The candidates: PAP

Adding diversity to team

Mr Louis Ng, one of the candidates for Nee Soon GRC at Nee Soon East PAP Branch.
Mr Louis Ng, one of the candidates for Nee Soon GRC at Nee Soon East PAP Branch.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Louis Ng, 37

Occupation: Chief executive of Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres).

Family: Married to a stay-at-home mum, 38, who also works part-time in Acres. They have a daughter, 18 months old.

Education: Bachelor of Science in biology from the National University of Singapore, Master of Science in primate conservation from Oxford Brookes University.

Hobbies: Jogging, reading, travelling and watching wildlife.

Why politics?

I'm not leaving the animal movement. In fact, I want to do more. Politics gives me the chance to bring the whole movement up another level.

I can catch pythons and monkeys, but I am also more than that. I want to be the bridge between the Government and the people, and engage and mobilise people for change.

Why you?

As an activist for the last 14 years, I've gained significant experience in how to engage, empower and mobilise people. I've walked the talk and I'd like to bring the experience into politics now. I also bring diversity to the team.

What issues will you focus on?

Animal welfare is a cause I will always champion, if elected. But I also want to encourage volunteerism , as well as promote the positive aspects of parenthood.

It's good that new measures like the increased Baby Bonus and extra paternity leave will be implemented. I want to see how we can go one step further to help support people who want children but are afraid they don't have time to look after them.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

West Coast Park. My daughter loves sitting on the swings there, you push her and she just laughs, it's one of the nicest sounds .

It's also important to have green areas near us so we can rest and relax, and not become this fast-paced city.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2015, with the headline 'Adding diversity to team'. Print Edition | Subscribe