INCUMBENT NMP PROF EUGENE TAN FAILS IN NEW NMP BID

The Clerk of Parliament issued a statement today (11 Aug) that 9 new Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) have been appointed.

The term of service of the previous 9 NMPs expired on 8 August 2014 after their 2.5 year term.

On 15 Apr this year, the Special Select Committee invited the general public and functional groups to submit names of persons for its consideration for appointment as NMPs. Submissions closed on 20 May 2014 and a total of 36 applications were received.

One of the 36 applicants was the incumbent Prof Eugene Tan. He actually wanted to serve for another term as NMP to help Singaporeans. He was the first MP who said that immigration is the ‘mother of all issues’ in Singapore. He also caught the Parliament on a few occasions trying to pass bills without the minimum quorum.

Another applicant was blogger Roy Ngerng, who is currently being sued by PM Lee for defamation, due to one of his blog posts. Thanks to Roy and PM’s lawsuit, the CPF issue is fast becoming the ‘father of all issues’ in Singapore.

Both applicants, unfortunately, have not been selected by the Special Select Committee.

Instead, the following 9 candidates were selected for appointment as NMPs:

1) Ms Chia Yong Yong, President, Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD)
President of the SPD since 2008, Ms Chia helped expand the organisation’s number of satellite centres to serve the disabled, and launched various programmes to help people with disabilities to integrate with the community.

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2) Mr Thomas Chua, President, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mr Chua is also Vice-President of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012.

3) Mr K Karthikeyan, Vice-President, National Trades Union Congress
His interests are in promoting workplace safety and health, and workers’ skills upgrading. He has been a member of the National Wages Council and the Public Transport Council.

4) Ms Kuik Shiao-Yin, Co-Founder and Director, The Thought Collective
Her interest is in working with youths, and she is a Board Member of *SCAPE Youth Talent and Leadership Development.

5) Mr Mohd Ismail Hussein, Director, Association of Muslim Professionals
Mr Mohd Ismail is active in the area of corporate social responsibility, focusing on the disadvantaged and youth-at-risk.

6) Ms Rita Soh Siow Lan, President, Singapore Board of Architects
Ms Soh was also previously President of the Singapore Institute of Architects and, in that capacity, worked with the Urban Redevelopment Authority to review policies on conservation, urban design and development control.

7) Dr Benedict Tan, Chief and Senior Consultant, Changi Sports Medicine Centre, Changi General Hospital
The former national sailor, who won gold medals in the 1994 Asian Games and SEA Games, was also the recipient of the National Youth Council’s Singapore Youth Award and the Public Service Star.

8) Associate Prof Randolph Tan Gee Kwang, Deputy Director, Centre for Applied Research at SIM University
Assoc Prof Tan has published many academic titles and taught on the subjects of statistics, econometrics and applied economics. His research work includes labour and housing matters.

9) Prof Tan Tai Yong, Vice Provost (Student Life), National University of Singapore
Prof Tan is the founding Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, and also the Honorary Chairman of the National Museum of Singapore. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2009.

Mdm Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Committee said, “We looked for eligible candidates who had distinguished themselves through their contributions to society or in their respective fields, and who could bring their specialised knowledge to add to the depth and breadth of the debates in Parliament. The Committee also took into consideration the candidates’ ability to contribute alternative ideas and fresh perspectives as this will help Singapore navigate challenges in the years ahead.”

Dr Ng Eng Hen, Leader of the House, Minister of Defence and a member of the Committee said, “We had many high quality candidates to choose from and the Committee had a difficult task to nominate only a maximum of 9 NMPs. In addition to the qualities enumerated by the Speaker, we also looked for new NMPs who could add to the discussions of issues facing Singapore in this term.”

“These included, among others, issues related to ageing, economic restructuring and productivity, sporting excellence, a better living environment, retention of our heritage and appreciation of Singapore’s history, challenges of working mothers, aspirations of the youth and the entrepreneurial spirit. We believe that the new NMPs will help Singapore deal with these challenges,” Dr Ng added.

President Tony Tan will be presenting the Instruments of Appointment to the NMPs at the Istana on Tuesday, 26 August 2014. The NMPs’ term will commence on 26 August 2014. The NMPs will take their oath at the next sitting of Parliament on Monday, 8 September 2014.

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