Finding the best way forward where no man is left behind

Ng Chee Meng, 47
Ng Chee Meng, 47

Ng Chee Meng, 47

Occupation: Former Chief of Defence Force

Family: Married with two daughters

Education: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, Master of Arts degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Hobbies: Reading, sports, spending time with the family, going for walks and cycling. Also a big football fan.

Why politics?

When Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away, I had the opportunity and the privilege to see how Singaporeans came together, united as one people, to thank Mr Lee for his years of contributions to Singapore. That unity is derived from good leadership and good politics. So when I was asked to consider joining politics, it was about how to continue this overarching framework of unity that gave Singapore our success.

Why you?

I've always believed in working with people to bring the best ideas and different perspectives together to find the best way forward. This is needed especially given Singapore's development in a very complex world today.

What issues will you focus on?

Social mobility. I grew up in an average Singaporean family with four brothers. My parents showed me the value and the importance of hard work. Our meritocratic system afforded me the opportunities. I see social mobility as a key enabler to afford our children, and their children, a chance to aim for a brighter future. I would like to see that we are more inclusive and we leave no man behind.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Home. After a long day's work, I go home to my family to enjoy their warmth, their care and their love.

Jermyn Chow

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 23, 2015, with the headline 'Finding the best way forward where no man is left behind'. Print Edition | Subscribe