Political service an extension of doctor's job

Tan Wu Meng,40
Tan Wu Meng,40

Tan Wu Meng, 40

Occupation: Oncologist

Family: Married to an infectious disease doctor, 43. They have a daughter, three.

Education: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from England's Cambridge University, Master of Medicine from the National University of Singapore and a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge University.

Hobbies: Reading and cooking, especially chicken rice for his family.

Why politics?

As a doctor, you get to touch one life at a time. That's important. But in politics, you bring additional ideas and have the chance to shape the discourse on a larger scale.

Why you?

I've realised that helping a patient is not just about medication, technology or facilities, but about understanding his hopes and fears, what's happening in his family.

I see political service as an extension of what I do as a doctor.

I write occasionally to the media and online sites about current affairs or an issue a patient shared with me.

Politics would help me voice these concerns on a larger platform.

What issues will you focus on?

Further integrating hospital and medical care in the community, for residents to get better access to healthcare near their homes.

If elected, I'd like to find a way to integrate GPs and polyclinic doctors in the area, and make them and residents alike feel they are part of one big kampung.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Gardens by the Bay. It's a unique complement to the Botanic Gardens and a work of wonder, much like Singapore.

Rachel Au-Yong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2015, with the headline 'Political service an extension of doctor's job'. Print Edition | Subscribe