Keeping track of global developments through inter-party exchange
An entourage of 34 Wanita MCA leaders embarked on a study tour in Singapore early July 2009. The delegation was warmly received by Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Chairwoman of the Women’s Wing of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, female Members of Parliament, and the Executive Committee of PAP Women’s Wing. Both groups exchanged notes and ideas on how to recruit more talented women to join their respective women’s wings while keeping a family work life balance.
Building Close Rapport
Accompanied by Grace Fu Hai Yien ,the Minister of State for National Development of Singapore, Wanita MCA National Chairman YB Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Deputy Chairman Datuk Yu Chok Tow, Vice Chairman YB Tan Ah Eng, and Dato’ Lim Bee Kau called on Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong. Our leaders had a fruitful one-hour exchange on common policial issues facing both countries.
During the meeting, Lee Hsien Loong shared on his government’s concept of ensuring equal treatment for all ethnic communities while the Wanita MCA delegation expressed its respect and admiration towards the Singapore premier for empowering women folks with practical actions.
Female members of parliament in Singapore has increased from 4 in 2001 to 17 now, or constituting 20% of the total number of members of parliament. The increasing numbers of elected female representatives coupled with the appointment of the first female cabinet minister in Singapore in 2009 give women much heartening encouragement to participate in politics.
Women and Economy
Women and Economy
Singapore was not spared of unemployment caused by the global economic crisis. Many who lost their jobs were women. In this respect, the republic island took swift and effective measures to enhance the value of the unemployed and facilitate job search for them. The delegation also visited SPRING and the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). The NTUC briefed the Wanita MCA delegation on various job security plans while SPRING Singapore highlighted support provided to assist enterprises and companies to tide over the current financial crisis. The visit offered invaluable input for Wanita MCA members in their efforts to set up the Women Entrepreneur Development Centre.
The group was also warmly received by Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports. There was a cordial and detailed exchange on common interests such as women and family development, and racial and social harmony.
Friendship that withstands
the test of time
The visit to Singapore has greatly inspired Wanita MCA in various areas. It has increased mutual understanding between the governments and political parties of the two countries. Such friendly exchanges evidently demonstrate the continuing friendship and camaraderie between the two countries.