Roy Ngerng

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Roy Ngerng writes on social issues and equality. He was named a Human Rights Defender by the United Nations and believes that human rights and social justice will enable fairer, happier, and more compassionate societies.

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2021/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

On Minimum Wages, Singapore Is Playing Catch Up

Singapore’s government recently agreed to long overdue increases in the minimum wage for cleaners. By many standards, it is far from sufficient.

2021/05/20 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Is Not ‘Pro-Worker.’ These Charts Show How.

Singapore is not pro-worker. If anything, it is pro-GIC and pro-Temasek Holdings, and it is pro-ministers – while workers are left to languish.

2021/05/05 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economy Is Growing Fast. Workers Still Await Their Share.

While Taiwan’s GDP per capita is escalating, wages have remained stagnant. It doesn’t have to be this way.

2021/01/25 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Says Workers Are Pulling Ahead. Here’s What They Won’t Say.

Last week, a Singapore government minister said that the wages of lower-income and median-income Singaporeans have increased in the last 10 years. But when we compare Singapore with other wealthy, advanced countries, the situation does not look so rosy.

2021/01/21 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Transformation in Taiwan Requires Social and Political Transformation

Digital literacy training can mitigate many problems. But this can't be implemented without a thorough social and political transformation in Taiwan.

2021/01/05 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Regulation Could Have Saved Taiwan’s Botched eID

A lack of transparency and regulatory oversight over data use beset Taiwan’s plans to launch an electronic national identification. What would it take to get it right?

2020/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

What’s Behind Taiwanese Support for Trump?

There’s not much that Taiwan can do about China’s threat. But the government can address the economic and social sources of insecurity.

2020/09/09 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Rigged Economy Dampens Innovation

Taiwan’s workers have taken the lowest share of GDP among comparable countries for the past two decades.

2020/09/08 | Roy Ngerng

Are Singaporeans Getting Ripped off by Their Social Welfare Programs?

Even though the money in Singapore's retirement and health insurance schemes continues to grow, Singaporeans can only withdraw a pathetically small amount.

2020/08/28 | Roy Ngerng

The Pay in Taiwan Is Too Damn Low

Taiwan’s minimum wage is not just lower than the international standard. Its rate of growth has lagged.

2020/08/19 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan's Minimum Wage Increase Doesn't Go Far Enough

Taiwan’s proposed minimum wage increase is still lower than the minimum wage in countries with comparable GDPs per capita, what a plurality of Taiwanese think, and what Taiwan’s own political leaders say it should be.

2020/08/18 | Roy Ngerng

Singaporeans Are Paid Much Lower Than You Think

Workers in Singapore are paid much lower than workers in other high GDP per capita countries like Switzerland and Norway.

2020/08/11 | Roy Ngerng

How Many Workers Can the Salaries of Singapore’s Ministers Pay For?

While Singapore's prime minister shamelessly lays claim to a salary 167 times the basic wage of an outsourced resident cleaner, the government refuses to enforce a minimum wage.

2020/07/13 | Roy Ngerng

What Does Data Tell Us About Singapore’s General Elections?

Singapore's ruling People's Action Party has received one its weakest mandates ever. What does this mean for the opposition?

2020/05/19 | Roy Ngerng

Covid-19 Exposed the Rot at the Core of Singapore’s Migrant Labor System

Singapore's migrant workers have borne the brunt of Covid-19. The real culprit is the government's single-minded focus on economic growth before people.

2020/04/24 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan's Response to Covid-19 Is a Lesson in Managing Risk

The Risk Governance Framework is a useful tool for evaluating Taiwan's management of the Covid-19 pandemic.