Lunch With Sumiko: I do it as long as it's the right thing to do, says Shanmugam

He's always loved dogs, says Mr Shanmugam, and he had them before he became a minister. He currently has four rescue dogs including Eligh (on his lap) and Samson (next to him). Mr K. Shanmugam took a big pay cut when he moved from the private sector
Mr K. Shanmugam took a big pay cut when he moved from the private sector where he was a top lawyer to become a minister, but it's all been meaningful, he says.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
He's always loved dogs, says Mr Shanmugam, and he had them before he became a minister. He currently has four rescue dogs including Eligh (on his lap) and Samson (next to him). Mr K. Shanmugam took a big pay cut when he moved from the private sector
He's always loved dogs, says Mr Shanmugam, and he had them before he became a minister. He currently has four rescue dogs including Eligh (on his lap) and Samson (next to him). PHOTO: COURTESY OF K. SHANMUGAM

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam isn't one to shy away from tackling the hard issues of politics and policies.

Lunch with Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam is initially set to be at a coffee shop in his Chong Pang ward in Yishun.

But on the morning of our meeting, his people call with a change in plans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 16, 2019, with the headline ' 'I do it as long as it's the right thing to do''. Print Edition | Subscribe