Home News slammed for "appalling" and "insulting" call for pro-bono app developer

MOM slammed for “appalling” and “insulting” call for pro-bono app developer




- Advertisement -

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower () has been slammed online for calling for a company to develop a free application for migrant workers.

The Ministry announced a “unique opportunity” for creative and digital firms to create an app to provide foreign labourers with mobile access to MOM and private-sector services and products.

Instead of financial remuneration, the company which takes this opportunity would receive “free exposure,” the Ministry said.

The post went viral with people in the creative industry calling the advertisement “appalling.”

- Advertisement -

In speaking to an online publication, independent agency Goodstuph founder Pat Law said:

“I find it ironic that it came from the Ministry of Manpower – the body supposed to be governing fair pay. You have to applaud them for their honesty.
“I found the post appalling and amusing at the same time. It’s for a good cause, but [the announcement] could have been better worded.”

Fiona Bartholomeusz, founder of Formul8, opined:

“It seems like a junior person’s smart idea to save the ministry some money and seemingly appeal to some app development company’s altruistic tendencies. Aren’t we living in a ‘lead by example’ society? Seems fair if you expect people to work for free, that you should be held against the same standards.”

Netizens have chimed in with their criticisms online as well:

- Advertisement -

The MOM is said to have signed tech companies Aptiv8 and GenyTek to develop the app, although the offer remains standing for other companies to join.Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Woman’s neighbours install a fan outside their flat to extinguish small prayer flame she lit in the corridor

Singapore -- In another incident revealing a lack of religious tolerance, a woman’s neighbours have installed a fan outside their gate in an attempt to extinguish the prayer flame she lights in a tiny urn outside her own flat. In a 30-second-long...

Another ‘Badge Lady’? Maskless woman asks doctor for his ID when he asks her to wear a mask

Singapore -- A woman refusing to wear a mask at a condominium shouted at and abused a doctor who asked her to put one on. In a video circulated on Sunday (June 13) on WhatsApp Messenger, a maskless woman who was walking...

S’porean wakes up to flooded home on multiple occasions thanks to cat leaving tap running

Singapore – A Singaporean man has woken up to find his home flooded twice after his pet cat left the water running. While cats typically dislike water, it appears that the Russian Blues in a particular household in Singapore wish to turn...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg