Nine new nominated MPs to be appointed in 2.5-year term starting next Thursday

Some of these names include Olympic swimmer Mark Chay and National Youth Council member Shahira Abdullah.

Phoon Jia Hui

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Published: 14 January 2021, 6:41 PM

Nine new Nominated MPs (NMPs) will be appointed by President Halimah Yacob for a 2.5-year term starting next Thursday (Jan 21). 

They include Olympic swimmer Mark Chay, dental surgeon and National Youth Council member Shahira Abdullah, as well as National University of Singapore professor Koh Lian Pin. 

The others are Principal Technical Officer at SP Group Abdul Samad Abdul Wahab, Sistic chairman Janet Ang, GuocoLand group managing director Cheng Hsing Yao, Singapore Management University professor Hoon Hian Teck, and Singapore Medical Association president Tan Yia Swam.

All are first-time NMPs and their names were announced by Parliament on Thursday (Jan 14).

They were chosen from a total of 61 nominated candidates by a Special Select Committee of Parliament, chaired by Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin.

Mr Tan said in a statement that it was not “an easy task” to nominate the maximum of nine NMPs.

He said: “After careful deliberation, we have determined that the nine nominees have fulfilled all Constitutional criteria and are eligible for appointment. 

“Collectively, they also have creditable accomplishments in their individual fields and a good grasp of issues they are passionate about. I thus look forward to the rich diversity of insights and experiences they can bring to the House when we debate matters concerning Singapore and Singaporeans”.

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