18 Dec 2018
Confident and well-spoken, Seto Meng Yu is one of the 89 recipients of the Frasers Property Limited Bursary Awards 2018. The 14-year-old son of Frasers Property Singapore employee, Seto Chee Keong, who works as the Senior Safety & Security Executive at The Centrepoint, Meng Yu scored six A1s for his Secondary 2 end-of-year exams. This was an improvement from the three A1s he garnered a year ago.
Set up in 2014 to empower the families of our staff and to support them through the most important years of their children’s education, the Frasers Property Limited Bursary Awards has expanded its reach from 49 since its inauguration.
We speak to the father and son to find out more.
Teaching the right values at home
“We are very proud of our son’s accomplishments! We always try to encourage him and give our support, even if he has not done as well as he hoped. With our guidance, and his own sheer determination, he has managed to do well this time around,” Seto said.
From a young age, Seto has taught his son to be independent, and to be well-read. This includes developing an interest in reading and keeping up-to-date on current events.
“Being in charge of the security and well-being of shoppers at The Centrepoint requires me to be aware of everything that is happening on the ground. On a much bigger level, global issues can also affect our operations. For example, knowing when to deploy more security and manpower onsite. I use this experience to teach Meng Yu to look at the bigger picture by understanding the world around him.”
Over the years, Seto has also observed an improvement in Meng Yu’s time management and analytic skills.
“My wife and I constantly remind him of the need to properly manage his time between school and other activities. Time management is a key element of success which help him in the future. Learning to analyse a situation before reacting will hopefully also keep him out of trouble. This will be beneficial to him when he eventually joins the workforce, especially when difficult situations arise. The best thing we can do is respond respectfully to whoever we are dealing with, and keep an open mind to any feedback we receive.”
Seto shares that his son’s interest for team sports such as volleyball and basketball has also instilled in him the importance of teamwork and collaboration, one of the Frasers Property’s core value.
Before ending the short interview, Meng Yu chimed in and said that he aspires to be a doctor in the future.
“I want to help others, and to do that, I have to perform well in my studies. I am grateful to be one of the recipients of the awards and will continue to do my best at school!”
Unlocking the potential of children
Khun Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group CEO, Ms Wanshi Zheng, Chief Strategy & Planning, Mr Sebastian Tan, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Mr Khong Shoong Chia, Group Chief Corporate Officer and Mr Christopher Tang, CEO, Frasers Property Singapore with the receipients of the awards.
Families like Seto’s embody the values that we encourage our staff to exemplify in the workplace, and which we hope to reward through our bursary recipients. This is also a way for us to thank our dedicated and committed staff, and to show them that we care for their families.