The candidates: Workers' Party

Eye on welfare of Malay-Muslims

Mr Redzwan Hafidz Abdul Razak, one of the four candidates unveiled at the first Workers' Party press conference for General Election 2015.
Mr Redzwan Hafidz Abdul Razak, one of the four candidates unveiled at the first Workers' Party press conference for General Election 2015.PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES

Redzwan Hafidz Abdul Razak, 30

Occupation: Engineer

Family: Married to a 33-year-old civil servant

Education: Master of Science in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick in Britain, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from University of Newcastle, Australia

Hobbies: Enjoying a good meal.

Why politics?

I joined politics and the party to offer Singaporeans alternatives. Even opposition politics can contribute a lot to society. Also, political competition is good not just during elections, but also in Parliament, so that Bills are properly scrutinised before they are passed.

Why you?

I can give different views on many issues. I like what WP MP Chen Show Mao said in his maiden parliamentary speech in 2011 - as an opposition MP, we are not the enemy of the Government, we are patriots and Singaporeans. It resonates with me.

What issues will you focus on?

I will answer this question at our rallies because some of it refers to our manifesto, which is not released yet. But to give an idea, on housing, my view is the Government should be transparent about development costs, land costs and other costs.

As a Malay-Muslim candidate, I will fight to raise the living standard and education level of my community.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

I grew up in Tampines and Pasir Ris and I like the halal coffee shops there because the food is nice and quite cheap.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2015, with the headline 'Eye on welfare of Malay-Muslims'. Print Edition | Subscribe