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Ho Ching calls for all businesses to take urgent action on climate change

Ho Ching, CEO of Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, called for all businesses and organisations – be it for-profit, non-profit, societies, or governments agencies – to embrace Goal 13 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Goal 13 is about tackling climate change. Speaking at the St Gallen Symposium Singapore Forum 2019, Ho Ching – who is also …

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Is Malaysia and Singapore making their way back to a more rocky relationship after the former’s political tsunami?

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad gave a speech at the Oxford Union recently and answered several questions ranging from Malaysia’s stance on Israel, their relationship with China, and their recent tensions with southern neighbours, Singapore. Dr Mahathir is currently leading the new Malaysian government, which came into power after a historical election that ousted the previous administration which had …

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Academics stand by their comments about NUS & NTU made in the now-removed TODAY article

Several former National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) professors have spoken out about the fixation of universities, these two in particular, on KPIs and rankings which have led to the exodus of many qualified arts and humanities academics from tertiary institutions. In an article published by Today Online on 6th January and subsequently removed on 10th …

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The #10yearchallenge is a golden opportunity for data miners

Hashtags and challenges have become part of internet culture – spanning across most, if not all, social media platforms. The latest trend on the Internet of Things is of course the #10yearchallenge where people share on social media two photos of themselves side by side, taken 10 years apart. It started right around the New Year and picked up traction …

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This international school digitised their examination & assessment system – perhaps SEAB should consider doing the same

The recent news about the GCE O-Level examination scripts send to Cambridge Assessment in the UK going missing has reignited the conversation around the security of around transporting exam scripts halfway around the world to be graded. Cambridge Assessment says they have strict security measures in place for transportation of exam scripts. But like any system that deals with humans, …

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Domestic workers are psychologically coerced into conditions of forced labour

In a panel discussion about the report on forced labour in the migrant domestic work sector, Archana Kotecha said that many countries are much further along than Singapore in their journey in offering protections to migrant domestic workers (MDWs). Ms Kotecha, Asia Region Director and Head of Legal at Liberty Shared – who collaborated with the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration …

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MOM seems reluctant to acknowledge the abuses faced by migrant domestic workers

MOM has seen the report on forced labour in the migrant domestic worker (MDW) sector by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Hong Kong-based anti-human trafficking organisation Liberty Shared, says HOME Executive Director Sheena Kaur. The report illustrates the reprehensible abuses that MDWs are forced to endure here in Singapore. It highlights multiple case studies in which migrant …

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It’s shameful how reluctant authorities are in pursuing cases of verbal or emotional abuse against migrant domestic workers

In a report on forced labour in the domestic work sector in Singapore, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and anti-human trafficking organisation Liberty Shared talked about a particularly distressing case of abuse of a migrant domestic worker (MDW) and the reluctance of authorities to intervene unless obvious physical abuse is involved. The worker in question, known only as …

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Vague employment laws and policies lead to abuse of domestic workers, says HOME report

While the Singapore government emphasises that Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) are covered by the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Liberty Shared claim that the ambiguous language of the EFMA is insufficient to effectively protect MDWs or preserve their rights. Their report on Forced Labour in Singapore – co-published by anti-human trafficking …

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Migrant domestic workers in Singapore working in conditions akin to forced labour according to new report

In a report by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Hong Kong-based anti-human trafficking organisation Liberty Shared, the top three problems that foreign domestic workers faced in Singapore were overwork, verbal abuse, and salary related disputes. However, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) rebutted the findings, saying that it “does not accurately reflect the employment and working conditions of …

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