Singaporeans are familiar with the term "kiasu", the fear of losing out.
There are many instances where this trait has surfaced, such as attending numerous tuition classes on top of studying hard at any given opportunity in order to obtain good grades; "choping" tables with tissue packets at hawker centres; and the recent panic buying at supermarkets in the light of the current Covid outbreak. Indeed, this culture has helped raise Singapore's competitiveness and allowed us to succeed in many areas. However, is neglecting all other factors for the sake of personal benefit really the most appropriate way of moving forward socially as a country?
I had the opportunity to meet a friend from another country. I was surprised to hear that in her country, the community viewed one another as a whole; and thus any action taken would be geared towards benefiting everyone.
In a competitive and fast-paced country like Singapore, it's a rarity to see such behaviour in our society. Perhaps it's time we distanced ourselves from this culture of "kiasuism". Doing so would not only allow us to progress much more as a society, but also as a nation. It would exemplify how Singapore has, over the years, developed ificantly not only in terms of our economy, but also in the mindset of the people.
Plato was among the first to pioneer the concept of feminism and gender equality.
Centuries have passed, with the world experiencing industrialisation, urbanisation and, currently, digital transformation. Entrenched gender disparity, discrimination and the disproportionate playing field for women still remain.
There is evidence of lower female representation at senior management levels and in politics. Currently, there are 20 elected women parliamentarians out of a total of 89 Members of Parliament. Pay-wise, when comparing the median monthly pay of both the genders, it's been reported that women in Singapore earned The positives are that there are now many more opportunities for women who were formerly disenfranchised.
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It is evident that women have seized the opportunities and proven their leadership capabilities when given a chance. There is also mounting evidence that women can complement men in the workplace, with their expertise and thinking. Ostensibly, women have better communication, listening and emotive skills than men.
These skill sets also mean that women can be great leaders. Please keep to a length of words. ST's Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.
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