Louis Ng

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Louis Ng
黄国光
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Nee Soon GRC
(Nee Soon East)
Assumed office
11 September 2015
Personal details
Born (1978-12-08) 8 December 1978 (age 40)
Singapore
NationalitySingapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party (2015)
Spouse(s)Amy Corrigan-Ng
Children3 daughters
Alma materNational University of Singapore
Oxford Brookes University
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionExecutive director, animal protection NGO

Louis Ng Kok Kwang (simplified Chinese: 黄国光; traditional Chinese: 黃國光; pinyin: Huáng Guó Guāng; born 8 December 1978[1]) is a Singaporean politician and founder of Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES). A member of the Singapore-based People's Action Party (PAP), he has been serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since September 2015.[2]

Education[edit]

Ng had his early education at St. Gabriel's Secondary School and Catholic Junior College.[1] He went on to complete his B.Sc. (Biology) degree in 2002 at the National University of Singapore.[1] He then proceeded to Oxford Brookes University and obtained his M.Sc. degree in Primate Conservation.[1]

Career[edit]

While still an undergraduate in 2001, Ng founded Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), an animal protection organisation aimed at fostering a spirit of volunteerism and working with the community to create much-needed awareness on animal protection issues.[3] Upon graduating from the National University of Singapore in 2002, began full-time work in ACRES, leading ACRES from a volunteer-run organisation to one with over 20 full-time staff and over S$1 million in 2014.[4]

Political career[edit]

On 26 August 2015, the People's Action Party (PAP) announced that Ng would be part of a five-member PAP team contesting in Nee Soon GRC in the 2015 general election.[5] Ng was elected into Parliament following the 2015 Singapore General Elections, when their five-member PAP team won and clinched 66.83% of the electorate's valid votes.[6]

Awards[edit]

  • In 2002, Ng received the HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental (Merit) Award.[1]
  • In 2007, Ng was presented with The Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award.[1]
  • On 5 August 2011, Ng received the Yahoo! Singapore 9 Award (NGO category) which recognises 9 influential and inspiring Singaporeans from the past year.[7]
  • On 30 August 2014, Ng was awarded Advocate of the Year at the inaugural Singapore Advocacy Awards.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Born to Robert Ng, a division manager in an equipment firm, and retired civil servant mother, Angela Quek, Ng has an elder sister.[9]

Ng's love of animals started when he was young. After school, he would go to Ang Mo Kio library and borrow books with animal themes. As he had wanted to be a vet, he volunteered with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the zoo. At 14, he gave up eating turtle soup, shark's fin and stingray, after watching TV shows about animals' protection. In 2000, he became a full vegetarian. His British wife Amy Corrigan and daughter Ella are also vegetarian.

When he set up the animal welfare group ACRES in 2001, his parents were worried about his future. His father "could not see a career in ACRES" as he was just drawing a monthly salary of $500. However, both were supportive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ng Kok Kwang, Louis" (PDF). Parliament of Singapore.
  2. ^ "Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang". Parliament of Singapore. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Louis Ng Kok Kwang CV_Final" (PDF). People's Action Party. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Organisation Profile - Animal Concerns Research and Education Society". Charity Portal. Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  5. ^ "GE2015: PAP introduces 2 new faces in Nee Soon GRC". Today. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Results". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ Tan, Jeanette (6 August 2011). "Yahoo! honours inaugural 'Singapore 9′ winners". Yahoo! News. Yahoo! Singapore. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  8. ^ "SAA 2014 Media Release". Singapore Advocacy Awards. The Working Committee 3. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  9. ^ Lee, Venessa (11 November 2014). "Raising an animal activist son: Acres founder Louis Ng and his family". Asiaone. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Patrick Tay
Member of Parliament for
Nee Soon GRC (Nee Soon East)

2015 – present
Incumbent