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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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.

2020/04/23 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s POFMA Corrections Over Ho Ching’s Salary Raise Uncomfortable Questions

Taiwanese media sparked public debate about the salary of Ho Ching, Singapore’s First Lady. The Singapore government swiftly attempted to shut down debate with its “anti-fake news” law.

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?

2020/02/13 | Roy Ngerng

Why Taiwan Handles Coronavirus Outbreak Better Than Singapore

Singapore has adopted decent preventive measures for the coronavirus outbreak, yet the lack of public trust in the government still trigged panic buying. What can Singapore learn from Taiwan?

2019/08/01 | Roy Ngerng

Minimum Wage: How Did Taiwan Fall Behind S. Korea?

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Review Committee needs to make a long overdue decision to increase minimum wage in 2020.

2019/05/01 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore: A Poor Man's Country in Rich Man's Clothes

Labor Day makes for a good time to dive into why Singapore remains one of the world's most unequal countries.

2019/04/18 | Roy Ngerng

ANALYSIS: Tracking Disinformation, Trust and Security in Taiwan

Taiwan's battle against disinformation opens the door to familiar questions about the importance of freedom vs. security.

2018/12/05 | Roy Ngerng

The DPP Should Not Blame LGBT Advocates for Their Election Loss

It's a dangerous, despicable strategy that also has no mooring in the reality of how their voters feel about marriage equality.