Humanity Beyond the Labels

Despite the whispers that the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code may happen, Singaporeans were still caught by surprise when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long made the official announcement during his 2022 National Day Rally speech. The response was expectedly diverse and divided. From the euphoric, to the pragmatic, and then to the opposing spectrum of enraged and devastated.

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Anak Takde Orang Jaga*”: Some Challenges Faced by Young, Unwed, Malay, Single Mothers

*Translated: No one to care for my child

Two years ago, I came across a BERITA Mediacorp article[1] in which Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support Ltd (Babes) had reported a rise in the number of Malay teenagers under 21 years old facing unplanned pregnancies from 2013 to 2017. Babes had asserted that instead of labelling it as a ‘Malay problem’, the phenomenon of unplanned teenage pregnancies could be due to structural factors, such as a lack of access to knowledge and services for abortion.

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This is What Youth Leadership Looks Like

“A leader is one that knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
– John C. Maxwell

Leadership is an important means to create trust and assurances in any organisation and to inspire a positive atmosphere for success. According to Stephen Covey, the definition of leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.

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From Kampung to Crypto: Empowering our Malays in Tech

In the past decade, we have seen the world grow exponentially with technology. Our larger community has become increasingly dependent on smartphones and computers to power our fast-paced lives. Within Singapore, this has sparked a slew of government-supported tech skills training initiatives – from SkillsFuture-claimable tech bootcamps like those by Generation Singapore to government partnerships with tech employers like the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA).

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The Role of Malay-Muslim Fathers in the Family

The White Paper on Singapore Women’s Development that was submitted to Parliament last month outlined the various challenges that women experience – from issues relating to caregiving work to the notion of a glass ceiling at the workplace. While the paper acknowledges positive developments for women over the years, there remains several unfavourable gender norms that are entrenched in Singapore society, such as the belief that women are, by default, the caregivers of the family and men, the breadwinners[1].

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