PAP Women's Wing announces new exco, will strengthen efforts to engage women

Grace Fu said the group believes women can play a bigger role in shaping the country's future.
Grace Fu said the group believes women can play a bigger role in shaping the country's future.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - The women's wing of the People's Action Party (PAP) will step up its efforts to engage and connect with Singaporean women, the grouping said on Monday as it announced the new line-up of its executive committee.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who chairs the PAP Women's Wing, also said the group believes women can play a bigger role in shaping the country's future, and is committed to helping them fulfil that role.

"As Singapore navigates through challenges such as uncertain global economic conditions, lower workforce growth and an ageing population, the Women's Wing will strengthen our connection with women on the ground, extend our outreach to activists and enhance our leadership on issues confronting women of Singapore," she said on Monday.

The Women's Wing, which was formed in 1989, has in recent years submitted policy proposals to the Government on marriage and parenthood, women in the workplace, and ageing.

The group also said on Monday that five newly elected female PAP MPs have been inducted into its executive committee for 2016-2017.

They have all been appointed as district and deputy district advisers.

The five MPs are: Ms Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar GRC) for the Central Singapore District; Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) and Ms Cheng Li Hui (Tampines GRC) for North East District; Ms Cheryl Chan (Fengshan) for South East District; and Ms Rahayu Mahzam (Jurong GRC) for South West District.

Other key appointment holders remain unchanged.

Ms Indranee Rajah (Tanjong Pagar GRC), Mrs Josephine Teo (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) and Dr Amy Khor (Hong Kah North) stay as vice-chairmen for outreach, advocacy and communications respectively, while Ms Sim Ann (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) remains as secretary.

Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC) remains the Women's Wing treasurer, and Ms Low Yen Ling (Chua Chu Kang GRC) stays in her role as assistant treasurer.

Ms Tin Pei Ling (MacPherson) remains the group's leader in new media efforts. Her deputy is Ms Chan Hui Yuh, who assisted the party in Aljunied GRC at last year's general election.