The candidates: Workers' Party

Eager to put skills to good use

Mr Daniel Goh Pei Siong, one of the four candidates unveiled at the first Workers' Party press conference for General Election 2015.
Mr Daniel Goh Pei Siong, one of the four candidates unveiled at the first Workers' Party press conference for General Election 2015.PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES

Daniel Goh Pei Siong, 42

Occupation: Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore

Family: Married to a 39-year-old full-time homemaker. They have a son, three.

Education: PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and bachelor's and master's degrees in Sociology from NUS.

Hobbies: Cooking and reading.

Why politics?

I am the father of a three-year-old son and he was my inspiration for joining the WP in the first place.

I seek to empower his future and the future of all Singaporeans, and hope my son's generation will be equipped with the tools and resources to realise their dreams.

I believe my knowledge, research and thinking skills could be put to good use to think of policy matters affecting ordinary folk.

Why you?

I started my journey during the 2011 General Election just wanting to contribute what I could based on my skill sets.

I ended up learning a lot from party elders and members, volunteers as well as fellow citizens I interacted with.

When the party and fellow citizens asked me to contribute more, I reflected on whether it is a call to duty. It is up to voters to decide whether I would be a better candidate to represent and serve them.

What issues will you focus on?

I do not want to commit myself to specific issues. The issues I will champion will be pertinent to the needs and problems of the day.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Kovan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2015, with the headline 'Eager to put skills to good use'. Print Edition | Subscribe