Lunch with Sumiko: Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on politics, career and family

In a world of politics where remarks are often filtered, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo remains refreshingly frank

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo outside Two Chefs zi char eatery at Sin Ming Avenue. She is excited about upcoming developments in the area, including an MRT station and a community club.
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo outside Two Chefs zi char eatery at Sin Ming Avenue. She is excited about upcoming developments in the area, including an MRT station and a community club.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo outside Two Chefs zi char eatery at Sin Ming Avenue. She is excited about upcoming developments in the area, including an MRT station and a community club.
Mrs Teo spent the early part of her life living with her paternal grandmother, Madam Lam Yew Yin, as her policewoman mother worked shifts. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOSEPHINE TEO

It's a blistering 35 deg C sort of afternoon but Mrs Josephine Teo is looking as fresh as a daisy as she walks towards me.

She's wearing a crisp, white, sleeveless top paired with ankle-length blue trousers and silver slip-on sneakers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 08, 2019, with the headline 'Telling it as it is'. Print Edition | Subscribe