Opportunity to make a difference motivates him
The Branch Secretary of Sengkang West, Comrade Sonny Wee, has served the community since 2005. What motivates him is knowing that the little things he does at the grassroots will eventually make a difference in someone’s life. He is heartened by the warm thanks that greet the volunteers – even when they cannot fully help the residents with all their issues. “It’s gratifying to know that the residents appreciate a listening ear and understand that their problems are sometimes beyond the control of us, the volunteers.”
In his late thirties, Comrade Wee has been actively involved in various grassroots’ roles too. Besides meeting residents who come to their Members of Parliament for assistance at the Meet-the-People Sessions, he also helps conduct household visits to better understand the ground sentiments. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Central District, he helped to organise the Central District Quarterly meeting to communicate and share best practices.
In addition, he holds key appointments in various fund-raising committees. This year, he was involved in the Lee Hsien Loong Cup Charity Golf as the Vice-Chairman of the organising committee and to raise about 1.4 million dollars for the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) & Community Development Welfare Fund (CDWF) of the Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC.
As a senior grassroots leader, the married father of two young boys, said his priority is to understand the concerns of young Singaporean adults and to engage the government through feedback to help shape policies. As the Vice-Chairman of the 6th PAP Policy Forum (PPF) Council since 2014, he noted that issues concerning young adults included career choice and advancement, housing, marriage, housing, parenthood and work-life balance. These hot issues were surfaced at a PPF dialogue session held earlier this year.
He said that the Advisor to PPF and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong who attended the session, shared with them that PPF members’ feedback could help shape future policies, which would impact young Singaporean adults, aged between 18 and 35 years. “There is plenty of scope for youth participation,” agreed Comrade Wee and he is convinced that younger activists should have more in-depth understanding of various government policies and provide feedback to better serve our people and the country.