Can i ask one simple question? what should the governement do right now?
1. allow protest? nah, those pp are boycotting us already, so it is useless to allow protests.
2. stay firm and say no to protests without restrictions. well, sure, singapore would be safe, but charities will boycott IMF and so will many many other NGOs. hmmm, i think not bad an idea, just shift the problem somewhere else, give more poverty into other countries and let singapore stay in the surreal state of security.
conculsion: ??????? i would say it's too late for any repairs. we just have to grab the handle as tight as possible and wait till the ride is over.