Baey Yam Keng quits job to be full-time MP

Baey Yam Keng quits job to be full-time MP

SINGAPORE - When Mr Baey Yam Keng announced last week that he was quitting his job to become a full-time MP, he was joining three others who have committed to doing the same since the last general election.

They are Ms Foo Mee Har, Ms Tin Pei Ling and Mr Chen Show Mao.

Mr Baey left his post as managing director of public relations company Hill and Knowlton on Dec 1. He remains with the firm as a senior adviser, with reduced working hours.

The only full-time MP in this batch who has served more than one term, Mr Baey said his decision was motivated by his constituents' changing needs.

When he first started out as an MP in 2006, he saw more low-income families and jobless folk who could be helped easily.

Now, the MP for Tampines GRC sees more complicated cases that require him to intervene more and to persuade the authorities. These include families from the sandwiched middle-class who need financial aid but do not qualify for subsidies, and Singaporeans who marry foreigners and have problems obtaining long-term visit passes for their spouses.

With the use of social media on the rise, the number of avenues for residents to contact him has also increased. He has noticed an uptick in feedback.

"Now, there are a lot more avenues for residents to raise issues and I have to act more promptly in responding," he said.

As for Ms Foo, from next year, she will cease to be Standard Chartered's global head of priority and international banking.

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