Yee Chia Hsing, 44

'I hope to encourage more to volunteer'

The People's Action Party team for Chua Chu Kang Group Representative Constituency will consist Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Ms Low Yen Ling and new face Yee Chia Hsing.
The People's Action Party team for Chua Chu Kang Group Representative Constituency will consist Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Ms Low Yen Ling and new face Yee Chia Hsing. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Occupation: Head of Catalist at CIMB Bank Singapore

Family: His wife, 42, is in the hotel management industry. They have a son, 12, and a daughter, 13.

Education: Bachelor's degree in accountancy from Nanyang Technological University

Hobbies: Walking, cycling

Why politics?

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Coming from the private sector, I bring a different perspective, and I believe that diversity of opinion is important.

MR YEE CHIA HSING

I believe that Singapore has managed to be competitive because we have a strong government with a strong mandate from the people. This allows the Government to plan long-term, 15, 20 years ahead.

(If) I were an MP and adviser to the grassroots, I would be in a better position to suggest new initiatives.

Why you?

Coming from the private sector, I bring a different perspective, and I believe that diversity of opinion is important.

I hope to bring this to the table during the decision-making process. For example, day to day, I meet many SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), (and) I hear their concerns about the slowing economy.

And I've been volunteering for many years. I think the sincerity will come across.

I think my track record stands out and speaks for itself.

What issues will you focus on?

At a local level, I want to ensure that the various neighbourhood renewal programmes going on in Nanyang are carried out smoothly and with minimal inconvenience to our residents.

At a broader level, I hope to encourage more people to volunteer, not only at the grassroots but in voluntary welfare organisations as well.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Marina Barrage. I go there with my family and fly kites with my children. We have a lot of fun, and it's family bonding time.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2015, with the headline ''I hope to encourage more to volunteer''. Print Edition | Subscribe