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After graduating on a PSC scholarship, Hazel was appointed into the Administrative Service and served two years in the Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, and two years in the Ministry of Finance. She says that she enjoyed the four years stint in the Civil Service and learned much from her colleagues and supervisors.
Hazel started her entrepreneurship journey with an online job portal followed by an online grocery service. Running a startup was one of her most challenging pursuits in her adult life.

In my third attempt, she decided to start a tuition centre and was doing everything from giving tuition to managing the front desks to housekeeping. She did seven-day workweek, seventeen-hours a day for the next two years.

Building on the success of her tuition business, Hazel decided to enter politics ten years ago so that she can give back to society.

“When HDB upgrading was linked to votes, I felt that the ruling party was putting its party interest ahead of Singaporean interest. I also disagreed with some of our economic policies for example pursuing growth by importing foreign labour and allowing two casinos to operate’’ says Hazel.

She believes that Singapore needs an alternative and that the one party system is no longer sustainable over the longer term. The current leadership in the ruling party is weak and does not have what it takes to lead us forward.

“I believe in diversity, especially in Education and Politics. I believe diversity breeds creativity and innovation, and hence progress. I would like to see our education system and political landscape embrace and respect differences and different ideas and paths,” says Hazel.

Hazel also believes in equal opportunity for all especially those attending adult education programmes. “In my job, I come across people who did not thrive in our school system while young and dropped out but, after a few years of working experience, are seeking ways to upgrade themselves by entering polytechnics. To do so, they need to obtain an O level certificate as a private candidate. However, the cost of private education can be an obstacle. I feel that the same level of government subsidy as that given to other secondary school students should be extended to such older / adult learners to support life-long learning for Singaporeans, says Hazel.

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Hazel Poa

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About Hazel

After graduating on a PSC scholarship, Hazel was appointed into the Administrative Service and served two years in the Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, and two years in the Ministry of Finance. She says that she enjoyed the four years stint in the Civil Service and learned much from her colleagues and supervisors.
Hazel started her entrepreneurship journey with an online job portal followed by an online grocery service. Running a startup was one of her most challenging pursuits in her adult life.

In my third attempt, she decided to start a tuition centre and was doing everything from giving tuition to managing the front desks to housekeeping. She did seven-day workweek, seventeen-hours a day for the next two years.

Building on the success of her tuition business, Hazel decided to enter politics ten years ago so that she can give back to society.

“When HDB upgrading was linked to votes, I felt that the ruling party was putting its party interest ahead of Singaporean interest. I also disagreed with some of our economic policies for example pursuing growth by importing foreign labour and allowing two casinos to operate’’ says Hazel.

She believes that Singapore needs an alternative and that the one party system is no longer sustainable over the longer term. The current leadership in the ruling party is weak and does not have what it takes to lead us forward.

“I believe in diversity, especially in Education and Politics. I believe diversity breeds creativity and innovation, and hence progress. I would like to see our education system and political landscape embrace and respect differences and different ideas and paths,” says Hazel.

Hazel also believes in equal opportunity for all especially those attending adult education programmes. “In my job, I come across people who did not thrive in our school system while young and dropped out but, after a few years of working experience, are seeking ways to upgrade themselves by entering polytechnics. To do so, they need to obtain an O level certificate as a private candidate. However, the cost of private education can be an obstacle. I feel that the same level of government subsidy as that given to other secondary school students should be extended to such older / adult learners to support life-long learning for Singaporeans, says Hazel.

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