Yu-Foo Yee Shoon

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Yu-Foo Yee Shoon
Member of Parliament
for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC
In office
6 May 2006 – 19 April 2011
Preceded by Seat created
Succeeded by Sim Ann
Member of Parliament
for Bukit Timah GRC
In office
2 January 1997 – 6 May 2006
Preceded by Seat created
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of Parliament
for Yuhua
In office
22 December 1984 – 2 January 1997
Preceded by Seat created
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1950-02-17) 17 February 1950 (age 64)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Foo / Yu.

Yu-Foo Yee Shoon (Chinese: 符喜泉; pinyin: Fú Xǐquán; born 17 February 1950) is a former Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), she served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1984 to 2011. Her political appointments included Mayor of South West District of Singapore and Minister of State at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.[1]

Political career[edit]

Yu-Foo was first elected to Parliament in the 1984 general election. She was then one of only three female Members of Parliament at the time (and she went on to become one of the longest serving women politicians in Singapore).

In June 1999, Yu-Foo was appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the at the Ministry of Community Development and Sports (MCDS).

In November 2001, Yu-Foo was appointed Mayor of the Bukit Timah Community Development Council (CDC), which subsequently expanded to become the South West CDC. With her appointment, she became the first woman Mayor in Singapore.

In August 2004, Yu-Foo was appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

At the 2011 general election, Yu-Foo retired from politics after serving six terms in Parliament. She was succeeded as Minister of State at the MCYS by Halimah Yacob 21 May 2011.[2]

Career outside politics[edit]

Yu-Foo started her career as a Senior Industrial Relations Officer with the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) soon after graduating from university. Over the years, she has been Chairman, Vice-President, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of the NTUC.[1]

Her other appointments have included:

  • Member of the Professional Advisory Council of NTUC Childcare Co-operative Ltd
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF)
  • First woman to chair the NTUC Central Co-operative Fund Committee (CCFC)

She has also served as a Board Member of several statutory boards, co-operatives and listed companies such as:[3]

  • Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
  • Singapore Telecommunications
  • NTUC Insurance Co-operative (INCOME)
  • NTUC Fairprice
  • NTUC Childcare
  • National Environment Agency (NEA)
  • Jurong Town Corporation (JTC)
  • People’s Association (PA)

Achievements and accolades[edit]

Named “Woman of the Year” in 1995 by Her World magazine,[4] Yu-Foo was awarded the Rochdale Medal by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation in 1997.

In 2005, she received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Nanyang Technological University.[5]

In May 2008, she was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education by Wheelock College, Boston, USA.

The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) inducted her to its Wall of Fame in 2009.

Education[edit]

Yu-Foo attended Nanyang Girls' High School from 1962 to 1967, and graduated from Nanyang University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Commerce. In 1996, she completed a Master of Business at the Nanyang Technological Institute.[5]

Family background[edit]

Yu-Foo was born in Singapore in 1950. Her father was a Chinese immigrant who worked as a principal, and her maiden name is Fu. She is married to Yu Lee Wu, an engineering lecturer. The couple have three children. She enjoys reading, cultural activities, cooking for her family and friends, and having brisk walks with them.[4]

Quotes[edit]

  • "Women from all walks of life should work together to improve the well-being of our fellow women and men so that together we can inspire our young and the generations to come."[6]
  • "What inspired me to enter politics was the ability to help change people’s lives. I felt that the years spent in MCYS were meaningful and satisfying as the policies have touched people’s lives. I feel that women must be passionate and not be afraid to take charge of their own lives."
  • "I look forward to a vibrant society where young women are passionate about what they do. They must not be afraid to take charge of their own lives and not allow ‘the system’ to create a glass ceiling in their own minds. Besides striving to improve their own lives and their families’, women should also strive to make a difference and touch other people’s lives."[7]
  • "Women can help shift society's mindset regarding gender roles by starting in their own homes, by ensuring that old stereotypes are not perpetuated."[7]
  • "I believe that as long as we serve with love and care and do what we believe in, then we will not feel tired. Hence, first of all, we must have passion and belief in what we do to be motivated."
  • "We need to find a balance between man’s and woman’s duties. Both parties should play the role; otherwise some women might not want to come forward to play the role. Therefore, man and woman both have to communicate and know who does what, and who does what better, and how to share and build up the family."[8]

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