Ready to tackle '24-hour issues'

Fahmi Rais, 48

Occupation: Communication and media consultant

Family: Married to a 39-year-old housewife; they have four children, aged between six and 19.


Education: Master's in mass communication from Griffith University in Australia; Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of London.

Hobbies: I spend most of my spare time attending and giving courses in personal branding, body language and networking.

Why politics?

I have been involved for 26 years in community service, with such organisations as Malay-Muslim self-help group Mendaki and National Youth Council.

I've noticed that some problems cannot be solved at the ground level. It takes political will to change policies in order to help more people and change things for the better.

Why you?

I've been on the ground, and I'd like to see myself as someone who is connected to the people.

I want to step forward, and I feel the time is right.

What issues will you focus on?

I will focus on the issues Singaporeans face in a 24-hour timeframe - from the time they wake up until they are back at home with their families and going to sleep. The issues include bills, transport and work challenges.

So long as these 24-hour issues are addressed, we will have a very happy Singapore.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

None. I've lost my favourite places: the former National Library and Van Kleef Aquarium.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'Ready to tackle '24-hour issues''. Print Edition | Subscribe