At least 20 applications submitted for NMP

Jeanette Tan

At least 20 applications have been submitted for the nine available Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) positions, reported Channel NewsAsia (CNA).

The broadcaster reported that at the close of applications at 4:30pm on Thursday, several organisations had put forward candidates, including the People’s Association (PA), the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Singapore’s Academy of Medicine (AMS).

The two candidates from PA are grassroots leader Sarjit Singh and heart surgeon Dr Tan Yong Seng.

Singh is a member of the Central Singapore Community Development Council, while Dr Tan chairs the PA’s Active Ageing Council and also is the vice-chair of the Whampoa Citizens Consultative Committee.

Singh told CNA that he plans to focus on the elderly and middle-income group, and help them alleviate the pressures of daily living.

Dr Tan told the broadcaster he will voice concerns relating to eldercare and Singapore’s senior citizens.

The NCSS and AMS would not reveal who their candidates were, although they told CNA that they had submitted five names and one name respectively.

Today also reported on Thursday that the Nature Society of Singapore nominated a representative, Faizah Jamal, while other applicants stand as independent candidates.

Fencing Singapore president Nicholas Fang, musician Michelle Poh and actress Janice Koh, who submitted their names as well, have previously stated their intention to stand for the position.

Other independent candidates who have submitted their names for the NMP position, according to local media, include:
•    Human resource practitioner Martin Gabriel
•    Real estate investment banker Roy Ling
•    UNIFEM Singapore former president Saleemah Ismail
•    DBS managing director and group head of wealth management Tan Shu Shan
•    Unionist Mary Liew
•    Association of Small and Medium Enterprises vice-president Kurt Wee
•    NUS associate professor in sociology Pauline Straughan, who applied for a second term