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Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter - S2: Hawker food was never meant for delivery apps: Makansutra's KF Seetoh and Hawkers United's Melvin Chew

Heart of the Matter
03 Jun 2021 05:07PM
29 mins

Since COVID-19 hit, the people who fed a nation for decades have seen their fortunes tumble. In a world dominated with food apps, online delivery and cashless payment, going digital should be the norm but is no silver bullet. What's stopping hawkers? What's their future in a pandemic world? And will younger Singaporeans be discouraged from taking up this UNESCO-recognised craft? Lin Suling speaks to Makansutra's KF Seetoh and second-generation hawker Melvin Chew.

Heart of the Matter - S2: How Singapore hospitals are dealing with an unprecedented COVID-19 surge

In the eye of a storm, Singapore hospitals are fighting off a fresh wave of infections, after being on the frontlines of COVID-19 for 20 months. How have hospitals reorganised themselves to deal with this surge? Can doctors, nurses and other staff go on leave? Have more community facilities, additional beds and the shift towards home recovery helped in easing the load? Lin Suling speaks to…

14/10/2021 32 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: COVID-19 booster shots and the challenge of vaccine science moving at breakneck speed

The vast majority of Singapore residents are vaccinated and worldwide, nearly 6 billion shots have been given. Yet, barely nine months later, the first call for booster shots has gone out. But what does the data say? Why are there mixed scientific views? Will this confusion create even more uncertainty and affect eventual uptake? Lin Suling gets Dr Leong Hoe Nam, infectious disease specialist…

23/09/2021 29 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: COVID-19 vaccinations: Should they be made mandatory?

Singapore is one of the world's most vaccinated countries but the unvaccinated remain at risk with every infection surge. Is it time to stop persuading people and consider mandates especially for those without legitimate medical reasons? Could a sharper differentiation of measures for the unvaccinated nudge more to get the shot? And what are the drawbacks of making COVID-19 vaccination…

16/09/2021 32 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: What are the challenges Singapore faces in shifting to living with an endemic COVID-19?

With one of the world’s highest vaccination rates and the ability to quickly test for COVID-19 infections, some questions were raised this week when the Singapore Government said it would not rule out a circuit breaker as it navigates a path towards opening up further. Is it possible to have a clean, clear exit strategy from the pandemic? And how close is Singapore to being able to live…

09/09/2021 50 mins

Heart of the Matter - S2: Inside the alternate universe of sovereign citizens: What's really going on in their minds?

Penalised for breaking COVID-19 rules and refusing to wear a mask, Benjamin Glynn and Paramjeet Kaur claimed rules are not for "living people" with "sovereign rights". Where did such ideas come from? Are they a nuisance fringe group with little traction, or could there be a more serious undercurrent gathering steam slowly? Tan Ern Ser, Associate Professor of Sociology at NUS and Eugene Tan,…

02/09/2021 23 mins