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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sharing cum Dialogue Session with RC Chairpersons

26 January 2011

Participated in the 3rd day of the 21st IAVE World Conference in the morning and then attended the Sharing cum Dialogue Session with Residents' Committee (RC) Chairpersons organised by People's Association.

The Straits Times, 26 January 2011
Was quoted in a news report on youths. My comments on the survey findings that showed that Singapore youths are generally happy: "I agree that youths today are happier. We're getting a bit more attention now than before, including *Scape, where young people can hang out, and more dialogues being organised in schools and grassroots organisations for youths to speak up. We now have more platforms to express ourselves - and it's helped to give us a boost in our confidence."

The Sharing session was held at Tampines East Community Club.

People's Association Chief Executive Director Yam Ah Mee giving his welcome address

Mr Joshua Chan, People's Association Research Division, shares some statistics

Sharing by Central Singapore Director. He shared that there are a total of 557 RCs in Singapore

Best Practices Sharing by Ms Judith Lee, PBM, Chairlady of Tampines East Zone 4 RC

Ms Judith Lee shared a great quote, "The sky has its limits, but our outreach has no limits."

The RC's Women Aerobics Club, formed 12 years ago.

Tampines East Zone 4 RC Hip Hop Dance Club 

Volunteers and Interest Group members of Tampines East Zone 4 RC

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan (Tampines GRC) chairing the dialogue session with Advisers Cynthia Phua (Aljunied GRC) & Michael Palmer (Pasir Ris GRC) & PA CED Yam Ah Mee

Such sharing sessions are helpful in allowing different RCs to share and learn from one another!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Drawing the Line between PA and PAP

10 July 2010

I was quoted by The Straits Times regarding my views about the line between People's Association and the People's Action Party.

Although PA is a statutory board under the Ministry of Community, Youth Development & Sports (MCYS), it is not the PAP.

Under the PA's constitution, whichever political party which forms the government of the day will inherit the PA, i.e. Prime Minister will always assume the post of Chairman for the PA Board.

The PA's objective is to be the bridge between the Government and the people. PA Grassroots Leaders help to communicate Government policies to their residents while channelling feedback upwards.

This very objective and purpose would be nullified with the appointment of Opposition MPs as Advisers to Grassroots Organisations. They would have to choose between betraying their political parties by singing the Government's tune or betray People's Association by destroying the bridge.

Even though some PA Grassroots Leaders might take up PAP membership, it should not automatically mean that PA GRLs are all PAP members. That is as absurd as saying that your HDB is a PAP HDB flat because your neighbour is a PAP member.

What matters, to me, is that GRLs are those who have committed themselves to serving the community, sacrificing their family time and sometimes even money.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Double Whammy for the YEC

11 January 2010

It was a pleasant surprise to see the article on YoSpinz.

Here's an excerpt of the article:
Capitalising on the revived interest in yoyo, Mr Fong Yoong Kheong, 23, Vice-chairman of the Eunos CC Youth Executive Committee (YEC) initiated a yoyo interest group at his CC.

He thinks an interest group is an effective way for the YEC to reach out to more youths. He also believes that when people are grouped together by interest, it will allow more interaction and for them to bond together.

“I was walking around the neighbourhood, and I noticed bubble tea shops selling yoyos,” Mr Fong recalled. Not only that, he also saw many young children playing the yoyo while walking back home from school. So, his YEC placed banners near schools, recruiting members for the yoyo interest group, hoping for at least 30 participants before launching the group.

Within three weeks, there were already more than 30 members. Mr Fong was pleased with the response, and the group, month-old group, YoSpinz, meets every other Friday.

Meanwhile, the "Happy Smiles, Joyous Hearts" event, which was jointly organised by 5 PAYM Service Learning Clubs and Eunos CC YEC, was also featured in the Berita Harian.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Insights to Singaporean Teacher in Mini Bikini

The New Paper covered a story on the Singaporean primary school teacher blogger "Gwen" who posted photos of herself in mini bikini at her blog. This stirred up a debate in online forums on whether it is right or wrong for an educator to post such pictures.

According to I.Z. Reloaded, there was a NTU Assistant Professor who also posted bikini photos of herself in her blog. Although both "Gwen" and this NTU A/P were prompt to erase their blogs, their photos were already in circulation.

I remember my primary school teacher asking about our opinion if we visit bars or pubs and see our teachers in there. Her argument was that as an educator, there is an unmentioned obligation to keep an image that is appropriate for a role model.

I agree with her views. As educators, it is undeniable that students would tend to look up to them and subconsciously treat them as role models. When educators reflect a character that is in big contrast to how they carry themselves in school, a sense of betrayal and disappointment occurs in students.

It is true that teachers should also have a private life of their own. However, they are still bounded by the factor of accountability to parents. Nowadays, students spend more time with the teacher than with their parents. If parents need to set good examples for their children, teachers must set even higher standards. But what is good and what is bad?

Indeed this is debatable. Cladding bikinis cannot be said to be good or bad -- it's a freedom of choice in this free society. But if we were to consider the culture, then there might be a social norm where various behaviours are judged. Singapore is still a conservative society, and Confucian values give teachers greater pressure to conform to code of conduct.

I believe the infusion of younger teachers would gradually change the dynamics of education. Teachers just have to continue to be conscious of their private lives in the meantime...