Special Select Committee nominates 9 NMPs for 13th Parliament

Special Select Committee nominates 9 NMPs for 13th Parliament

The candidates chosen include four NMPs who served in the previous term of Parliament.

Singapore Parliament
Singapore's Parliament building. (Photo: AFP)

SINGAPORE: Nine people have been nominated by a Special Select Committee to fill the vacancies of Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs), the Office of the Clerk of Parliament announced on Thursday (Mar 17). Four of them are NMPs who served in the previous term.

The selected NMPs are:

  • Mr Azmoon Ahmad: Mr Azmoon is the Senior Vice-President of Desay SV Automotive (Global) and is currently a member of the Committee on the Future Economy. He served as Chairman of Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) Group from 2012 to 2015.

  • Ms Chia Yong Yong: Ms Chia was an NMP of the 12th Parliament from August 2014 to August 2015. She is currently a lawyer with Yusarn Audrey. She has been the President of the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) since 2008 and is currently a member of the REACH Supervisory Panel, the Committee on the Future Economy, the Advocacy and Research Panel of the National Council of Social Services and board member of SG Enable.

  • Mr Thomas Chua Kee Seng: Mr Chua was an NMP of the 12th Parliament. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Teckwah Industrial Corporation and President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chinese Development Assistance Council, is Vice-President of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan and a Director of Business China. He was previously a Board Member of SPRING Singapore.

  • Mr Ganesh Rajaram: Mr Rajaramis currently on the Board of Directors of the Media Development Authority of Singapore. He is also the Executive Vice-President (Asia) of Fremantlemedia International. He has served as a member in various public and industry advisory committees including several SG50 Committees, the Public Service Broadcast Review Panel, the Media Convergence Review Panel and the Singapore InfoComm Media Masterplan 2025 Working Committee.

  • Mr Kok Heng Leun: Mr Kok is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Drama Box, a local theatre company. He is also a member of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Programme Committee and SG50 Culture and Community Sub-Committee.

  • Ms Kuik Shiao-Yin: Ms Kuik was an NMP of the 12th Parliament. She is currently the co-founder and Creative Director of The Thought Collective. Ms Kuik is also a board member of *SCAPE Youth Talent and Leadership Development.
  • Assistant Professor Mahdev Mohan: Asst Prof Mohan is an Assistant Professor of Law at Singapore Management University (SMU) and concurrently the Executive Director of the Singapore Society of International Law. He is also a founding member of the Singapore Branch of the International Law Association.

  • Associate Professor Randolph Tan Gee Kwang: Assoc Prof Tan was an NMP of the 12th Parliament. He is currently a Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Research at SIM University (UniSIM). His current research interest is in the area of labour economics, with a focus on manpower issues in the Singapore economy.

  • Ms K Thanaletchimi: Ms Thanaletchimi is the President of Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU), which she led the successful merger of. Ms Thanaletchimi is also currently an elected member of the NTUC Central Committee and a board member of Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP). She is a member of the Board of Management of the People’s Association and a member of the SkillsFuture Council.

Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Committee Halimah Yacob said: "We are satisfied that these nine nominees have fulfilled the Constitutional requirement by distinguishing themselves through their contributions to society or in their respective fields. As Singapore navigates a much more challenging economic and social environment, we are confident that they will add colour to and elevate the quality of debate in Parliament.”

A total of 41 proposal forms were received after nominations were made open to the general public and functional groups earlier this year. "The task of selecting nine out of the slate of high quality candidates was a difficult one," said Ms Grace Fu, Leader of the House and a member of the Committee. "Besides their individual qualities, the candidates were selected bearing in mind the issues that we will discuss in this Parliament session – including economic transformation and skills training framework, development of media and art sectors, changes to the Constitution and building a caring and resilient society.”

The President will be presenting the Instruments of Appointment to the NMPs at the Istana on March 22. The NMPs will take their oath at the next sitting of Parliament on Mar 24.

Source: CNA/ly