19 June 2020
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) released a report “In Singapore, an Already Unfair Vote Undermined by COVID-19” on Thursday, 18 June 2020.
This report documents structural flaws that potentially prevent elections from being free and fair in Singapore. On page 22 of the report, APHR also makes certain recommendations to safeguard Singaporeans’ right to a free and fair election. These include:
- Give significantly longer notice for election dates and more campaigning time to ensure an equal electoral competition and for voters to make their opinions;
- Replacing the GRC system with one that ensures better respect for the principle of “one person, one vote”;
- Immediately amend or repeal all laws that restrict the rights to freedom of expression, and peaceful assembly in Singapore; and
- Delay the general election unless additional measures are taken to: ensure all eligible voters are able to vote, including the sick and those abroad; and ensure that opposition parties are able to campaign on an equal footing with PAP.
For more information on APHR’s findings and recommendations, please visit https://aseanmp.org/2020/06/18/singapore-report-statement/ and https://aseanmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/APHR_Briefer_SingaporeElections_2020-06-16-1.pdf.
6 May 2020
Last week, you were invited to a Labour Day webinar which was held to discuss Migrant Workers and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the webinar, a statement of recommendations from the discussions has been produced. Please click on link below to view this statement.
Statement on Recommendations to Improve the Status and Well Being of Migrant Workers in Singapore 6 May 2020
Prior to sharing this document with you, we have sent it to PM Lee and Ministers in the task force.
This document is being shared with you in your various capacities of interest on Covid-19 and Migrant Workers.
We hope that this document will bring more attention to the challenges of migrant workers and how we as Singaporeans and as a nation can do our part in mitigating the impact on their community.
27 April 2020
Organised by MARUAH with technical support provided by Shape SEA
Please check back this post over the next couple of days as we upload additional presentation material.
Labour Day is special to all of us, as workers.
Have a Meaningful Labour Day as we remember those who have lost jobs, our dedicated front liners, all essential workers, healthcare workers and support staff, NGOs, union leaders, the civil service officers, multi-Ministry task force, government leaders and international leaders all and you and me…
Why meaningful? These are uneasy times, also very special as it makes us understand more on the types of jobs and the workers. What are the new norms? How do we value the work of each other? The invisibility of so many workers, some whom we have overlooked.
Thank you for your interest and time.
A Meaningful Ramadan to all Muslim views and to many Migrant Workers who are Muslims too.
– Braema Mathi, MARUAH Secretary
Recording of the webinar
- “The dorms are not the problem”, text version of presentation made by Mr Alex Au of Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)
- “Co-creating solutions with migrant workers”, presentation slides used by Dr Satveer Kaur-Gill
- “Workers’ Housing In Context – Regulations, Reconsiderations, and Re-contextualisations”, presentation slides used by Dr Imran bin Tajudeen
- Presentation slides used by Ms Braema Mathi