29 October 2012

Meet Ming - your friendly MOM mascot

29 October 2012

Have you met Ming?

Some 1,300 foreign workers did just that, when they attended the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Public Roadshow on 14 Oct (Sun) at the field next to Aljunied MRT station. 

Ming is the new MOM mascot who made his debut appearance here. He will also be a regular feature at all MOM’s public education roadshows. And he was definitely the “star” of the show, with many participants requesting to take photos with him. 

Ming the friendly MOM mascot, posing for a photo with two workers

This roadshow garnered the largest response from workers, with a record number turning up. It is part of MOM's efforts, together with partner agencies like the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Police, and the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC), to reach out and interact with foreign workers in Singapore. There were educational booths set up by the four main agencies, and non-governmental organisations Migrant Workers Centre and Healthserve. Telco Singtel and remittance company Western Union also set up booths to offer their services to the foreign workers.

Foreign workers viewing posters put up by MOM, NEA, SPF and WSHC

Representatives from MOM, NEA, the Police and WSHC organised simple games on stage, and also performed educational skits. The aim – to educate and engage foreign workers to ensure they are aware of their rights and what actions are illegal in Singapore. Illegal actions include holding part-time jobs and working for different employers. 

Participants playing a stage game with Ming the mascot

Encouraging teamwork through on-stage games

Those who attended the roadshow also brought home a goodie bag with useful items such as a toiletries pouch and towel, as well as publications from the agencies.

MOM officers took the opportunity to chat with the foreign workers as they browsed the booths. 

The workers enjoyed themselves at the roadshow. One worker from a provincial Chinese town said, “I am happy that MOM wants to get close to us and bridge the distance between foreign workers and MOM. The mascot breaks the barrier between us and MOM.”

MOM officers speaking to workers to get feedback

Another worker, who has attended previous roadshows, said that “MOM’s advice helps me”. 

For the MOM officers who organised the show, it was indeed heartening to see foreign workers from different nationalities come together, enjoy themselves, and learn along the way. MOM will continue to raise awareness of foreign workers’ rights and responsibilities through organising such exciting activities, to brighten up their days here in Singapore. 
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