The candidates: Workers' Party

Cost of living a key focus

Mr Dylan Ng Foo Eng, one of the four candidates unveiled at the first Workers' Party press conference for General Election 2015.
Mr Dylan Ng Foo Eng, one of the four candidates unveiled at the first Workers' Party press conference for General Election 2015.PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES

Dylan Ng Foo Eng, 40

Occupation: Head of wealth management and loan sales at RHB Bank in Singapore.

Family: Married to a 37-year-old who is a vice-president of a financial institution. They have a daughter, 10, and a son, six.

Education: Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia and an advanced diploma in private banking from the Singapore Management University.

Hobbies: Bowling, snooker, football and table tennis.

Why politics?

In 2009, one of my best friends died. It was a wake-up (call). I asked myself what is my purpose in life, and realised my dream is to serve the community. Joining a political party is one way of doing it. In politics, you are involved in a party, you organise grassroots activities, take part in Meet-the-People Sessions and get to understand people's problems. You can also engage in the policymaking process. A good policy will impact many lives.

Why you?

I came from a humble family. Our meals were regularly just porridge and salted eggs. I still take the bus two, three days a week now. I understand the daily needs and struggles of the average Singaporean. I, too, feel the pinch.

What issues will you focus on?

Cost of living and population issues because they affect the average Singaporean.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Labrador Park. It's a very tranquil and serene place. Any time I need to clear my mind, I drive there, park and have a quiet moment.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2015, with the headline 'Cost of living a key focus'. Print Edition | Subscribe