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'Spotlight on more causes' with all-new slate of NMPs

Observers point out that heritage and disability issues now have champions

Published on Aug 13, 2014 7:22 AM
The nine new Nominated Members of Parliament. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

The choice of the all-new slate of Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) may reflect a desire to give more communities and causes a chance to be in the spotlight, political watchers and MPs said yesterday.

This is because issues concerning heritage and people with disabilities, for instance, may not have previously had sufficient airtime in the House, said some.

But they now have champions, respectively, in historian Tan Tai Yong and lawyer Chia Yong Yong, who has peroneal muscular dystrophy.

Economic restructuring is another big item of continued importance to Singapore, said the analysts, pointing to the selection of a labour economist, veteran unionist and business association chief.

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