MP Tin Pei Ling expecting first baby

MP Tin Pei Ling expecting first baby
Marine Parade GRC MP Tin Pei Ling.

SINGAPORE - Marine Parade GRC MP Tin Pei Ling is expecting her first child, and the Jubilee baby is due around National Day.

Ms Tin, who is the youngest MP at 31, announced that she is four months' pregnant on her Facebook page yesterday.

"I am excited and a bit nervous, given that it is a whole new experience for me," she wrote. "As I get ready for this new phase of my life, I will continue to keep up with my parliamentary duties and constituency work for as long as I am able to do so.

"Looking forward to meeting the little one. Hope to have your blessings too!"

Ms Tin, who entered politics in 2011, told The Sunday Times that she is due to deliver in early August. She declined to say if she is expecting a boy or a girl, but said she decided to break the news after several inquiries.

She had said in recent interviews that she hoped to start a family soon with her husband, Ministry of Law Permanent Secretary Ng How Yue.

Yesterday, fellow Marine Parade GRC MP Seah Kian Peng said: "All of us are delighted. Singapore needs as many babies, Jubilee or otherwise, as we can get.

"We told her she need not worry, and all of us will cover her constituency duties and residents' matters before and after her delivery."

Dozens of netizens congratulated Ms Tin online yesterday.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean also sent greetings. DPM Teo wrote on her Facebook page: "Take care and have a healthy happy SG50 baby!"

Ms Tin will be the third MP to give birth while in office, after Ms Sim Ann and Ms Lee Li Lian.

Ms Sim congratulated Ms Tin and Mr Ng on Facebook, saying she was very happy for them.

Ms Tin said: "I've always been holding other people's babies. Now, I'm looking forward to holding my own baby. It'll be a very different feeling."

Asked if she plans to have more than one child, she replied: "We'll let nature take its course... I'm not ruling it out."

This article was first published on February 22, 2015.
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