China Global Television Network (CGTN) featured Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Chua Beng Huat and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Jean Liu, as they discussed Singapore’s strategy to use contact tracing to combat COVID-19. While naysayers have raised data privacy and data protection concerns over Singapore’s methods, especially with regard to downloading a government-run app such as the TraceTogether app, Prof Chua attributed the people’s willingness to abide by the instructions given by authorities to an inherent trust in the government. Asst Prof Liu also pointed out that cultural differences, such East Asian countries having ‘collectivistic’ and high ‘power distance’ cultures, could explain the trust Singaporeans have in the government, and credited Singapore’s constant and direct communication with its citizens for this phenomenon. Both Prof Chua and Asst Prof Liu referred to the previous experience with SARS as an episode that helped the country prepare for the current COVID-19 situation.
A similar broadcast clip “Coronavirus Pandemic: Singapore launches contact tracing app” was aired.