GE 2011: PAP's new candidates

He plans for wedding on top of the election

 

DESMOND CHOO PEY CHING, 33

OCCUPATION: Deputy director with NTUC's Youth Development Unit, executive secretary of the Union of Security Employees, and serves with the Singapore Port Workers Union.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: He was with the Singapore Police Force for 13 years in various roles including his last-held post as deputy commander of Clementi Police Division.

FAMILY: He will be marrying a civil servant, 29, in July. His uncle is former PAP MP Choo Wee Khiang, who resigned from office in 1999.

SPOTTED AT: Hougang How supportive has your fiancee been about wedding planning and your busy election schedule?

(She asked me)to choose between Europe and the United States for our honeymoon. I said Europe.

The next thing I knew, there was a full itinerary with the tickets booked. Of course, it was booked using my credit card.

Are you living with your bride-to-be? What are your views on cohabitation?

No, I am not. I have no particular views on cohabitation, but I personally believe in the institution of marriage.

You now live with your parents in a 4-room flat in Ang Mo Kio. Will you be buying your own place? How much did you pay for it? Do you think homes here are affordable?

We enjoy high homeownership in Singapore. Over 90 per cent of flat dwellers own their flats. These flats are an asset and must be allowed to appreciate over time in line with economic growth.

What is important is that first-time home buyers are given adequate assistance which the Government has done through providing homesat a discount and schemes such as the Special Housing Grant. Low-income first-time home buyers are also helped in this year's Budget.

Would you consider living with your parents and bride-to-be in the same flat?

Yes, of course. Marriage is a union between a man and woman, but it also brings together their respective families. In Singapore, family is important, especially for mutual support.

Being in a relationship requires compromises. How have you compromised in your relationship with the PAP?

The PAP's core principles gel with my own personal views, which is why I chose to join them. No system or policy is perfect. I chose to be a voice for the people and will work hard and contribute where I can.

You have been working the ground in Hougang. What are your plans there if you contest and lose to incumbent MP Low Thia Khiang?

(I'll be there) as long as it takes for me to put in place the schemes (to help the constituents). I will see it through.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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