Roy Ngerng

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.


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

Roy Ngerng

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


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

Roy Ngerng

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.


Digital Transformation in Taiwan Requires Social and Political Transformation

Roy Ngerng

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


Digital Regulation Could Have Saved Taiwan’s Botched eID

Roy Ngerng

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?


What’s Behind Taiwanese Support for Trump?

Roy Ngerng

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


Taiwan’s Rigged Economy Dampens Innovation

Roy Ngerng

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


Are Singaporeans Getting Ripped off by Their Social Welfare Programs?

Roy Ngerng

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


Who’s the Real Free Rider? Singapore’s Government Reserve Racket

Roy Ngerng

“You have to be able to spend what you are able to earn,” said Singapore's Prime Minister. Truly?


The Pay in Taiwan Is Too Damn Low

Roy Ngerng

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


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

Roy Ngerng

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.

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