The candidates: Workers’ Party

Hoping to help the less fortunate do better

WP candidate, Mr Kenneth Foo.

Kenneth Foo Seck Guan, 38

Occupation: Manager of public education at the Singapore Cancer Society

Family: Single

Education: Diploma in Business Studies, Temasek Polytechnic; Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Southern Queensland; Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology), University of Adelaide

Hobbies: Running, swimming and playing football. Exercises every week and runs about 10km to 12km each time.

Why politics?

I believe Singapore needs a credible and strong opposition and I think the WP provides that. I paid more attention to what the WP said in Parliament after the 1997 elections, and I realised that the party is not there to derail the Government. It is there to look at policies and how they can be improved.

Why you?

Working in a VWO (voluntary welfare organisation) gave me a lot of opportunities to work with the less fortunate. This knowledge is rather important for someone who is going into Parliament to make sense of how society is evolving.

What issues will you focus on?

I come from a middle- to low-income family. My family did not do well in the past, and we were heavily reliant on my father who was the sole breadwinner. He held two jobs - in the day and at night. I hope to look at the circumstances that low-income families face in our society today. I hope to help the lower income get out of the poverty cycle.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

The National Stadium. I like to run one round around Marina Barrage, to Marina Bay Sands, and then back to the National Stadium in the Sports Hub.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2015, with the headline 'Hoping to help the less fortunate do better'. Print Edition | Subscribe