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More NMP application papers filed

Applications for the posts of Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) have closed. The names will now go before a Special Select Committee -- and then to the President for appointment. 

SINGAPORE: The deadline for applications to become Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) has passed. It closed at 4.30pm today (May 20).

Among those who submitted documents on Tuesday was the president of the Society for the Physically Disabled, Chia Yong Yong.

If selected, she hopes to ensure people with disabilities and the social service sector are represented in nation building.

Ms Chia said: "My greatest concern would be that I should adequately represent the social service sector in the wider context of the larger community of Singapore and not as an isolated self-interest lobby.

"To do that, we need to be able to communicate the needs and aspirations of the sector, and of persons with disabilities, in a manner that helps lawmakers and policymakers be able to appreciate more, and understand more, the challenges and the aspirations of persons with disabilities."

International Property Advisor's Ku Swee Yong also submitted his application on Tuesday.

He hopes to use his expertise in real estate to spur discussions on the role of public housing.

Mr Ku also wants to contribute ideas on how Singapore can address financial care for the elderly.

He said: "I would like to contribute some points about how Singapore might be the retirement home for all Singaporeans, so that by the time we reach 60, 65, we do not have to count our every last penny to decide whether we can afford to actually retire here in the last days of our lives."

Philip Koh, founder of Preschool Teachers Network, hopes to advocate for improvements that are being made to the preschool sector.

Mr Koh said: "There is a need to have more social recognition for the preschool educators here in Singapore. At this point in time, I think it is very lacking.

"Many people do not see the roles and responsibilities that preschool educators play in society. They play a very important role; they nurture the future leaders in Singapore."

The names of all those who applied will now go before a Special Select Committee -- and then to the President for appointment. 

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