Day 3/4 Reflections

Name: Alastair Pang
Country: Singapore
School: Hwa Chong Institution
Current Status: Really quite tired

Just saying the only reason I managed to stay awake this whole day is thinking of the night safari. And I am glad I stayed awake, because the talks and the summit dialogue all had their own learning points I took away.

The summit dialogue with Ms.Tan Ching Yee on healthcare was very detailed, and of course important. The issue at hand was a very pertinent issue, because no one system is the best. She showed a graph of how the different systems fared in terms of sustainability, and other such factors. From this I learnt that coming up with a perfect system is never possible. And the only thing that we should be aiming for when we are leaders, and making policies, organizing events etc is which is the best method that would fit the ideals of the leader or the ideals of the country. In the case of Britian, they have their own public health care system. But this might not necessarily work in Singapore at all. This is because the ideals of these two countries, or the mentality of the two countries are different. Being leaders, yes we should learn from other people as well, but we have to own our decision, and make them our decision. It is not about what works for others, but more about what works for us, and for the people under us. That, to me was the most important take away for me.

The trip to GIC was very confusing for me. I had a tough time trying to figure out what the speaker was saying, but did managed to get bits and pieces out of it. From the information I gathered out of it, I learnt the importance of calculated risks, and how as leaders, we have to take risks to gain, while at the same time we have to know what risks we are getting ourselves into.

The trip to LTA was also interesting. It taught me that to be a leader, we have to be able to adapt to the situation and learn how to analyse situations and search for the root of the problem, and solve it. For example, Singapore has a large population (currently at 5mil people), and the LTA now is trying to figure out ways to reduce the peak period crowd, which will inevitably be a problem with a large population. And the way they help to reduce traffic accidents, is systematically analysing places where there are many accidents, and finding the root of the problem, and eradicating it. This can be applied to any thing in leadership. How to adapt and analyze problems.

The tour around PUB was eye opening, to see how Singapore has so many creative ways to deal with out water shortage problems. I enjoyed the visit thoroughly. The tour was engaging, and also enlightening, which was a good change from the "stay in your seat and listen to me speak" talks we had so far. I learnt many things about how important water is to Singapore, and how we managed, with the help of technology, to solve this problem.

šŸ™‚ because Erin says I don’t use smileys enough. So I added one in. Hope you are happy now Erin.



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