Concerned about immigration issues

Wong Chee Wai , 44

Occupation: IT consultant

Family: Divorced, with one daughter, 11

Education: Master of Science in information studies from Nanyang Technological University; Bachelor of Science (Honours) in applied computing from Leeds Beckett University, Britain.

Hobbies: Photography

Why politics?

I want to be a voice for the people. I've listened to the people around me lamenting about the rising costs of living, and I don't feel they have been heard by the Government. I want to bring their sentiments, thoughts and feelings into Parliament, and have a debate on how to make Singaporeans' lives better.

Why you?

I am an only child in a single-parent family, and my mother had to take on two jobs to keep us going. Growing up, I've had meals consisting of just rice, egg and soya sauce. I know what the lower-income group in Singapore goes through, and I understand their issues well enough to help them.

What issues will you focus on?

I will focus on immigration policies, and the poor in Singapore. I felt the Government did not consult the people enough for the Population White Paper. The number - 6.9 million - seemed to have been forced down people's throats. I tutor some children from low-income families, and I talk to their parents as well, so I've been in touch with the ground. I can represent their concerns well in Parliament.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Any school in Singapore. Interacting with children makes me smile.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'Concerned about immigration issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe