TIN PEI LING: BEING A MOTHER IS NOT A WEAKNESS, WE ARE EQUALLY CAPABLE

Last night, Mr Cheo Chai Chen in his rally speech said my new status as a mum is a weakness (see below). I disagree.

I am committed to MacPherson. I returned to work soon after delivery (two weeks to be more exact) because I want to continue to serve. I am confident that even as a mum I can continue to focus on my work in MacPherson.

Many mums face pressures to choose between motherhood and career. They should not have to. Women today are well educated and certainly capable of contributing in the workplace and in society. Hence I want to build a Singapore in which more women can successfully manage family and work responsibilities at the same time. What this needs are government and employer support, strong family ties with husbands playing active roles, and societal understanding and accommodation. I believe that together we can build such a Singapore.

I should add that neither should youth be seen as a disadvantage. It is good to encourage and enable youths to serve. It is good that young Singaporeans are paying attention and getting involved in the GE. It shows that young Singaporeans are willing to stand up for their beliefs and work hard to achieve a better future for our country.

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