Eye on town councils' accounting policies

Singaporeans First candidates (from left) Chirag Desai, Wong Chee Wai, Tan Jee Say, Fahmi Rais and Melvyn Chiu.
Singaporeans First candidates (from left) Chirag Desai, Wong Chee Wai, Tan Jee Say, Fahmi Rais and Melvyn Chiu.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Chirag Desai, 38

Occupation: Risk manager at an international bank

Family: Single

Education: Master of Science in financial engineering from Columbia University; Bachelor of Science (Honours) in chemical engineering from the National University of Singapore

Hobbies: Volunteering and reading up on government policies in finance, social work and education

Why politics?

I joined SingFirst because I want to advocate their policies for a fair society, strong families and esteemed people. This will definitely make Singapore a much better place for all of us to live in.

Why you?

I hope to bring to the team my finance background in risk management and risk governance. For example, I want to examine accounting policies in town councils.

What issues will you focus on?

I want to create a more robust framework for town councils which includes more efficient accounting procedures. Town councils right now do not have a standardised governance framework, so I hope to come up with a format that will help Singaporeans understand town councils' money matters.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

East Coast Park. I'm a strong advocate of family time on weekends. All Singaporeans work long hours, trying to make ends meet, and I feel we have little time for our families. So I enjoy going to East Coast Park to see happy people spending time, picnicking and exercising with their families and friends.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'Eye on town councils' accounting policies'. Print Edition | Subscribe