SBF Foundation Signs MoU with people-public-private partners to spearhead a new initiative, Project MigrantWell
- A donor-initiated project, Project MigrantWell, will receive a SGD 20 million seed funding, collectively donated by Estate of Khoo Teck Puat and Estate of Ng Teng Fong to support migrant workers in Singapore.
Monday, 29 November 2021 [Singapore] - The SBF Foundation, the social impact arm of Singapore Business Federation (SBF), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Estate of Khoo Teck Puat, Estate of Ng Teng Fong and St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital to launch Project MigrantWell. The Estate of Khoo Teck Puat and Estate of Ng Teng Fong have collectively donated SGD 20 million seed funding. SBF Foundation aims to raise another SGD 15 million towards this cause.
Initiated in 2020 by the Estate of Khoo Teck Puat and Estate of Ng Teng Fong, SBF Foundation then spearheaded the project and brought it to fruition today. In 2020, SBF Foundation embarked on similar industry-led initiatives such as the Compassion Fund and Employability Fund, to build a more resilient workforce and help employees in need. Project MigrantWell takes on a holistic approach to support the health and wellbeing of migrant workers. It will incorporate the establishment of a charity, MigrantWell Singapore, a MigrantWell Welfare Fund and a medical centre at Penjuru.
With the migrant workforce playing a key role in the business ecosystem by bolstering our local workforce, the project will include a medical centre at Penjuru which will serve 57,000 migrant workers. This centre will be operated by St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital. A MigrantWell Welfare Fund will support niche care programmes for the migrant workforce. MigrantWell Singapore will partner community agencies to identify care gaps, and develop the criteria and guidelines for the usage of the Fund. More details would be available at a later stage.
Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, Chairman of the SBF Foundation said, “People are at the heart of any organisation and also whatever we do. As business organisations, we can contribute to alleviate social issues of those in our employ and of the community at large. In this spirit, Project MigrantWell is SBF Foundation’s latest initiative to encourage a compassionate business community. I thank our partners for their support, and the Estates of Khoo Teck Puat and Ng Teng Fong for their generous contributions.”
The MOU was signed by Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, Chairman of SBF Foundation, Mr Chia Der Jiun, Second Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Manpower, Dr Arthur Chern, Group CEO, St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital (SAMH) and Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS), Mr Edward Ng from the Estate of Ng Teng Fong, and Mr James Khoo from the Estate of Khoo Teck Puat. The MOU exchange was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng, and Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health, Dr Koh Poh Koon.
A panel discussion was also organised during the event, where Mr Ho Meng Kit, Chairman, MigrantWell Singapore, Dr Arthur Chern, Group CEO of SAMH and SACS, Mr Mark Lee, Managing Director, Vac-Tech Engineering Pte Ltd, and Mr Govindaraj Mathiyalagan, migrant worker at BJ Harvest Services Pte Ltd shared about “Enabling holistic care for the well-being of our migrant workers”. Moderated by Ms Janet Ang, Deputy Chairman of SBF Foundation, the panellists shared how MigrantWell Singapore and the medical centre will better support the healthcare needs of migrant workers, and the critical role that employers and businesses can play in the partnership to enable holistic care.
Mr Lim Ming Yan, Chairman of SBF added, “The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the important role migrant workers play in our business ecosystem. As an essential part of our workforce, businesses can do their part to take care of the well-being of migrant workers. SBF is glad to partner SBF Foundation in rallying our business community towards this meaningful cause.”