Singapore has appointed its first female Prime Minister, even if it’s only in a mock up parliament setting.
M. Premikha, 20, who is undertaking classes at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine next month, took the position to become the prime minister at the fourth annual Singapore Model Parliament, which started for 2015 this week at The Arts House.
Official Parliament representative and speaker Halimah Yacob performed at the opening event, which aims to introduce youth to the fundamentals of Singapore’s parliamentary process.
Students from universities and colleges take on the roles of various Parliament Members, from ruling and opposition parties and debating current real issues. This year is the first time that the event has featured a female playing the role of Prime Minister. This year they are also having students take on the role of journalists from various local newspaper agencies.
Mr Chris Chia, 24, president of the NUS Political Science Society stated ‘Premikha displayed a keen and understanding leadership quality.’ Hopefully this will encourage women to step forward in the official parliament, and play more predominant roles for future political positions.