Covid-19 Exclusives: Time to Dare Imagine the Best Possible New Normal

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

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THERE WERE FOREWARNINGS that something like the Covid-19 pandemic would hit the world; and yet, it came as a big surprise to most governments. To those that did act early, it was still too little and too late in most cases.The virus was able to spread so quickly and vastly thanks to the world being so fervently connected through high-speed mass travel and globe-spanning supply and trading chains, which had been increasing at an exponential rate over recent decades. Luckily...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: