“I believe there is a space for young Singaporeans to participate in our politics to bring a viewpoint that would otherwise not be represented in parliament,” said one of Progress Singapore Party’s younger members, 23-year-old law student Choo Shaun Ming.
In a press conference on Tuesday (23 June), Mr Choo, who will be contesting in next month’s general election, said he does not think that his age is a disadvantage to him as older Singaporeans are just as concerned about their children’s future.
“Dr Tan Cheng Bock has proven that age is just a number. If he can do it at his age, I believe I have something to contribute,” said the young politician.
He elaborated, “I hope to represent all Singaporeans because the challenges that we face as a nation as felt as the young as much as the old,” adding that he hopes other young people will see themselves represented and know that their voices are being heard.
Mr Choo later added that the reason he chose to enter politics at this young age was that the Government policies in place right now are already affecting him and his peers, giving the example of friends who are struggling to afford a house and challenges with the rising cost of living.
On the question whether he would continue his education should he prove successful in the polls, he confidently commented that he thinks he would be able to manage both his political career and education. He explained that the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he is enrolled, is understanding of his situation.
The other five candidate who were introduced at the press conference all gushed about Mr Choo, noting that while they were initially surprised that such a young person was entering the fray, they were quickly impressed by his willingness to learn.
Ms Kayla Low, another GE candidate for the PSP, noted that Mr Choo has become the party’s line to youth concerns, making him a good representative for young Singaporeans.