Mr Vincent Phang, SingPost Group CEO

Brother Roger Tan, President of UTES

Brother Thuvinder Singh, General Secretary of UTES

Colleagues and friends 

1. Selamat petang. This is the first time I’m joining you in SingPost’s annual buka puasa event, and I am honoured to be part of your tradition. 

2. Ramadan and Raya in the past two years had been challenging for all our Muslim friends. 

3. But this year, with Singapore’s announcement to living with Covid-19, and the corresponding easing of measures, Ramadan and Raya promise to be extra special. It has been two years since we have been able to have such a large gathering for buka puasa; and I am very grateful that we can do so again this year. Since 1 April, the Singapore-Malaysia land border has been re-opened. I understand that many of our Malaysian postal colleagues have made arrangements to return home. Thank you for making the decision to remain in Singapore for the last two years. It must have been difficult for you to be separated from your loved ones for so long. For those who are returning home, I wish you a safe return and a joyful family reunion. 

4. To all of you at SingPost, I would like to say “Thank You” for your dedication and hard work for keeping Singapore’s postal system and last mile delivery services going in such extraordinary times. You have to adapt repeatedly and quickly to changing SMMs. You have to watch over your personal health and safety; and cover for colleagues who had unfortunately caught the virus.  

5. You have also supported in many national distribution exercises, including the two rounds of Antigen Rapid Test kits delivery to all households; the distribution of notification letters to all households regarding the CDC vouchers, which provided relief to households, and also merchants that are on the receiving end of the vouchers; as well as the delivery of pamphlets on the distribution of Temasek Foundation’s hand sanitizer and oximeter. Because of you, our important mail was delivered to our letterboxes and doorsteps safely and in a timely manner. So, a big round of applause to all of you! 

6. Today, Singapore is in a much better situation than a year ago. But we must remain vigilant against the battle of Covid-19. The reason is we do not really know if there will be another variant that is more transmissible and harmful that the current strains. Hence, we must always keep our mindset ready to respond to any crisis. 

7. On top of that, we must also adapt to structural changes, accelerated by the rapid pace of digitalisation across many different sectors. This is no different for the postal industry. 

8. So, I am happy to note that SingPost has been investing to meet the evolving postal needs of our people and businesses. Globally, e-Commerce volumes have risen dramatically during Covid-19, as many of us stayed home. SingPost, as a key player in Singapore’s last-mile delivery infrastructure, would have felt intensely its direct impact from the increase in volumes over the last two years. So, I am glad that you are accelerating your plans for the growing e-Commerce logistics business.

9. On the training and upskilling front, SingPost was one of the first few companies to form the Company Training Committee, or CTC, together with UTES and e2i back in 2019. Since then, despite the pandemic, I was told that SingPost has upskilled over 600 staff with digital competencies, and another 400 over staff have completed WSQ trainings. When there is a manpower crunch, squeezing out training time is even harder, but I want to urge all of you to make full use of the opportunities that your company and the union have put together for you, because over time they will be helpful to you. 

10. To conclude, as long as SingPost remains nimble, agile and adaptive to changes, and your workforce – which is the core of the company – continues to upskill and strive for excellence, I have every confidence in SingPost’s continued ability to weather changes and to reach new heights. 

11. On this note, Selamat berbuka puasa! Terima Kasih! 
 
PDF version of the speech 
Icon Pdf
MCI response to PQ on Take-up Rates for Various Digital Support Programmes and Ensuring Availability of Digital Learning Devices for Students Parliament QAs Infocomm Media, Public Comms, Digital Readiness 04 Jul 22
MCI response to PQ on Steps to Protect Singapore's Critical Infrastructure from Malware Threat Parliament QAs Cyber Security 04 Jul 22
MCI response to PQ on Penalties for Internet Service Providers for Fault Repairs Taking Longer than 24 Hours Parliament QAs Infocomm Media, Public Comms 04 Jul 22
MCI response to PQ on Avenues of Recourse when Social Media Organisations Do Not Comply with Government's Directions Parliament QAs Digital Defence, Public Comms 04 Jul 22
MCI response to PQ on Programmes to Train Seniors to Adopt Digital Services Including Making Online Purchases and Using Digital Banking Services Parliament QAs Digital Readiness, Infocomm Media, Public Comms 04 Jul 22
Speech by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at Singapore Tamil Youth Conference on 2 July 2022 Speeches Public Comms 02 Jul 22
Speech by Mr Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at the Official Opening of ShopBack’s New Office Space on 1 Jul 2022 Speeches Digital Readiness 01 Jul 22
Joint Announcement: U.S Department of Commerce and Singapore Ministry of Communication and Information Launch Partnership Program To Empower Women In Tech Press Releases Infocomm Media 28 Jun 22
Speech by Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at Official Launch of SG Translate Together Web Portal on 27 June 2022 Speeches Government Technology, Public Comms 27 Jun 22
Launch of SGTT Web Portal To Partner All Singaporeans And Improve Translation Standards In Singapore Press Releases Government Technology, Public Comms 27 Jun 22
Speech by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at the Virtual Youth Cyber Exploration Programme Central Capture-The-Flag Competition Award Ceremony on 24 June 2022 Speeches Cyber Security 24 Jun 22
Opening Remarks by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information, at Graduation Ceremony and Launch of New Initiatives for ‘Upskill 2022’ , on 14 June 2022 Speeches Digital Readiness, Infocomm Media 14 Jun 22
The United Kingdom-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement Enters into Force Press Releases Infocomm Media 14 Jun 22
Transcript of speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at the Singapore Press Club's 50th Anniversary Press Ball, on 10 June 2022 Speeches Public Comms, Infocomm Media 10 Jun 22
Transcript of speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at Singapore Book Fair 2022 and Youths Help Seniors Go Digital Workshop on 5 June 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media, Libraries 05 Jun 22
Speech by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at the Opening of the Quantum Technology Summit, TechXLR8 Asia (part of Asia Tech x Singapore 2022), on 1 June 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media 01 Jun 22
Speech by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at the Opening of ATxEnterprise Industry Headliners Stage (Part of Asia Tech x Singapore 2022) on 1 June 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media 01 Jun 22
Transcript of speech by Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Information, Ms Rahayu Mahzam, at InnovFest x Elevating Founders (ATxImpact) on 1 June 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media 01 Jun 22
Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at the SGTraDex Product Launch, on 1 June 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media 01 Jun 22
Keynote Address by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications & Information and Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation, at the ATxAI Conference on 1 June 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media 01 Jun 22
Singapore launches world’s first AI testing framework and toolkit to promote transparency; Invites companies to pilot and contribute to international standards development Press Releases Infocomm Media 26 May 22
Opening Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, at the Official Opening of the National Integrated Centre for Evaluation, on 18 May 2022 Speeches Cyber Security 18 May 22
Speech by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, at the MOU Signing between Singapore Women in Tech and Polytechnics and launch of Cross-Polytechnic Girls in Tech Committee, on 13 May 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media 13 May 22
Opening Address by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, at Inaugural Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP) Internet-of-Things (IOT) Innovation Day 2022 Speeches Infocomm Media 11 May 22