ASME and SBF Foundation raises more than $500,000 for Migrant Workers’ Assistance Fund

Singapore, 18 June 2020 – The Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) is proud to announce that it has exceeded its target of S$300,000 for its fundraising initiative to support the migrant worker community. With the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Foundation’s matching of S$200,000, a total of over S$500,000 has been raised. The total contribution will be donated to the Migrant Workers’ Centre’s (MWC) charity, the Migrant Workers’ Assistance Fund, which will go towards helping migrant workers who have been affected by the COVID- 19 pandemic.

ASME held a virtual closing event to mark the end of the fundraising drive and to express its appreciation to the 77 businesses and individuals who contributed to the fund. Apart from donors, representatives from ASME, SBF Foundation and MWC were present to share a few words, as well as thank everyone for their participation and generous donations. The event was also graced by Guests-of-Honour, Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law; and Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Manpower.

Mr Kurt Wee, President of ASME, said, “I really want to give my heartfelt appreciation to all those that came forward. It is a very important signal that we are sending out to support them [migrant workers]. These are employees of our Singapore companies, and more importantly, employees of ASME and SBF’s members. I would like to thank everyone for coming together to support this cause and for making this very meaningful contribution happen.”

Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, said, “I think we all know migrant workers play a very important role in our system. They take on a lot of jobs and help the economy, and I think a large majority of Singaporeans do value them. During this period we have seen how the Government, the community and non- government organisations have come together [to support them].”

Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Manpower, said, “It is heartening to see how our migrant workers have been helped by many of our business community members [here] today. It is nice to see many of our SMEs giving them recognition, in terms of their contributions during this period as essential workers, as well as their role in building up Singapore. Not just in terms of infrastructure, but also in how they maintain our facilities and carry out important roles that we sometimes overlook. Such collective efforts are key to keep improving our care and support of our migrant worker community, especially those in distress.

During the event, notable donors such as Best World International Limited and Alliance Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd (AAHPL) were also called upon to share their sentiments. Dr Dora Hoan, Founder of Best World International, said, “During this circuit breaker, our business was not affected as much and we actually saw some growth, so we wanted to contribute some of the profits back to society.”

Dr Melanie Chew, Board Member of AAHPL, said, “On behalf of AAHPL, we very much support this effort and understand completely the essential role that migrant workers play in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for all Singaporeans to step forward and really represent Singapore for our values; to give a good impression to their host-sending countries how much we care and appreciate their people that come and help us build our nation.”


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The Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1986 for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. With wide-ranging services and programmes, ASME strives to equip member SMEs with the business knowledge and market opportunities to help them grow their businesses.

ASME, as the champion of a pro-enterprise Singapore, bridges the public and the private sectors to promote a more conducive business environment which facilitates the start-up, growth and development of a larger pool of SMEs. The two ASME flagship awards – The Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Singapore Prestige Brand Award – are in recognition of SMEs’ successes.

ASME will continue to roll out new SME-relevant programmes to enhance its position as THE business association For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs.

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