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Barbra Streisand praises Singapore’s 'common sense' handling of COVID-19 

The legendary performer took to Twitter after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

Barbra Streisand praises Singapore’s 'common sense' handling of COVID-19 

Barbra Streisand in a photo taken in 2015. (Photo: AFP / Getty Images North America / David Buchan)

Singapore’s efforts to contain COVID-19 has drawn praise from other countries fighting their own battles, but one American star has also taken notice of how we’ve dealt with the outbreak.

Celebrated singer and actress Barbra Streisand posted her praise on Twitter on Monday (Mar 30), highlighting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s “common sense”. 

She wrote: “The Prime Minister of Singapore (a country that only has three deaths out of 6 million people) speaks such common sense.” 

“He tells people the truth and they did everything that needed to be done to be ready for this virus,” she continued. 

The comments came shortly after Mr Lee’s interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on his show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, that aired on Sunday. 

Streisand has won multiple awards throughout her long career such as an Oscar for best actress in 1969 for her role in Funny Girl, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. 

Her tweet drew responses comparing Mr Lee with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with one user writing: “New Zealand has a Prime Minister of the same ilk. Jacinda Ardern has handled a massacre in Christchurch this time last year, White Island Volcano eruption & 20 deaths from that disaster & now proving fantastic leadership with what is happening in our country right now.” 

Other users also seem to have taken a liking to Mr Lee after the interview, with one person commenting: “We enjoyed listening to him today, a very intelligent Prime Minister.” 

Another user wrote: “It is in the DNA of the country, and culture and the people – a great place to call home.” 

Source: CNA/sr