What factors are stopping young people from turning their ideas into businesses? How can we encourage more to do so?
Shortage of funding and picky people who are quick to run down ideas... If fresh ideas are the way to go, give them deep thought, iron out possible issues and test the waters.
Yu Tae Hyun
Many youngsters are reluctant to leave their comfort zones, and failure is a big stigma in our society. While we focus on a few successes, there are many more failures that we have neglected. Local entrepreneurs need to have deep pockets and that's a hard truth.
Life as a hawker is not glamorous but tough and back breaking, with long hours and hard work. There is no Central Provident Fund contribution and not many are making a decent salary. You need to be able to offer quality food at reasonable prices... If you charge too much, the business will not succeed, and if you charge too little, you cannot make decent profits.
Is there enough support for students with mental illnesses? If not, what more can be done?
Teachers should be aware of their responsibility to provide duty of care, but their roles should not cross over to actual provision of personal support... Schools should be concerned with education, not therapy.
Provide training for educators up to tertiary level on mental conditions that may affect students. Educators are then better equipped to help these students by paying more attention to their learning needs or referring them for medical treatment.
Wilkie Ong Keng Soon
Teachers should encourage their students to speak up and talk about their feelings, stresses, and so on, in class and talk about mental illness openly...
This may help reduce the stereotypes/presumptions of such conditions, rarely spoken about in public.
How can companies deter those who turn up just for the food or vouchers at AGMs but do not attend the meetings?
Just serve water and, maybe at most, tea and coffee. It's work, if you feel responsible towards the company you own by holding its shares, not a free lunch party.
Why be so petty? They are qualified shareholders, they exercised their right to be there. It's a little token of appreciation... Their presence just to enjoy the food should be considered a vote for the company to continue as it has.