How Much of a Crisis is Covid-19?

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

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THERE ARE MANY levels to a crisis. What is sometimes called a crisis is often merely a serious problem. Personally, I would prefer that the word be reserved for when the resolution of the difficult situation signals structural and irreversible change. By definition, one cannot come out of a crisis and remain more or less the same as one was before. If you could, then your problem was not a crisis. When we have a natural disaster like a flood...

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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: