3 challenges for S'pore to tackle: What more can be done to help lower-wage workers

Covid-19 has strained fault lines in society and brought up difficult issues Singapore needs to deal with, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day message on Sunday. Insight looks at the three issues he cited: lifting the lot of lower-wage workers, addressing anxieties over foreigners, and managing concerns on race and religion.

Covid-19 has cast a spotlight on the stresses faced by lower-wage workers.
Covid-19 has cast a spotlight on the stresses faced by lower-wage workers.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Every day, Madam Foo Saifang takes the bus from her home in Pandan Gardens to the nearby Pandan Loop industrial estate, where she works as a part-time office cleaner.

She is hired on contracts for service, which do not come with statutory benefits such as annual leave.

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