The Straits Times carried results from a first-of-its-kind ASEAN-wide survey conducted by Blackbox Research to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Asean regional bloc this year.
Almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) of respondents said they had a favourable, rather than unfavourable, opinion of Asean. But Singapore was the country with the lowest percentage of respondents, at 15 per cent, who said they had a very favourable opinion of Asean, below the average of 38 per cent.
Also citing the study was Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large in Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a professor of law at the National University of Singapore. In his opinion editorial here, Prof Koh expressed the disappointment that “the Singapore public ranks last in its favourable attitude towards Asean”, while explaining the importance of Asean to Singaporeans further on in the essay