Our government editor Sumiko Tan took to the streets of Singapore to seize the uncanny quiet of a usually bustling metropolis on the top of the partial lockdown in April. This was for a report back to go together with particular drone footage of the town captured by our workforce from the ST Picture Desk. She recounts: In a metropolis that has hit the pause button, it’s the safety officer you see essentially the most typically.
The crowds are gone however there he – or she – is, at an MRT station, able to be of assist.
You’ll spot him manning a desk at an workplace constructing within the now-deserted downtown.
Or sitting by the gate of a condominium the place, within the models above, a whole bunch of individuals are at house serving out this Covid-19 circuit breaker interval.
I, too, have been working from house since April 7. Save for just a few runs to the grocery store and three journeys to the workplace, I’ve stayed house.
My work days are marked by two every day digital conferences. There’s a construction, but time has taken on a shapeless high quality. Days drift. Is at present Tuesday or Saturday?
An escape from the tedium comes when my colleagues Benjamin Seetor and Mark Cheong produce drone footage of Singapore below shutdown.
The view from the highest is gorgeous. Let me do a narrative to see what life on the bottom is like, I volunteer.
I set off at 2pm on Wednesday, Could 13, masks in place and hand sanitiser in my bag. I even have my media go, simply in case. (Journalism is an “important service” in any case.)
I’m anticipating to seek out Singapore below shutdown eerie. A rustic sapped of its soul. Unhappy. Determined. Catastrophe film.
What I discover as an alternative is one thing fairly magical.
It’s a Singapore I’ve by no means skilled earlier than, a metropolis of house and quiet and peace and beforehand undiscovered magnificence.
And whereas the grass on pavements is overgrown, it strikes me that in every single place I am going, it’s cleaner than regular.
I stride throughout the broad, empty expanse of Ngee Ann Metropolis’s Civic Plaza, wind in my hair, and know that it is a Singapore I’ll by no means expertise once more.
• Learn the complete report, which ran on Could 15, on-line at https://str.sg/JAx6
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