Tag: migrant workers in Singapore

Calvin Cheng labels those calling to end over-reliance on foreign workers in SG as “talking heads”

Singapore—Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng, who frequently airs his views on social media, weighed in on the issue of whether or not Singapore needs to ends its reliance on foreign workers. He labels most of those who make the call to...

Jack Sim makes the case for paying Singaporeans a higher wage for construction jobs

Singapore—Jack Sim, who made a name for himself as the founder of the World Toilet Organization, made a case for paying Singaporeans a higher wage for construction jobs in a lengthy post on Facebook on Monday night (May 25), which has since been widely...

Activists: Could deaths of 5 infected migrant workers be reclassified?

Singapore — Could five migrant workers infected with the coronavirus, but who died of other causes or diseases, be reclassified as having died of Covid-19? If this is possible, according to a report on Thursday (May 7) by activists Kirsten Han and Kokila Annamalai, it...

From Little India riots to coronavirus: How crises can be a catalyst for reform

Singapore—With 85 percent of the country’s coronavirus cases taking place among migrant workers in dormitories, the living conditions of these workers have become part of the national conversation since last month, and old and somewhat forgotten problem suddenly thrust into the center. After the riots...

“They are heartless toward foreign workers”– Filipino fast-food server

A Filipino worker at a Singaporean fast-food place was quoted on Saturday (May 2) in Rappler, a local news outfit, as saying that the Covid-19 crisis has made her realize that Singapore is “heartless toward foreign workers.” The writer of the article in Rappler said...

Lesson from S’pore’s Covid-19 outbreak: The stone left unturned

Singapore has been receiving much attention for its latest wave of Covid-19 cases —a wave so large that it catapulted the island nation to the top of the list of South-east Asian countries with confirmed infections. On Sunday (May 3), Singapore has 18,205 Covid-19 cases,...

The need to apologise and insecurity of S’pore leaders

Singapore — The inability to apologise exposes the inherent insecurity of the country's leaders, according to local pastor and LGBTQ advocate Miak Siew in a  Facebook post on Friday (April 24). With reference to the foreign worker situation in the country, he adds that...

Gov’t response to workers issues results in PM Lee winning migrants hearts

Singapore—While there has been widespread criticism among Singaporeans especially over the overcrowded and unhygienic conditions of the country’s foreign workers, the Government’s response to the issue has made the workers fans of the government, according to an article from the kopi.co, a longform journalism...

Pritam Singh says a “total mindset shift towards foreign workers” is urgent

Singapore—In a Facebook post, Workers’ Party (WP) secretary-general Pritam Singh said that the issues that have recently been in the news concerning the conditions of foreign worker dormitories are not new, but have been brought up by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for years, and were...

Morning brief: Covid-19 update for April 18, 2020

As of 9 am, April 18, 2020: World count There are now 2,224,426 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 worldwide. The United States has the highest number of cases, with 705,112 infections, followed by Spain (190,859) and Italy (172,431). There have been 153,177 deaths worldwide. The US, again, is on...