Wish to uplift Malays

Damanhuri Abas, 45

Occupation: Freelance education consultant

Family: Married with five children, aged six to 17

Education: Bachelor in Architecture from National University of Singapore; Diploma in Teaching and Training; Diploma in Counselling

Hobbies: Reading, travelling, experiencing the great outdoors, and spending time with family

Why politics?

I joined the SDP because it is the only party that has concretely spelt out a stand on Malay/Muslim community issues that I can identify with.

Why you?

I've been very active in the Malay community for more than 20 years. I've served in mosques for 10 years. So I know the feeling among the community, with regard to issues close to our hearts. I believe if our team gets elected, that we together - and myself in particular - will be able to express the desires of the Malay/Muslim community to improve our living conditions, as well as that of the Singapore community at large.

What issues will you focus on?

As a Malay/Muslim, I am perturbed about the institutionalisation of discrimination in Singapore. For example, many Malays feel they are not being trusted in the armed forces. It is also easy to notice the lack of Malay students in Special Assistance Plan schools. I want to ensure that such inequalities can be addressed.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

East Coast Park, where I can relax with my family.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'Wish to uplift Malays'. Print Edition | Subscribe