Jaslyn Go Hui Leng, 43
Occupation: Sales director in a construction firm she started with her husband
Family: Married with two children - a 10-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son
Education: Certificate in early childhood education from MMI International; diploma in sales and marketing from Thames Business School
Hobbies: Doing activities with her children
What drew me to SDP back then (in 2007) was because they were speaking on the rising cost of living in Singapore, which was something I felt very strongly about as a new mother. I worry for my children - how are they going to afford an HDB flat and pay for a decent house? They will have to compete not just for a place in school with non-Singaporeans, but also for job opportunities. These were my concerns back then, and the SDP was speaking up on these issues. That drew me to the party.
Mine is a rough-and-tumble story. At the age of 12, I started working to earn my own keep. During the school holidays, I would travel all the way from where I lived in Bukit Merah to Paya Lebar just to make $5 a day at a garment factory. This $5 a day actually helped me through school, to buy books, pay for my school fees...
For my generation, we are still able to make it without the paper chase. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the younger generation as there is an overemphasis on paper qualifications. In addition, we now have to compete with non-Singaporeans for a place in school and at work. We need to amend our immigration policy.
What issues will you focus on?
As a mother of two, I feel very, very strongly about our education policies. Day in, day out, I witness children, not just my own, but my neighbours' children and my kids' classmates, and parents, sharing the same experience.
The education system in Singapore is really very stressful.
I want our kids to grow up in an environment where they enjoy the process of learning.
Favourite spot in Singapore?
The Venezio condominium, a little kampung I call home, where neighbours are like family.