9 NMPs chosen including ex-national swimmer Mark Chay and academic Hoon Hian Teck

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Singapore's Parliament House. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
Singapore's Parliament House. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Nine new Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) will be appointed by President Halimah Yacob for a two-and-a-half-year term starting next Thursday (21 January).

All of them are first-time NMPs, including former national swimmer Mark Chay, labour union representative Abdul Samad Abdul Wahab and academic Prof Hoon Hian Teck.

Their names were announced by the Office of the Clerk of Parliament in a press release on Thursday. They are:

  • SP Group principal technical officer Abdul Samad Abdul Wahab

  • SISTIC chairman Janet Ang

  • Global Esports Federation secretariat director Mark Chay

  • Guocoland group managing director Cheng Hsing Yao

  • Singapore Management University school of economics dean Prof Hoon Hian Teck

  • National University of Singapore conservation scientist Prof Koh Lian Pin

  • Lawyer Raj Joshua Thomas

  • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital orthodontic registrar Dr Shahira Abdullah

  • Thomson Breast Centre surgeon Dr Tan Yia Swam

The NMPs will take their oath at the next sitting of Parliament in February.

A total of 61 proposal forms were received by the Special Select Committee, chaired by Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, for the nominations of the NMPs.

Tan said, “With many high-calibre candidates stepping forward for consideration, it was not an easy task for the Select Committee to nominate the maximum of nine NMPs.

“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.”

Indranee Rajah, Leader of the House and member of the committee, said that the nine had distinguished themselves through their contributions to society or in their respective fields, and “whose specialised knowledge will add to the depth and breadth of the debates in Parliament”.

"I look forward to the fresh perspectives and ideas the new NMPs will bring to Parliament as we work to help Singapore navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge stronger," she added.

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