'To ensure others have the opportunities I had'

PAP candidates for Sembawang GRC (from left) Vikram Nair, Khaw Boon Wan, Lim Wee Kiak, Amrin Amin and Ong Ye Kung chatting with a resident at Sembawang's Swami Home for the elderly needy after Mr Khaw unveiled the party's new slate for the GRC. Mr Am
PAP candidates for Sembawang GRC (from left) Vikram Nair, Khaw Boon Wan, Lim Wee Kiak, Amrin Amin and Ong Ye Kung chatting with a resident at Sembawang's Swami Home for the elderly needy after Mr Khaw unveiled the party's new slate for the GRC. Mr Amrin is a newcomer while Mr Ong was part of the losing Aljunied GRC team in 2011.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Amrin Amin
Amrin Amin

Amrin Amin, 36

Occupation: Corporate lawyer at Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP

Family: Single. He is the second of four siblings.

Education: Bachelor of Laws from National University of Singapore and Master of Laws from Columbia Law School

Hobbies: Movies, reading autobiographies and collecting newspapers during milestone events

Why politics?

It's very important that we keep this exceptional system going. I've been given lots of opportunities to develop myself and it is a result of deliberate policy to develop our people. It's important that people who have benefited from the system step forward to play their part in making the system better.

When someone asks you, "Can you serve?", it is difficult not to. As a grassroots volunteer and having met many residents, I am very, very impressed and humbled by people who have very limited means but give so much of themselves.

When you have received so much and you meet people of limited means who have gone out to serve, you wonder: How can you say "Oh, sorry, someone else should do it?" You have to step up and do it.

Why you?

Because I am willing to serve and I would like to help.

I'm willing to listen, and I hope to make a difference and hope to improve the lives of residents, of Singaporeans.

What issues will you focus on?

Social mobility.

We see social mobility slowing in many parts of the world, Singapore included.

We have a system that has enabled me to have so many opportunities and I'd like to be a part in making sure that the future generations have the same - if not better - opportunities.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Changi Airport. Other than the fact that it's air-conditioned, it also has a very nice feel to it.

People returning to Singapore and people leaving, there's this celebratory atmosphere.

There's a lot of sentimental value because when I was young, I used to study a lot there.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2015, with the headline ''To ensure others have the opportunities I had''. Print Edition | Subscribe