Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in a debate that 60,000 foreigners lost their jobs in the first five months of this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Balakrishnan’s comments, in response to the opposition Singapore Democratic Party’s Chee Soon Juan pushing for fewer foreign workers, come as the ruling People’s Action Party defends its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic slowdown. Balakrishnan, Chee and two other opposition party members debated late Wednesday, the first full day after nominations, as campaigning began.
The PAP has won every election in Singapore since independence, never with less than 60% of the vote. Election day is July 10.
Here are other comments made during the debate.
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