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                 QUO VADIS

                              THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD?

                                                         By Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO

                  O     n 11 March 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 as a global   As the  world takes frantic  steps  to recover  from this  devastating  body
                                                                        blow, will it be a return to “business as usual” — as what happened
                        pandemic. It was merely an official acknowledgement of the
                                                                        this “pause” to hit the “reset” button?
                        reality that nations and populations were already experiencing.  following the 2007-2008 financial crisis — or will we use the occasion of
                  Suddenly, the world came to a shuddering stop as the focus shifted,
                  rightly, to combating the virus and saving lives. There is little need for me   Will we have the will and the courage to take the necessary decisions and
                  to go into great detail here about the threat posed by this pathogen to our   steps to build a future that is just, progressive and sustainable for our
                  lives and its impact on economic livelihoods.         future generation?

                  Instead, I would like to focus on the fundamental question of where do we   Or are we tied to a future of rising income inequality, widening wealth
                  go from here?                                         disparities, polarised societies, sick and starving populations, dangerous
                                                                        geopolitical tensions, and an ailing planet?

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