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Singapore eyes gig worker welfare in wake-up call for ASEAN startups

PM Lee 'especially concerned' about lack of security for delivery drivers

A Grab driver prepares to make a delivery outside a shopping mall in Singapore.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Delivery drivers and other "gig economy" workers have emerged as essential in the pandemic. Now, Singapore aims to offer them more support, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong singling out their "employee-like relationships" with online platforms that offer little security.

In a National Day Rally speech on Sunday evening, Lee said he was "especially concerned" about delivery workers, as his government aims to address the struggles of low-wage earners in general.

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