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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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.

2021/01/05 | 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?

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.

2021/01/21 | 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.

2021/11/25 | Roy Ngerng

NT$25,250 Is Still Not Enough for a Basic Standard of Living in Taiwan

President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.

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.

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.

2021/11/03 | Roy Ngerng

Do Civil Servants in Taiwan Earn Twice as Much as Private Sector Workers?

The mystery of how much Taiwan’s civil servants earn shows the government to be unserious about transparency and raising wages.

2022/02/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Adequate for Its Cost of Living

Taiwan’s low minimum wage has contributed to half of workers earning less than what they need to have a basic standard of living.

2022/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 2): How Stagnant Wages are Throttling the Economy

Taiwan has one of the lowest GDP growths since 1995 among emerging economies. This is not going to change if wages don’t grow.

2021/11/30 | Roy Ngerng

A Higher Minimum Wage Won’t Lead To Higher Unemployment in Taiwan

Despite what you may hear from business interest lobbyists, the historical data shows no clear correlation between a growing minimum wage and a higher unemployment rate.

2022/02/09 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage is One of the Lowest In Its League

Taiwan is a wealthy country. Its recently instituted minimum wage hike does not compare favorably with its international counterparts.

2021/12/07 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Can Afford to Contribute More to Social Security

Taiwan’s employers not only pay low wages to workers but also contribute little to the country’s social security. It is one of the lowest among high-income countries as a proportion of the economy.

2022/01/13 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Are Increasing Prices To Earn Higher Profits

Average consumers will take a hit, while businesses will continue to earn high profits from the recent price increases.