The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that it plans to amend the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA) to raise employment standards and the well-being of foreign workers. However, no details were announced in the statement released on October 11, 2011 – the ministry’s addendum to the President’s Address marking the opening of the new Parliament.

The brief mention in MOM”s statement is quoted below:

13. We will ensure that our system of enforcement and penalties provides sufficient deterrence to any attempt to circumvent our foreign manpower policies. We will be amending the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA) to strengthen enforcement, and hold employers and other stakeholders more accountable for the basic employment standards and well-being of foreign workers.

14. We are also conducting a holistic review of our foreign domestic worker (FDW) policies to improve the entry and recruitment of FDWs, and the experience of both employers and FDWs. We will also press on with our efforts to raise overall safety and health standards and reduce workplace fatality rate to less than 1.8 per 100,000 workers by 2018.