SINGAPORE: Nine New Appointed Members of Parliament (NMP) will be appointed by President Halimah Yacob for a two-and-a-half-year term starting on January 21.
They include union representative Abdul Samad Abdul Wahab, former national swimmer Mark Chay and conservation scientist Professor Koh Lian Pin.
The names were announced by the Office of the Clerk of Parliament in a press release on Thursday, January 14.
All nine are first time NMPs. They are:
- Senior Technical Manager of the SP Group Mr. Abdul Samad Abdul Wahab
- President of SISTIC Ms. Janet Ang
- Director of the Global Esports Federation Secretariat Mr. Mark Chay
- General Manager of Guocoland Group Mr. Cheng Hsing Yao
- Singapore University of Management School of Economics, Dean, Professor Hoon Hian Teck
- Professor Koh Lian Pin, Conservation Scientist at the National University of Singapore
- Lawyer Mr. Joshua Thomas Raj
- Registrar of Orthodontics at Khoo Teck Puat Dr Shahira Abdullah Hospital
- Dr Tan Yia Swam, Thomson Breast Center surgeon
A total of 61 proposal forms were received by Parliament for NMP nominations.
They were then reviewed by a special committee of deputies chaired by Parliament Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin.
The eight-member committee includes Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Ms. Gan Siow Huang, Ms. Indranee Rajah, Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman, Mr. Leon Perera and Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan.
MAXIMUM OF 9 NMPS
The NMP program was introduced in 1990 to ensure broad representation of community views in Parliament. Up to nine PMNs can be appointed in each Parliament.
“With many high caliber candidates coming forward for consideration, it was not an easy task for the Select Committee to nominate up to nine NPMs,” said Mr Tan.
“After careful consideration, we have determined that the nine nominees have met all the constitutional criteria and are eligible for nomination. Collectively, they also have honorable accomplishments in their respective fields and a good understanding of the issues that they are passionate about,” he said. -he adds.
“I therefore look forward to the rich diversity of ideas and experiences they can bring to the House when we debate issues relating to Singapore and Singaporeans.”
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Ms Indranee, who is also House leader, said the nine stood out for their contributions to society or in their respective fields, adding that their specialist knowledge “would add to the depth and breadth of debates in Parliament. “.
“I look forward to the new perspectives and ideas that the new NPMs will bring to Parliament as we work to help Singapore navigate and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger,” Ms. Indranee said.
The nine elected will be sworn in at the next sitting of Parliament in February.