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Kindness movement chief up for NMP post

The general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, Dr William Wan, is in the running for the post of Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).

SINGAPORE: The general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, Dr William Wan, is in the running for the post of Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).

He told Channel NewsAsia that his nomination papers were submitted on Wednesday.

Dr Wan has been fronting Singapore's kindness movement for the past three years.

The 67-year-old is also a winner of the Active Ager Award (Council of the Third Age) 2011.

Prior to taking on the role as general secretary of the Kindness Movement, he was practising law.

He said he would like to promote Singapore as a gracious society, champion the causes of ex-offenders and raise issues related to the elderly.

Dr Wan said: "Obviously a kind, a more gracious society is my passion. I'm also involved in trying to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society.

"So, believing in ex-offenders who have served their time, giving them a second chance - that to me is very important, because they are also citizens of our nation and they should be given another chance.

"I am also concerned about the ageing process and the number of people who are ageing. It's increasing. I myself am an aging person, I'm an active ager. So it is important for me to champion their needs, and also the fact that they can also continue to contribute to society."

Dr Wan is part of at least six new possible contenders for the NMP post.

A Special Select Committee will consider the nominations and then submit the names to President Tony Tan Keng Yam for appointment.

Eligible Singaporeans include those who have rendered distinguished public service, brought honour to the nation or have distinguished themselves in various fields or sectors.

The sectors include business, labour movement, social service, civic groups and sports.

The closing date for nomination is 20 May at 4.30pm.

The Singapore Constitution provides for the appointment of up to nine NMPs with the aim of ensuring a wider representation of community views in Parliament.

An NMP serves a term of two-and-a-half years and reappointment is allowed.

Of the current batch of nine NMPs, only two -- Mr R Dhinakaran and Associate Professor Eugene Tan -- are seeking reappointment.

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