Roy Ngerng

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Roy Ngerng (鄞義林) 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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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.

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.

2018/02/05 | Roy Ngerng

The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 1)

In the first of a 5 part series, Justin Hugo looks at how statistics suggesting the Asian Tiger economies have caught up with their Scandinavian counterparts mask a more sobering wage-based reality.

2018/02/09 | Roy Ngerng

The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 5)

Taiwan has outgrown its current economic strategy and needs to move up the value chain to become more like the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.

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?

2018/11/27 | Roy Ngerng

OPINION: How the DPP Failed Its Supporters by Becoming Another KMT

In 2016, the DPP swept into power promising social progressivism and economic rejuvenation. So why does it now look like the KMT's B team?

2018/06/29 | Roy Ngerng

OPINION: On the Distorted Logic of Ministerial Salaries in Singapore 

Singapore's prime minister arguably has less to deal with than his fellow national and municipal leaders, so why is he paid such astounding sums?

2017/09/06 | Roy Ngerng

It's Time to Return Taiwanese Workers What They Rightfully Earn

Business groups simply do not want to show any respect when it comes to raising their workers’ wages, and it's time to start protecting workers in Taiwan.

2020/03/27 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan's Digital Response to Covid-19: Impressive, But Is Privacy Respected?

Taiwan has made advances in tech and deployed big data in the fight against COVID-19. But can privacy be protected?

2017/08/21 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s ‘Grim Truth’: Vicious Low Wage, Low Productivity Cycle Crippling Workers and Companies

As Taiwanese businesses are unwilling to increase wages for the want to hold onto their profits, they are also complicit in causing themselves to lose demand, and therefore their business sustainability. The government needs to act.

2018/07/25 | Roy Ngerng

ANALYSIS: Why Temasek Holdings' Singapore Pensions Claim Is Tosh

The Singapore government's sovereign wealth fund can be shown to be consistently dishonest over whether it has access to national pension funds.

2017/05/22 | Roy Ngerng

Tough Pill to Swallow: Why Singapore’s Healthcare Model Should Not Be Followed

[OPINION] Singapore’s healthcare system has become unnecessarily complicated but it can be reformed to provide more equitable healthcare and give its citizens peace of mind.

2017/05/02 | Roy Ngerng

Pension Reform in Asia is Extremely Difficult to Get Right

[OPINION] As pension reform protesters cause major headaches for the government in Taiwan, what lessons can be drawn from Hong Kong and Singapore?

2017/05/11 | Roy Ngerng

School’s Out: How Singapore Keeps University Reserved for the Elites

[OPINION] The Singapore government is shutting out most Singaporeans from universities while keeping the door wide open to foreigners.

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.