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Nicholas Fang won't seek second term as Nominated MP

Nominated MP Nicholas Fang representing the sports community has decided not to seek a second term in Parliament.

SINGAPORE: Nominated MP Nicholas Fang representing the sports community has decided not to seek a second term in Parliament.

This follows an announcement on Tuesday that Mr Fang would be one of two Chefs de Mission at the 2015 SEA Games to be held in Singapore.

Mr Fang, who is also the President of the Singapore Modern Pentathlon Association, announced his intention not to extend his two-and-a-half-year term in the House beyond August.

"I am very honoured and excited to have this opportunity to be part of the Singapore contingent that will fly our flag at the first 'home' SEA Games for us in 22 years," said Mr Fang, who is also an Associate Editor with Channel NewsAsia.

"This is a major event for Team Singapore athletes and the next 12 months will be crucial for us in terms of training and preparing to deliver a strong result for Singapore.

"I want to focus all my energies on making sure that we do all that is needed to deliver the best possible result for Team Singapore in 2015. We are all in this massive undertaking together, and it will be a wonderful and exciting experience for each one of us.

"I have been humbled to have been given the chance to serve as a Nominated Member of Parliament for the past two-and-a-half years, and I hope I've managed to contribute in a small way. I wish the next batch of NMPs all the very best in what is shaping up to be an interesting few years ahead."

Seven groups -- the labour movement; business and industry; the professions; social-service organisations; civic and the people sector; tertiary institutions; as well as the media, arts and sports organisations -- have been invited to submit suitable NMP candidates to a Special Select Committee chaired by Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob.

Among the current batch of NMPs, Jay Gee Melwani Group managing director R Dhinakaran and Singapore Management University law lecturer Eugene Tan have announced that they will be seeking a second term.

Mr K Karthikeyan, 54, Vice-President of the NTUC Central Committee, on Monday was named by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) as its candidate to represent the labour movement, while Drama Box artistic director Kok Heng Leun has emerged as a potential candidate from the arts sector.

It is understood that former national sailor Benedict Tan, 46, is a likely candidate to fill the sports community's slot.

Applications for NMP close at 4.30pm on May 20. 

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