Interest in issues involving the old and the poor

Adrian Sim Tian Hock, 43

Occupation: Businessman

Family: Married with twin boys aged eight

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration from La Trobe University, Australia

Hobbies: Cycling regularly with a group of friends.

I also enjoy fishing, and sometimes my sons accompany me. I enjoy photography too. I find it amazing that things can look so differentwhen seen from another perspective.

Why politics?

I want to play a more active role in helping the less privileged and the elderly. I come from a low-income household.

I started selling newspapers and ondeh ondeh before I was 10, to lighten my parents' burden.

I've lived through such circumstances, and I understand how helpless the poor can feel.

I'm glad to have received support from people, such as my relatives.

Now that I'm a father, I want to be a role model to my children and help them understand that it is important to give back to society.

I want to create a more caring and compassionate Singapore for them.

Why you?

So that there will be more alternate voices in Parliament, that will help make policy formulation more balanced.

What issues will you focus on?

Easier, and more accessible assistance for the less privileged; financial support for the needy; and relooking the structure of the education system, in particular the Primary School Leaving Examination.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Hougang, because that is where home is.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'Interest in issues involving the old and the poor'. Print Edition | Subscribe