8 new Nominated Members of Parliament to be appointed for 2.5-year term, 1 existing member to serve 2nd term

The President will deliver the Instruments of Appointment to the NMPs at the Istana on Jul 24.

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Published: 17 July 2023, 9:58 PM

Eight newcomers are poised to be appointed as Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) for a two-and-a-half year term, while current NMP Raj Joshua Thomas will serve a second term.

The eight individuals are consultant psychiatrist Dr Syed Harun Taha Alhabsyi, Singapore University of Social Sciences’ associate professor Razwana Begum Abdul Rahim, CEO of Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd Mark Lee Kean Phi, co-founder of Plural Art Mag Chandradas Usha Ranee, executive chairman of ABR Holdings Limited Chua Tiang Choon Keith, assistant vice president of Deutsche Bank AG Ong Hua Han, CEO of Pegasus Asia Parekh Nimil Rajnikant and director of NTUC-ARU See Jinli.

The nomination comes after the general public and functional groups were invited to submit names of persons for its consideration for appointment on Mar 16.

By the closing date, the Special Select Committee received a total of 30 proposal forms. Among them were 16 individual applications and 14 names submitted by functional groups.

Elected Members of Parliament were informed of the names of the persons proposed in April.  Their comments were also sought on the suitability of such persons for appointment as nominated Members of Parliament.

The Committee shared that it considered the views and comments submitted by other Members of Parliament before making its nomination.

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, former Speaker of Parliament and the Chairman of the Committee said that the nine nominees have “notable achievements in their respective domains and a strong understanding of the issues they are passionate about.”

“We are assured that they will enrich Parliamentary debates by bringing to the House a diversity of independent perspectives, views and insights.”

The President will deliver the Instruments of Appointment to the NMPs at the Istana on Jul 24. Subsequently, the NMPs will take their oath during the upcoming parliamentary session in August.

In another unrelated change to Parliament, Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin and MP Cheng Li Hui resigned over impropriety and personal misconduct on Jul 17.

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