Trouble in Yemen and Lessons for World

Yemen is in turmoil and all foreign nationals there have begun fleeing. The countries they are from – China, India, Pakistan, etc – have swung into action to lift them from Yemen to safety.

The trouble in Yemen intensified when rebel Houthi group seized control of the capital last month forcing the country’s President to flee the country. That resulted in Saudi Arabia leading a coalition of Arab states in pounding Yemen. The crisis in Yemen has once again put the focus on Sunni-Shiite divide among Islamic nations.

Many Western countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and France, had advised its citizens in Yemen to leave the country early February, sensing trouble.

But Asians generally stayed on. The numbers of Western nationals there is small, so an exit is not difficult.

No one can fault them as who will want to stay put in a country that has become a battlefield! Except Yemen’s very own nationals! Even Yemenis who have the option to escape will do so but their nationality and loyalty will remain intact!

Peace is paramount for any country. This is precisely why Singapore took the path of cracking down heavily on hate-mongers and promoting multi-racial harmony.

Singapore has been in trouble, too, in the past, during the Japanese and British occupation, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pointed out in his tribute to the founding father, Late Lee Kuan Yew, at the funeral service on Sunday.

Japanese forces went about massacring people, with more than 50,000 lives lost, ripping Singapore apart with explosions and making the country look like a concentration camp.

Security, Safety: A nation’s security can never be taken for granted, so every precaution needs to be taken to ensure the safety of its people.

Foreigners in a country have an easy escape route, as the Yemen example shows. Their countries of origin will rush to their rescue.

As Singapore continues to go on a foreigner hiring spree, despite the population being already made up of 40% foreigners, it is worth pondering who benefits more and who enjoys greater security!

G Joslin Vethakumar

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