Responding to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s latest cabinet line-up, AWARE, Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group expressed dismay at the lack of female representation among Cabinet Ministers. AWARE chided the lack of women promotion to full Ministers while new male candidates like Ng Chee Meng and Ong Ye Kung were parachuted into Acting Minister position.
They wrote on their Facebook:
“The Prime Minister said of leadership renewal: “It’s an urgent task. We don’t have the luxury of time.” Women’s representation in leadership should be an integral part of this, not an afterthought.
Men who are wholly new to Parliament have been appointed as Acting Ministers based on a long-term vision. Why can’t women – some of whom have worked very hard at Minister of State levels for many years – be part of that vision too?”