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26 Jun 2020

1. MOM warns of phishing campaign using fake e-mail address with COVID-19 support fund as bait

A potential phishing campaign designed to steal personal data and financial information of individuals and companies is being planned by hackers using a fake Ministry of Manpower (MOM) e-mail address, warned the Ministry on 19th June 2020, Friday.

MOM said the hackers are planning to use the e-mail to trick people, using the COVID-19 support fund as bait to get them to share private data.

“The hackers plan to use a spoofed MOM e-mail address (covid-support[@]mom[.]gov[.]sg) and using the COVID-19 support fund as a lure to get recipients to click on the embedded phishing link,” MOM further elaborated.

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2. 31 more dorms COVID-19 free; 79,000 migrant workers in total cleared of COVID-19

Thirty-one more dormitories – which houses about 3,700 residents – have been cleared of COVID-19, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on 23rd June 2020 (Tuesday).

In a press release, MOM said that the dormitories comprise 27 factory-converted dormitories and four construction temporary quarters. In addition, four Blocks for Recovered Workers (BRWs) within three purpose-built dormitories have also been cleared.

In total, 163 dormitories and 18 BRWs in 11 purpose-built dormitories have so far been cleared of COVID-19.

MOM further added that as of 22nd June (Monday) about 79,000 migrant workers have been cleared of the virus, including those who are residing in government-provided accommodation facilities. Those cleared of the virus are a mix of workers who have tested negative as well as those who have recovered from infections.

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3. Most migrant workers expected to be cleared of coronavirus by end-July

By the end of next month, about 70 per cent to 80 per cent of foreign workers staying in dormitories in Singapore are expected to be cleared of the virus, allowing them to resume work.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, in disclosing this at a virtual briefing yesterday, said these workers “would have either recovered or tested free of the virus”.

"So we are controlling the infection in the community, and we are continuing to make progress to clear the migrant worker clusters and the dormitories, and allow the workers to resume work safely," said Mr Wong, who co-chairs a task force combating the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore.

He added that the authorities hope to test and clear the remaining 20 per cent of workers of the virus in August.

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4. New licensing conditions for employment agencies from Oct 1 to ensure they consider Singaporeans fairly

New rules are being introduced to ensure employment agencies recruiting candidates on behalf of employers consider Singaporeans fairly for vacancies.

The agencies will need to fulfil this and other new conditions to be licensed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) from 1st October 2020 onwards, said MOM in a statement on 22nd June 2020 (Monday).

It added that employment agencies with good hiring practices will be chosen as "placement partners", to help local job seekers secure jobs and traineeships under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.

This comes as the Government moves to strengthen job opportunities for Singaporeans amid the more difficult labour market conditions as a result of COVID-19.

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