S'poreans confident of beating crisis; firms taken by surprise

S'poreans confident of beating crisis; firms taken by surprise

SINGAPORE - Eight in 10 Singaporeans are confident the country will get through the current haze situation, and two-thirds know how to keep themselves safe depending on the 24-hour pollution levels, says a survey by the national feedback unit Reach.

Reach chairman Amy Khor said the poll, conducted over the phone with 939 randomly selected Singaporeans from last Friday to Wednesday, captured people's anxiety over the haze's impact on their health and well-being, with most saying they were moderately or extremely concerned.

"But at the same time, it also clearly reflects the resilience of Singaporeans," Dr Khor said.

"This is an encouraging indication of our society's ability to persevere amid difficult situations and close ranks to tackle major challenges."

Three-quarters of the interviewees also said they turned to the mainstream media for their haze-related information, while slightly less than half checked the National Environment Agency (NEA) website or social media platforms.

This year's haze has been the country's worst in history, with the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) soaring to a three-hour hazardous high of 401 last Friday. But while Singaporeans knew how to cope, another survey found that many firms were caught flat- footed by the extent of the crisis.

Employers were scrambling to find masks for staff and to come up with alternative work arrangements, according to the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

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