The candidates: Opposition

Empathy with working parents' struggles

Mr Bryan Long  is in the joint DPP-SPP team contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.
Mr Bryan Long is in the joint DPP-SPP team contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Bryan Long, 37

Occupation: Co-founder of tech start-up

Family: Married to a teacher, 39, with three children aged 20 months, seven and 11

Education: Master of Business Administration from University of Manchester

Hobbies: Going to the playground with hischildren and cycling

Why politics?

I was a scholarship holder in the civil service and RC vice-chairman in the grassroots. Both can impact policies in Singapore, but to a limited extent. To be in Parliament is the best way to make sure voices from the ground are heard.

Why you?

I empathise well with the struggles of working parents with young children. Whether it is bringing up children in a fast-paced society or starting a new business, I feel the pains felt by young working parents.

What issues will you focus on?

Encouraging our children to learn how to learn rather than be stressed to score distinctions at the PSLE, and encouraging our younger people to create new industries and businesses.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Changi Beach, I enjoy taking my family there to set up a tent and have a picnic.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2015, with the headline 'Empathy with working parents' struggles'. Print Edition | Subscribe