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Alex Yam on Singapore Armed Forces and Other Matters Bill

08:30 Min

The proposed Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS) offers an opportunity for women to contribute towards building a strong digital core, said MP Alex Yam. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 2), he pointed out that the cybersecurity industry faces a talent crunch and the Government has been investing in efforts to better involve women in the field. He said the DIS is an "invaluable opportunity" for women to develop their talents and passion, as well as to reduce the gender gap in the industry. He wanted to know if women would have the option of volunteering for National Service (NS) under the DIS. Mr Yam asked how the Singapore Armed Forces will recruit and nurture talent after NS. He cautioned against a "potentially damaging mindset" that the new vocations within the DIS may be "more comfortable" compared to the other services. 

The proposed Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS) offers an opportunity for women to contribute towards building a strong digital core, said MP Alex Yam. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 2), he pointed out that the cybersecurity industry faces a talent crunch and the Government has been investing in efforts to better involve women in the field. He said the DIS is an "invaluable opportunity" for women to develop their talents and passion, as well as to reduce the gender gap in the industry. He wanted to know if women would have the option of volunteering for National Service (NS) under the DIS. Mr Yam asked how the Singapore Armed Forces will recruit and nurture talent after NS. He cautioned against a "potentially damaging mindset" that the new vocations within the DIS may be "more comfortable" compared to the other services. 

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