Choo Shaun Ming (Singapore Politician)

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Choo Shaun Ming
Choo Shaun Ming PSP.jpg
Born1997
EducationGCE Advanced Level
Alma materRaffles Institution (Junior College)

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Choo Shaun Ming (born 1997) is a Singaporean politician and a law undergraduate from the National University Singapore (NUS).[1][2] In June 2020, he was announced as a Progress Singapore Party (PSP) candidate for the 2020 General Elections and contested in Chua Chu Kang GRC.[3][4][5] Choo Shaun Ming is the youngest candidate in the 2020 Singapore General Elections.[6]

Background[edit | edit source]

Choo Shaun Ming has done pro bono work with the NUS Pro Bono office for migrant workers under the non-profit organisation, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2).[7][8]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Choo Shaun Ming says that he comes from an "ordinary Singaporean family".[9] His father worked in real estate before retiring and his mother teaches business and the Malay language at an international school. As such, he can also speak conversational Malay. Choo Shaun Ming has an older brother who is a lawyer.[10]

Education[edit | edit source]

Choo Shaun Ming was a student at Anglo-Chinese School (Junior).[11] He skipped a grade in primary school, which makes him one of the seven children who had been allowed to do so by the Ministry of Education (MOE) between 2000 to 2013.[12][13] He then attended Raffles Institution from 2010 to 2014 and subsequently Raffles Institution (Junior College).[14][15] In 2018, he furthered his studies as a law student at the National University of Singapore (NUS).[16][17]

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) - Involvement[edit | edit source]

Choo Shaun Ming (second from right) pictured walking the ground for GE2020. Photo from Facebook.

Choo Shaun Ming joined the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) in 2019, at the beginning of his third year in university. He began by distributing party materials such as tissue packets, before becoming more involved in the party’s activities by participating in walkabouts and meeting the residents.[18]

Politics[edit | edit source]

General Elections 2020 - Candidate (Chua Chu Kang GRC)[edit | edit source]

Choo Shaun Ming was introduced as a Progress Singapore Party (PSP) candidate on 23 June 2020.[19][20] According to the PSP website, he is concerned with matters involving Singapore's workforce such as job security and satisfaction.[21] When asked about his reason for joining politics, he reflected on how the current government policies have affected him and his peers. Even after taking on extra jobs and setting up their own businesses, many of his friends still struggle to afford their own housing.[22][23] He says:

“I felt the need to represent them, and to voice their concerns in Parliament,”[24]

In a one-minute interview with Today Online, Choo Shaun Ming was asked about what kind of Singapore he wants to see. His response is as such:

“Regardless of our race and our age, religion, you know that we have an equal playing field.”[25]

With 41.36 per cent of the votes, the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) team lost Chua Chu Kang GRC to the People's Action Party team led by Minister for Health, Gan Kim Yong.[26]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Vote Choo Shaun Ming for Chua Chu Kang”. Progress Singapore Party. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  2. Progress Singapore Party. “Get to Know PSP’s Candidates: Choo Shaun Ming”. YouTube. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  3. Vote Choo Shaun Ming for Chua Chu Kang”. Progress Singapore Party. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  4. Ong, Justin., Wong, Pei Ting. “GE2020: ‘You cannot solve the system from within’, says youngest candidate on why he joined PSP”. TODAYonline. July 6, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  5. Lam, Lydia. “GE2020: Chua Chu Kang GRC’s PAP team to face challenge from PSP”. Channel News Asia. July 7, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  6. AsiaOne. “GE2020: Choo Shaun Ming PSP’s youngest candidate”. YouTube. June 23, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  7. Anis Nabilah. “10 young candidates to look out for in Singapore’s GE2020”. Youth SG. July 1, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  8. Yee, Jonathan. “PSP’s New GE Candidates Include 23-Year-Old Whose 1st Job Will Be MP If He Wins”. Must Share News. June 23, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  9. Ong, Justin., Wong, Pei Ting. “GE2020: ‘You cannot solve the system from within’, says youngest candidate on why he joined PSP”. TODAYonline. July 6, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Wong, Pei Ting., Ong, Justin. “Progress Singapore Party to contest 8 constituencies; unveils 23-year-old law undergrad as candidate”. TODAYonline. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  12. Cheung, Rainer. “GE2020: NUS law undergraduate Choo Shaun Ming is PSP’s youngest candidate”. AsiaOne. June 24, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  13. Wong, Pei Ting., Ong, Justin. “Progress Singapore Party to contest 8 constituencies; unveils 23-year-old law undergrad as candidate”. TODAYonline. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  14. Chiang, Sheila. “GE 2020: Here’s A List Of Potential Candidates To Look Out For Ahead Of Nomination Day”. Vulcan Post. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  15. Choo Shaun Ming. “Education”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  16. Cheung, Rainer. “GE2020: NUS law undergraduate Choo Shaun Ming is PSP’s youngest candidate”. AsiaOne. June 24, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  17. Choo Shaun Ming. “Education”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  18. Ong, Justin., Wong, Pei Ting. “GE2020: ‘You cannot solve the system from within’, says youngest candidate on why he joined PSP”. TODAYonline. July 6, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  19. Wong, Pei Ting., Ong, Justin. “Progress Singapore Party to contest 8 constituencies; unveils 23-year-old law undergrad as candidate”. TODAYonline. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  20. Kok, Yufeng. “Singapore GE: PSP unveils six more candidates, scales back list of constituencies it intends to contest”. The Straits Times. June 23, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  21. "Choo Shaun Ming for Chua Chu Kang". Progress Singapore Party. Accessed on 14 July 2020.
  22. Cheung, Rainer. “GE2020: NUS law undergraduate Choo Shaun Ming is PSP’s youngest candidate”. AsiaOne. June 24, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  23. PSP’s 23-year-old candidate Choo Shaun Ming says age is just a number”. The Online Citizen. June 24, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  24. Cheung, Rainer. “GE2020: NUS law undergraduate Choo Shaun Ming is PSP’s youngest candidate”. AsiaOne. June 24, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  25. TODAYonline. “GE2020: 1 minute with PSP’s Choo Shaun Ming”. YouTube. July 4, 2020. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  26. "2020 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 14 July 2020.