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General Elections, Among Covid-19 And the Migrant Crisis in Singapore

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Singapore:The ballot boxes to elect of the 14th legislature since the “Lion City” has been an independent state (1965) begins today, July 10, in Singapore. With a unicameral parliamentary system, eleven parties in Singapore run for the 93 seats at stake in the Chamber, attributed with the “first past the post” system, a mechanism that favors those who take the highest number of votes in the circumscriptions. There are 192 candidates and you must be 21 years of age to vote. The members of the lists are 2.65 million citizens, out of almost 6 million inhabitants of a highly multi-ethnic society.

The victory of current premier Lee Hsien Loong and his People’s Action Party (Popular Action Party, PAP) is taken for granted even if, in the last election, the opposition parties gained ground. It was not enough to hinder the many years of the PAP, governed essentially by the family of Lee Kuan Yew, father of Premier Lee Hsien Loong. His younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, instead militates in the ranks of the opposition Progress Singapore Party. Onlyfor a period the city-state was not ruled by a Lee: when Goh Chok Tong was premier from November 1990 to August 2004. Then it was Lee Hsien Loong’s turn. His successes are beyond doubt: economy, finance, wealth, technological innovation and even political stature. Among observers, the “dynastic” management of politics in Singapore has always raised objections precisely for the lack of spare parts and for an authoritarian vocation that has never been denied. According to analysts, for the opposition the favorable moment has not yet come, indeed Covid-19 seems to have helped the government for its ability to govern the pandemic.

The opposition has therefore been unable to form a coalition that could challenge the PAP. The largest opposition party – the “Workers Party” (WP), of social democratic inspiration – will try to keep its 9 parliamentary seats (against the 82 of the PAP) focusing on young people, social well-being and migrants. But not in the sense in which one would expect from a Social Democratic party: the WP, in fact, wants to limit the number of immigrants in the city-state which, according to the party’s thesis,would decrease the privileges of the residents.

The crisis broke out precisely because of Covid-19: locked up in a sort of “ghetto-dormitory”, an outbreak of coronaviruses among the approximately 300,000 migrant workers that risked jeopardizing the entire management of the pandemic. The city-state employs nearly one and a half million migrant workers and Covid positives numbered 25,000 in April. But the solution proposed by the WP is not practicable in a country that has made its fortune thanks to the work of immigrants, to whom Singapore owes much of its success.

Among the migrants, there are many Catholics (who have come from the Philippines and other Asian countries) who work as domestic collaborators, to whom the Catholic Church of Singapore dedicates attention and pastoral care. Some of them are engaged in ecclesial movements such as “Couples for Christ”, Singapore or in the pastoral initiative “Abundant and Better Life Abroad”, which aims to allow foreigners to lead a prosperous and happy life, albeit far from their homeland.

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Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they a.re developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

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