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5 July 2009

Global crisis will test Singaporeans' moral character

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Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said the current crisis in the global economy will test the moral character of Singaporeans, reported Channel News Asia, the city-state online news vendor.

Yeo said if there is a strong sense of mutual obligation, solidarity and affection, Singaporeans will not only pull through the crisis but will also emerge stronger and more united.

But he added the world will be a very different place when the crisis is over, with many centres of political, economic and cultural influence in the world.

He said he expects China and India will become big powers in the future, and Russia and Brazil will also play major roles. Yeo said Singaporeans will also have to prepare for a different world and safeguard their security.

One way to cope with the changes is to learn languages. He also added that making the maximum use of technology will help ensure Singaporeans keep connected with the rest of the global network.


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