Left: Lai Su Lyn | Right: Justin Wong Yu Quan
With ever-rising energy demands, harnessing and maintaining sustainable and affordable energy has always been one of Singapore’s core priorities. Two young talents are getting ready to sweep into the scene with their relentless focus and passion to make a difference.
By Becky Lo
There are two types of people in politics: those who want to be somebody great and those who want to do something great. 19-year-old Lai Su Lyn certainly hopes to be both, albeit in the energy sector. Her enormous intelligence is surpassed only by her compassion and commitment to better society.
When Su Lyn was in secondary school, she did a short tutoring stint at Beyond Social Services, an organisation that helps young delinquents and dysfunctional families. That experience opened her eyes to the harsh reality of life and her heart to the less fortunate. It was there and then that she decided to devote her life to serving the public.
“My parents have always taught me that it’s important to give back to the country, especially for the education that I’ve received,” explains Su Lyn with a sweet, shy smile.
“Everything in the world is affected by the actions of governments, so I want to be part of it because I care about what happens to the people.”
The Winds of Change
Spurred by this passion, Su Lyn decided to join the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the body that oversees the regulatory aspects of the energy market and forges a progressive energy landscape for sustained growth in Singapore.