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Southeast Asia must prepare for the worst in 2021

Region will do well if things do not go backward

| Southeast Asia
People wearing protective masks cross a street in Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 17: as the pandemic drags on and fatigue sets in, new waves of infections are likely.   © Reuters

Bilahari Kausikan is former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The optimist, someone once said, proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist fears this is true.

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