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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2020/04/24 | 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.

2018/12/04 | Roy Ngerng

How the LGBT Referendums Split From Taiwanese Popular Opinion

Most Taiwanese support some form of legal protection for same-sex couples. The Nov. 24 referendums don't tell the whole story.

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?

2018/11/26 | Roy Ngerng

OPINION: Why the DPP Lost Taiwan's Local Elections

President Tsai Ing-wen should summon up the courage to be the progressive Taiwan's young voters put into power in 2016, or risk the collapse of the DPP's reform project.

2018/10/22 | Roy Ngerng

SINGAPORE: Millionaire Ministers and Systemic Inequality

Singapore has excellent healthcare and education, but only a fraction of the population can afford it due to a systemically repressive regime that saps economic vitality at every turn.

2018/10/15 | Roy Ngerng

An Open Appeal to the UN: Please Do Not Leave the Taiwanese Behind

A Human Rights Defender makes an impassioned plea for the United Nations not to leave Taiwan behind as it pursues its 2030 sustainable development goals.