available • Enhancing flat design Leadership Coach people to air and share their views. and a huge network of relationships. and estate infrastructure The challenges we have are complex There are all kinds of people in the to address new needs as we mature. Singaporeans are world and we have the choice to be • Supporting Singaporeans varied and diverse, and all views with who we want to be. with their housing needs need to be heard. • Aspirations for Amidst today’s crisis, what never fails a sustainable city Being the only one from the Merdeka to encourage me is Singapore’s generation in my group, I was resilience to pull through together • Building a more resilient and encouraged to see that the and come out stronger than before.” 14 ARTS & SPORTS cohesive Built Environment (BE) sector • Sustaining arts and sports • Appreciation for the arts sector 8 9
OUR VOICES KEY THEMES OUR VOICES KEY THEMES I hope to see more transparency and The drive towards becoming a kinder, There are a lot of stress points in achieved when the people, public open conversation with the more inclusive Singapore, where we families; not just relating to work or and private sectors come together. government and I’m glad they’re look out for each other and strive to school, but also in terms of open to listening to our thoughts and lift the bottom, doesn’t rest with the relationships as well as mental We must provide opportunities for ideas. I hope we’re able to help shift government alone; it takes two hands health. All that needs to be looked change makers to come together to policies towards building a kinder, to clap. Civic consciousness does into and addressed. explore collaboration and ideas for a more inclusive society, to lift the start from the top, and I hope we can better future.” TJIN LEE bottom and prepare our next also call for more openness, There are resources available, but generation for the disrupted future transparency and graciousness from CAROL LOI PUI WAN many families may not know who to Entrepreneur Founder of Village that lies ahead. those in power. Above all, I hope we turn to in their hour of need. I believe can prepare the next generation for Consultancy that a lot more synergy can be I’m glad to see they appear open to the future that lies ahead, to have listening to people from all walks of empathy for others, remain life, and seem to genuinely want to passionate and hungry to grow, to form a partnership with the public. embrace lifelong learning, to be We were asked to share our hopes kind, humble and adaptable. These for a stronger Singapore, and several qualities more than any results I would say be entrepreneurial, use and the pledge came to mind – key themes emerged from all the from a report card, are going to business to solve problems and regardless of race, language or conversations and sharing which I help young Singaporeans succeed achieve financial sustainability. religion. The second was that we are hope the government will find useful in the post-COVID future.” only as strong as our weakest link. as they shape policies to help our But I also think that the youth today COVID-19 has flagged out where our nation cope with the aftermath of have the most resources. For us to weakest points were – the migrant COVID devastation. move towards being a more caring, workers and the elderly. Moving RUSS NEU cohesive and resilient society, we forward, we don’t need something Founder & CEO should also support more grassroots like COVID-19 to show us. We need of Social Collider initiatives to engage other folks. to pay attention to what’s around us.” On reflection, the crisis taught me I found the session energising and Communication is key. That’s how We need more Singaporeans to join two things. The first was that empowering. It was good to have we get support from our family, in these conversations, to share and Singaporeans were united on the like-minded people who sincerely neighbours and friends to remain to listen. We already have these whole to work on moving forward, wish to do their part for Singapore.” positive and motivated especially open lines of communication, and it during tough times. Being able to doesn’t matter how old you are or communicate our thoughts and what your background is, you can feelings is also important. play a part. Plus, you might be MOHAMMED SHABIRIN surprised by how much you can BIN ARIFFIN For example, communicating learn when you remove your ‘walls, I found the session very well-facilitated. contribution may not make much of a Adjunct Lecturer and difficulties faced in adopting new shields, guards’ and have a simple The small group led by the facilitator difference”, which points to some Freelance Consultant technology. We can then try to conversation with someone who’s allowed time and space for everyone form of fear or apathy, which then understand the pain points and help vastly different from you.” to share their thoughts and views. hinders us to act – even though we with finding ideal solutions or Words to describe it – safe environment, know it’s the right thing to do. motivations to deviate from these meaningful focus, well-paced. difficulties. One thing I am most heartened to see ABLE CHEONG I’m glad to have participated. in this time is that more people are This is the same on a larger scale. Consultant I felt heard and understood. It makes articulating how we can make things Sessions like today’s allow for open me feel like I want to engage more, better, and how we should come communication between people participate more and contribute more. together more. We definitely can do from all ages. And each open, more, say more and share more respectful conversation we have To foster a more caring society, I think instances where the good and together that is aimed at addressing it comes to down to taking action. extraordinary have come out from tough issues is a step towards making We should not be limited by our difficult and adverse circumstances.” stark decisions for change to happen. current belief systems, such as “my 10 11
FEATURES DEEP DIVE CONVERSATIONS FEATURES DEEP DIVE CONVERSATIONS Deep Dive Youth Mental Well-Being Network Conversations Against the backdrop of increasing mental health This is a selection of conversations convened concerns amongst youths, more to cover specific emerging issues. than 1,000 of us came together to generate and implement ideas to support youth mental well-being. Family Violence We recognised the importance The COVID-19 pandemic resulted of whole-of-society efforts. We in job or income losses for some. initiated ideas for about 40 Others felt anxious about the potential projects with support future or tried to cope with various from the Ministry of Education insecurities. We shared that these (MOE), MSF, and the Ministry of stressors, if left unaddressed, Health (MOH). could increase risks of family violence. WHAT’S NEXT? The Youth Mental Well-being To eradicate family violence, we Network (YMWB Network), a SG hope for greater understanding Together Alliance for Action, will: and awareness of the issue. • Develop these ideas into more WHAT’S NEXT? concrete plans for Photo credit: Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth The MSF, Ministry of Home Affairs implementation. Persons with (MHA) and partner agencies will Youth Conversations work together to: • Encourage passionate Disabilities members of the community to 375 of us shared our views and solutions, with the support The circuit breaker disrupted the • Enhance life long learning • Deliver solutions to tackle join in their efforts to promote stories across across four of government agencies routines of persons with opportunities. family violence. youth mental well-being. thematic areas (jobs and the and industry experts. disabilities (PwDs), caregivers future of work, support for and Social Service Agency (SSA) • Create more job opportunities • Implement upstream and You can connect with YMWB vulnerable groups, mental • The ESCs for Youth built on the staff, as physical services had to and help for PwDs to sustain downstream measures for Network at: www.reach.gov.sg/ wellbeing, and environment and National Youth Council’s (NYC) be curtailed, and engagements these opportunities. both victims and perpetrators. youth-mental-well-being. sustainability) in six sessions, as past engagements to discuss were moved online. well as on channels such as youths’ aspirations for • Improve PwDs’ access to • Work with the community online polls, videos, and articles Singapore. Through the ESCs, We hope for greater information and services. to break the cycles of violence. that reached 290,000 more in YAC, Young Changemakers understanding and inclusion of the youth community. Grant, and the SG Youth Action PwDs in the community and • Enhance access to assistive The Taskforce on Family Plan, NYC continues to provide workplace. technology to support self- Violence will include key We shared our hopes for opportunities for youths to care at home and connection findings gathered at the ESCs Singapore in 2025, the societal lead changes they want to see. WHAT’S NEXT? to the community. into its Final Recommendation values we want to see, and the The Ministry of Social and Family Report, scheduled for release issues we care deeply about. • 50 teams involving more than Development (MSF) and • Step up public education in 2021. 190 youths have pitched their partner agencies will: efforts. WHAT’S NEXT? ideas in January 2021 across Ideas from the ESC the four themes. • Prepare PwDs for work, and Collectively, these efforts will are channelled to the Youth the transition to the workforce engender a more inclusive Action Challenge (YAC), • Following the pitch, teams will after finishing school. society. a developmental platform where receive funding and have youths identify problem one year to implement statements to issues and initiate their projects. 12 13
FEATURES DEEP DIVE CONVERSATIONS FEATURES DEEP DIVE CONVERSATIONS Yellow Ribbon marketing, and for digital Singapore platforms which can – Beyond assist with compliance-related Second Chances requirements, thereby helping to free up time so that we can COVID-19 disrupted our work focus on delivering value-added and personal lives, and made services to clients. As not all apparent the need for mental property agencies can afford to health, social and family support. build their own platforms, a We need to adapt to the changes centralised system accessible to brought on by COVID-19. At the all would help smaller agencies. same time, we observe greater unity and increased empathy WHAT’S NEXT? among our friends and family. The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) will: We hope that society could move Photo credit: Ministry of Home Affairs • Work with course providers to beyond sympathy and towards develop more digital courses to assisting ex-offenders with the Guided by Yellow Ribbon Digitalising meet needs of property agents. means to live a life of dignity - Singapore’s (YRSG) Career and the Real Estate Strengthening between different parties, we like any other Singaporean. We Skills Masterplans for the next Agency Industry • Assist property agencies to believe it is necessary for better the Relevance discussed possible avenues for five years, the TAP and Grow seek government grants for and more sustainable outcomes the community, including ex- initiative has kicked off with the With restrictions on physical and investment in digital solutions. and Sustainability for all. offenders, to co-create a more Precision Engineering and Media onsite property transaction of Vibrant Precincts inclusive and cohesive Singapore. sectors, with plans to expand activities, all our fellow property • Work with the industry to – Kampong Glam WHAT’S NEXT? this initiative to other growth agents had to quickly learn to facilitate development of and Singapore River The Urban Redevelopment We encourage stronger support sectors. conduct virtual meetings and centralised digital platforms, Authority (URA) will: Stakeholders to give second chances to ex- online viewings with our clients, where relevant. offenders, and to spread this YRSG will continue to engage and facilitate transactions with Given the fall in the local office • Encourage more stakeholders message more widely. citizens to be advocates of electronic tools. While some • Share positive digitalisation crowd and tourist numbers, we to participate in placemaking second chances as part of older agents who are not experiences of property came together to reflect on how efforts through the pilot WHAT’S NEXT? community action to empower so tech-savvy encountered agencies to encourage the COVID-19 and increased Business Improvement District Ideas to strengthen through care ex-offenders’ reintegration and difficulties, we also saw industry to embrace property telecommuting had adversely (BID) programme and existing and reintegration for offenders paying it forward. opportunities to transform the transactions technologies. affected business in Kampong precinct partnerships. have been incorporated into the industry arising from the Glam and Singapore River. CARE Network1 plans. pandemic. • Continue to facilitate multi- The rich history and culture of a stakeholder dialogues to Ideas such as a career pathway We hope that digital precinct are what makes it achieve collective vision and for ex-offenders to enter the transformation would be distinctive. We want to showcase align stakeholders’ priorities for healthcare sector will be inclusive with sufficient resource these assets (e.g. the waterfront the precinct. explored under the TAP and support for smaller property at Singapore River and the rich Grow2 initiative. agencies, and digital literacy heritage at Kampong Glam) to • Partner with the community, in training for the less tech-savvy enhance the visitor experience, consultation with relevant agents so that they would not be and introduce a wider range of agencies to support precinct 1 CARE Network comprises nine agencies (MHA, MSF, SPS, YRSG, NCSS, ISCOS, left behind. We hope that offerings with a mix of new and initiatives, such as reviewing SACA, SANA and YRF), and strives to coordinate and promote seamless through- property agencies can also traditional enterprises. existing regulations to support care support, from incare to aftercare, for ex-offenders. ensure that their agents are heritage and new enterprises, 2 Under the TAP and Grow initiative, offenders will undergo industry specific aware of the benefits of We see ourselves as the precincts’ as well as ideas to enhance the training to be equipped with nationally accredited skills that are aligned with digitalisation for property ambassadors, keen to continue streetscape and overall Singapore’s Skills Framework. YRSG will work closely with trade associations transaction activities. leading collective efforts to make connectivity. and employers to facilitate their recruitment into the relevant industries after their release, including options for traineeships or attachments. Like every our precincts better. While Singaporean, these ex-offenders will be able to deepen their skills while building We also hope for more training recognising the complexity a career and participate in national level initiatives to build a resilient workforce. courses on digital literacy and of finding common ground 14 15
FEATURES DEEP DIVE CONVERSATIONS FEATURES COMMUNITY-LED CONVERSATIONS Legal Industry Transformation (LWWs) in Singapore. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, many online platforms, to enable greater process efficiencies, Community-led Besides ESCs convened by the government, partners also stepped forward to host conversations for specific We hope to see greater technology LWWs had to step up in their efforts in essential jobs such as benefiting transport workers. Conversations groups, and experimented with new ways to engage participants. adoption, development and cleaners and security officers. We hope: advancement within the legal We are deeply appreciative of • To better understand the impact sector. We also hope to the efforts of our LWWs. To of future transport IPS Young internationalise, capitalising on improve the living standards of technologies on us. Singaporeans Participants shared the ways the industry’s strengths in growth LWWs, we recognised that Conference 2020 they had adapted to the new areas such as international individuals, businesses and • Education institutions can remote working and learning The Institute of Policy Studies dispute resolution, restructuring/ Government have a shared develop more apprenticeship systems. Many mentioned that convened an Emerging Stronger insolvency, and expanding into responsibility. They wish to see programmes to give students they had picked up new skills Conversation as part of its 2020 emerging markets. businesses offer progressive opportunities to know our and hobbies, and even found Young Singaporeans Conference. wages and progressive working public transport sector. new business and career 120 Singaporeans between 18 We want to better prepare and environments for their employees opportunities. Others shared and 30 years old were invited to calibrate the expectations and and outsourced workers. They • For more support to tide over about the relentless pace of envision what it would mean to mindsets of new lawyers entering also want the wider society to this difficult period especially work and the need to make the achieve happiness, prosperity the legal workforce, and to show more respect to these for those of us who are point- choice to switch off, or inform and progress, as individuals and strengthen continuing professional workers, and accept a shift in the to-point transport drivers and their work supervisors of that as a nation, in the next decade. development for practising way we recognise and pay for are worried as incomes have need. They spoke of the mental lawyers to ensure continued services provided by them. fallen due to the current It was a rich exchange of health strains and social isolation agility to respond to the changing tourism landscape and more perspectives and ideas as the they and their peers faced. The DR. GILLIAN KOH legal landscape. WHAT’S NEXT? people working from home. participants had diverse ESC generated meaningful and Deputy Director (Research), The Tripartite Workgroup on backgrounds and were at targeted sharing in a 90-minute Institute of Policy Studies WHAT’S NEXT? LWWs was set up in October • That relief measures are different stages of their lives. burst of conversation on this Following the Legal industry 2020 to strengthen our efforts to extended. “crisis of a generation.” ESC involving broad support LWWs. representation from practising WHAT’S NEXT? lawyers, industry association The Government is partnering Following the nine ESCs with Conversations languages, to be well-represented. representatives, academics and citizens and stakeholders to work workers and operators in the through LEGO® law students, the Ministry of Law on meaningful solutions transport industry from August to As a response to this, we initiated (MinLaw) has been looking into in this area. November 2020, the insights SERIOUS PLAY® ‘Emerging Stronger Conversations the suggestions raised, including were taken into consideration. Kris Tay, a Lego Serious Play (LSP) using the LEGO® SERIOUS supporting the legal sector in trainer and consultant, initiated a PLAY® (LSP) Method’. This their technology advancement, • The relief measures for point- ground-up series of conversations ground-up citizen participation internationalisation, and to-point transport drivers were with Singaporeans using the LSP initiative stems out of our belief capability development. extended. approach. The conversations ran that every voice should be heard, Photo credit: Ministry of Manpower from Nov 2020 to Jan 2021, and and we care deeply to enable this. MinLaw will continue to engage • The Ministry of Transport explored how we might recover More than 50 certified facilitators the stakeholders regularly, to (MOT) and the Land Transport from the disruptions to our lives from the LSP Singapore further develop these ideas. Two Authority (LTA) continue to and prepare for the new normal. Community volunteered. Transport Workers upcoming areas that MinLaw will engage the stakeholders be engaging on relate to the and Operators regularly, to gather feedback. The sessions conducted so far design of a legal tech platform We are heartened that public have been really fulfilling. We got for the legal industry, and legal transport companies have shown I felt strongly that the Emerging to understand concerns and KRIS TAY education needs. care. Masks, hand sanitisers, Stronger Conversations was an aspirations of different segments Representative Director, vitamins were provided to extremely meaningful effort. We of society, and the confidence we Rasmussen Consulting workers; accommodations were noted the aspiration for the ESCs have in Singapore. Participants provided for Malaysian bus to be an inclusive process, which also shared ideas on how they Lower-Wage Workers captains. We appreciated that would enable different segments would work with the government, We shared our hope for an our companies adopted of Singapore, including low- private sector and one another, to improvement in the living use of digital technologies, and income families, seniors, and create a more resilient post- standards of lower-wage workers shifted processes to Photo credit: Ministry of Transport those who speak in vernacular COVID-19 Singapore.” 16 17
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