Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing became famous in Hong Kong last week for his leaked comments calling people here “idiots” for panic buying rice and toilet paper as fear of the coronavirus spread.

Hopefully, we can see the funny side of his remarks. He was talking to a Singaporean audience and was concerned that what happened in Hong Kong could happen there too. Indeed, Singapore did experience some panic buying.

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