Family, youth issues deserve attention

Rahayu Mahzam,35
Rahayu Mahzam,35

Rahayu Mahzam, 35

Occupation: Partner at law firm Heng, Leong & Srinivasan, specialising in civil litigation and family law.

Family: Married to a 38-year-old legal officer in the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Education: Bachelor of Laws from National University of Singapore.

Hobbies: Jogging, cycling, reading and watching movies.

Why politics?

Politics provides a broader reach and changes can be made on a larger scale. If elected, I can help a bigger segment of the community, supported by a party that has the mechanism in place and with a history of a very strong track record, I would be able to reach out more and do more.

Why you?

The party looks for such basic values as honesty and integrity. I believe I have those values. At the end of the day, it is about the willingness to serve and the willingness to look beyond yourself and see what you can give back to the community. Those are things my parents had instilled in me since I was young.

What issues will you focus on?

Families are the building blocks of the community. It's important to pay attention to this. Also, youth, as they are the next generation, it is important to give greater focus to their development.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

The area between Boat Quay and Esplanade, where I used to run in the evenings after work. I would get a great feeling seeing the place light up.The city lighting up as dusk falls is always a reflection of how much we have progressed and a reminder of what a great city state Singapore is.

Wong Siew Ying

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2015, with the headline 'Family, youth issues deserve attention'. Print Edition | Subscribe