The Big Story: Exclusive interview with Masagos Zulkifli on safe distancing rules; welfare of foreign workers in S'pore

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times' weekday talk show.

The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, has reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day, in the heart of the newsroom.

Helmed by multimedia correspondent Hairianto Diman and assistant video editor Olivia Quay, the show airs live from ST's digital studio.

In Friday's episode (April 24), Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli discusses hot-button issues including why people are still breaking safe distancing rules, and the rise in the number of enforcement officers as well as safe distancing ambassadors being abused.

As Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, Mr Masagos also talks about the reaction of the Malay-Muslim community to the unprecedented step to close mosques in Singapore, and how the community will observe Ramadan amid the circuit breaker.

We also speak to the executive director of Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC), Mr Bernard Menon, on the steps taken to ensure foreign workers here get sufficient help and support.

US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh rounds up the episode with a discussion on the situation in the United States, as states continue to see anti-lockdown protests, and whether small businesses can survive as a US$484 billion (S$690 billion) relief Bill is passed in Congress.

Topics covered in previous episodes include an ST photojournalist's first-hand account of a visit to foreign worker dormitories, and how smaller F&B businesses are affected by the tighter circuit breaker measures.