Sun Xueling is no stranger to most of us, especially with how quickly she rose in the political sphere. After she decided to leave the finance industry, she made her political debut in the 2015 general election as part of a six-member PAP team contesting in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. She then became a Member of Parliament representing the Punggol Westward and, in 2018, the Senior Parliament Secretary at the Ministries of Home Affairs and National Development. In 2020, she was promoted to Minister of State, and is currently Minister of State for both Social and Family Development, and Education. In just five years, she had risen in the ranks.
But how did the 42-year-old become familiar with what the everyday person needs after years in the private sector? What made her want to go into politics? And as someone who actively advocates for levelling the playing field for women and protecting them from harm and violence, what does she think is the reason women here still aren’t getting the support we need?