SINGAPORE: The Special Select Committee responsible for the appointment of Nominated Members of Parliament announced on Monday (Sep 17) its nine nominations to fill the vacancies in Parliament.
The nine people proposed to President Halimah Yacob are:
According to the press release by the Office of the Clerk of Parliament, a total of 48 proposals were received by closing time on Jul 6.
Speaker of Parliament and chairman of the committee Tan Chuan-Jin said in the release the committee is "confident that these passionate and committed individuals will ably represent the views within and across their communities, thus expanding and deepening perspectives shared at Parliamentary debates”.
Leader of the House and committee member Grace Fu added that the nine come with "good credentials in their respective fields and have keen interest in a broad range of issues".
"As a group, they add to the diversity of expertise and experience in the House," Ms Fu, who is also Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, said.
"Among them, we will have a pharmacist, a para-athlete, a leader of the traditional arts sector and an activist for inter-religious harmony. Two of the NMPs are below the age of 30, and I am sure they will enrich debate by bringing the voices of the youth to the House.
"The Government looks forward to working with the NMPs for the betterment of Singapore, and the lives of Singaporeans.”
President Halimah will present the Instruments of Appointment to the NMPs at the Istana on Sep 26, and the nine will take their oath at the next sitting of Parliament, the release said.