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Bilahari Kausikan: Sensitivity is a two-way street

My father was ambassador to Indonesia when Singapore's embassy was sacked. After the mob attacked our embassy, he and all our staff remained at post, operating from Hotel Indonesia. I was a schoolboy studying in Singapore at that time. But shortly after the attack, he summoned me to Jakarta to join him and my mother. I now realise that it was to show that we were not intimidated. It was my first lesson in diplomacy.

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