Tuesday, July 7, 2009

MCA women's chief meets PM Lee

Asia One New:

MALAYSIAN Chinese Association (MCA) women's chief Chew Mei Fun called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday and also swopped ideas with women politicians and activists from the ruling People's Action Party (PAP).

The Wanita MCA national chairman and several members of her delegation met PM Lee at the Istana in his capacity as PAP secretary-general.

Datin Paduka Chew, whose two-day study tour here ended yesterday, is the Malaysian deputy minister of women, family and community development. She led a delegation of 35 political activists from the MCA women's group and enjoyed a lively dialogue with women MPs and activists of the PAP Women's Wing executive committee, said a statement from the PAP Women's Wing.

Leading the Singapore side at the dialogue was PAP Women's Wing chairman Lim Hwee Hua, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.

'Both groups noted the increasingly important role of women in the political and economic spheres,' the statement said.

'Both Mrs Lim and Senator Chew exchanged views on how to attract more talented women to come forward to serve in the respective political parties whilst achieving work-life balance.'

This story was first published in The Straits Times.

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