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Meritocracy helps keep women out of S’pore parliament

Posted on 15 November 2013

Parliament satisfied there is a natural mechanism for weeding women out, explicit discrimination not necessary.


Singaporeans from all walks of life who possess varying levels of sexism, are glad that the Singapore parliament does not explicitly discriminate against women from occupying a seat.

This after Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development, defended Singapore’s record of women in politics.

She argued that there are more women in parliament now than 10 years ago and it is more important to anchor political representation on meritocracy, rather than impose gender quotas.

Da Nan Ren, a local, said he is heartened to hear about meritocracy’s role: “Singapore, or men in general, do not need to systematically bar women from politics, because we rely on meritocracy to do that for us.”

Meritocracy, acting as a natural filter, has managed to limit women to 25.4 percent of parliament seats.

This issue of gender was first brought up by Workers’ Party’s Sylvia Lim, who had asked if the Singapore government is happy that out of the 99 seats in parliament, only 25 are occupied by women.

She is a woman, contrary to popular belief.





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  • mlj11

    Meritocracy, acting as a natural filter, has managed to let in only 25.4 percent of women from making it into Singapore parliament.

    Don’t you mean, “… has managed to limit women to 25.4% of parliament” or something similar?

    • New Nation

      Mmm ok why not?

      • mlj11

        Hehe :-)

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