16 Mar '11, 8am

Singapore, how will you react? - Yahoo!

Singapore, how will you react? - Yahoo!

A man comforts a woman as she cries in front of her damaged home in the Miyagi prefecture. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty … COMMENT As I watch the dramatic events unfold in Japan and marvel at the way its people -- bruised, beaten but undefeated -- struggle to comprehend their new reality, I wonder how Singapore would react if a similar disaster were to engulf our island. By now, you must have read about how hundreds of thousands of Japanese are facing a dire struggle for survival with quiet dignity and gaman (stoicism). Of how, despite the desperate conditions they face, the Japanese still wait in orderly queues to cross the road, of how they patiently wait in line for food and water rations to be distributed. It is a marvel to behold, and so unlike the stories of looting and violence that emerged from the aftermaths of the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. But what about us...

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