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You know the headlines. Now take a deeper dive into the Heart of the Matter with CNA each week as we talk to newsmakers, experts and contributors to CNA’s Commentary section, who give us their take on the some of the most talked about news developments every Friday.

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You know the headlines. Now take a deeper dive into the Heart of the Matter with CNA each week as we talk to newsmakers, experts and contributors to CNA’s Commentary section, who give us their take on the some of the most talked about news developments every Friday.

    What next for Malaysian workers stuck there and Singapore businesses who hire them here?

    What next for Malaysian workers stuck there and Singapore businesses who hire them here?

    Singapore and Malaysia are ready to lift some entry restrictions and reopen travel via the Periodic Commuting Arrangement and Reciprocal Green Lane. Lin Suling speaks to Assistant CEO for Global Business at the Singapore Business Federation Darius Lim and Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Dr Serina Rahman to understand the disruption wrought by the border closures over the past few months since the Movement Control Order was imposed. They explore the consequences of this interdependent relationship and what will change post COVID-19.

    • 24 min
    The COVID-19 vaccine will be the biggest product launch in history. Can we pull it off?

    The COVID-19 vaccine will be the biggest product launch in history. Can we pull it off?

    Moderna, Pfizer and over 100 pharmaceutical firms and research institutes are racing towards developing the first coronavirus vaccine. Lin Suling speaks to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Jacqueline Ying-Ru Lo and Duke-NUS Medical School's Professor Ooi Eng Eong who is involved in human trials in Singapore, to find out when and how a vaccine will move from labs to patients. They also get to the bottom of who should get priority and how that will be decided.

    • 27 min
    Retrenchment: What is fair compensation, clear communication and empathy in letting people go?

    Retrenchment: What is fair compensation, clear communication and empathy in letting people go?

    As Singapore sinks into a technical recession, companies like RWS are among the latest to lay off staff, with some upset they were not told earlier. When they need to, how should companies manage the process of letting employees go? And what should retrenched workers do next? Lin Suling discusses the Singapore jobs market outlook for 2020 in a time of COVID-19 with SMU Associate Professor Tan Hwee Hoon and PeopleStrong practice leader Adrian Tan.

    • 28 min
    GE2020: What it means for the PAP, the opposition and Singapore politics

    GE2020: What it means for the PAP, the opposition and Singapore politics

    Singaporeans awoke on Saturday (Jul 11) to find the People’s Action Party firmly in power with 83 seats but with a slide in their vote share and the loss of Sengkang GRC to the Workers’ Party. What do the results reveal about what Singaporeans want of their government? What does it mean for the new PAP government and the role of the opposition going forward? Lin Suling sits down with political scientist Dr Lam Peng Er and Deputy Director at the Institute of Policy Studies Gillian Koh who give their take.

    • 26 min
    Entering Phase 2: What's behind rules on gatherings, dining, weddings and more?

    Entering Phase 2: What's behind rules on gatherings, dining, weddings and more?

    Singapore's transition into Phase 2 of COVID-19 restrictions will see shops, restaurants and schools open once more. What’s the thinking behind all the rules for different activities and organisations? Is Singapore prepared for a second wave of infections? And how can we avoid another circuit breaker? Lin Suling speaks to Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant at the National University Hospital and Chair of the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

    • 29 min
    TraceTogether token and contact tracing apps: Privacy, data usage and other big questions

    TraceTogether token and contact tracing apps: Privacy, data usage and other big questions

    The TraceTogether token, a wearable contact tracing device will soon be rolled out. The government has said that it will not collect personal data, but why are some Singaporeans still unconvinced? And how does a device like this work with all the existing data gathering methods like Safe Entry? Lin Suling puts these questions to Janil Puthucheary, Minister-in-Charge of GovTech, Hannah Clapham, Associate Professor at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and lawyer Bryan Tan, Partner at Pincent Masons.

    • 35 min

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