I agree that in this current state of world affairs, where fake news stories can sway a major election, the price for ignorance or folly will have to be paid ("When reality bites in a 'post-truth' world"; Nov 27).
The price itself, though, would be different for the United States, compared with Singapore.
Being a huge country which offers space and stability in every sense of the word - whether economically or politically - the US can afford to be shaken by such an electoral upheaval and still live on to lick its wounds.
Singapore cannot. It has no room for such a setback.
To envisage such a problem happening in Singapore today would be an over-dramatisation. Our Government is strong and so are our people.
But to think this will be the status quo in the next 15 to 20 years would be unrealistic.
I am concerned because the ballast of this society will be fading away by then. By this, I mean the educated, greying Singaporeans who read widely and consume mainstream media. They will be replaced by a generation who have shortened attention spans, indulge in social media excessively and do not bother to check whether facts are indeed facts.
By then, the chance of a Trump election scenario happening in Singapore is a big possibility.
This possibility will be reinforced if the current term of Mr Donald Trump as president ends well.
It will engender a sense of complacency among young people here that a Trump scenario in Singapore is of no big consequence, as the unintended winner of an election will end up doing just as well.
Phillip Tan Fong Lip