In the first half of this term of Parliament, Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng has been one of the most outspoken new MPs. He shared that his speeches were based on the feedback and concerns from residents. “As an MP, I shouldn’t just talk about what I’m passionate about. It’s ultimately what people are passionate about.”
For example, at one of his monthly dialogue sessions, an auto-immune disease support group told him about their experiences and that moved him to file a recommendation on their behalf in this year’s Budget.
In an interview with TODAY, Mr Ng, 39, said that the greatest challenge he faces is trying to balance his time for his family and for his work as an MP, town council chairman and chief executive of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres).
“I think these eye bags are permanent now,” he said. “But again, I think I’ve enjoyed the experience. I enjoy being an MP. I make sure I find this balance so I don’t miss out on the childhood of my three daughters.”
And even though his comments on public servants’ fear of speaking up were rebutted by Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ke Yung last month, he said he took the criticism in his stride.
After Parliament reconvenes next month, Mr Ng said that he will file a Private Members’ Bill to propose amendments to the Wild Animals and Birds Act.