News Recap

21 Mar 20 to 27 Mar 20

27 Mar 2020

1. Stay informed and safe

To help Singaporean stay informed on the latest health, economic and social developments related to the outbreak, Straits Times is making their news reports and analyses by their correspondents freely available to all.

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2. MOM issues stop-work orders to 34 companies for not following safe distancing measures

In the past week, the ministry issued 34 stop-work orders and 36 remedial orders, the result of a four-day long operation, which saw its officers conducting checks on more than 100 companies. It said on Friday (March 27) that these companies were required to make “immediate rectifications” and urged other businesses to keep themselves updated on the latest advisories.

ASPRI urges all members to review the advisory on the safe distancing measures and ensure compliance. Members can also view all other relevant advisories on our website here:


3. Foreign workers who flout gathering size rules may lose work passes if they refuse to disperse

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday (Mar 26) warned that foreign workers who do not comply with gathering size rules could have their work passes revoked if they fail to disperse when told to by the authorities.

In a letter to employers, MOM said foreign workers are expected to practise safe distancing during their rest days and that it will conduct ground inspections to “pro-actively disperse gatherings. As outdoor gatherings among foreign workers tend to be large, MOM will take action to disperse them as an added precaution,” said the letter.

It “strongly advised” foreign workers to remain in their places of residence on their rest days, adding that those who have errands to run should make use of facilities within their dormitories or as close by as possible.

Additionally, a total of 89 work pass holders have had their passes revoked as of Saturday (Mar 21) for breaching entry approval and stay-home notice requirements. In a press release, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said that the workers have been permanently banned from working in Singapore.


4. Digital Solutions and Resources for Companies

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SGTech have jointly curated a suite of technology solutions to help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and businesses address business continuity challenges, allowing them to be better positioned to grow and capture new business opportunities when the economy recovers.

These specially-curated solutions aim to make business continuity essentials more accessible to SMEs and businesses, across several key categories:

  • Remote Working
  • Visitor Management
  • Bill and Pay Online
  • Sell Online
  • Others


5. Why SMEs should embrace machine learning

Recent technological advancements have placed artificial intelligence (AI) along with its subfield of machine learning (ML), at the forefront of transforming SMEs digitally. Some SMEs are starting to tap into ML to shape their business processes and decision-making with the ultimate aim of raising profitability through revenue improvement, cost reduction and new sources of value creation.

With the right mindset towards ML adoption and readiness to embrace changes, SMEs will be on their way to realise the benefits of digitisation.


6. WSH Alert Accident Advisory

Last week, there were 2 advisories issues by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council.

Worker electrocuted and fell from height  

On 7 November 2019 around 9:30am, a worker was on a ladder replacing the motor of a roller shutter when he suffered an electrical shock and fell about 5 metres to the ground. He was conveyed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Worker struck by ejected assembly component

On 23 March 2020, a worker was using a hydraulic press machine to dismantle an engineering component when he was struck by a part of the assembly. He was conveyed to the hospital where he passed away.

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