Latest batch of NMPs receive appointments

President Tan presided over the ceremony to appoint the NMPs at the Istana yesterday. The NMPs were picked by a select committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob. Pictured are (from left): Prof Randolph Tan, Ms Kuik Shiao-Yin, Mr Ganesh Raja
President Tan presided over the ceremony to appoint the NMPs at the Istana yesterday. The NMPs were picked by a select committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob. Pictured are (from left): Prof Randolph Tan, Ms Kuik Shiao-Yin, Mr Ganesh Rajaram, Ms Chia Yong Yong, Madam Halimah, President Tan and his wife Mary, Mr Azmoon Ahmad, Mr Thomas Chua, Mr Kok Heng Leun, Prof Mahdev Mohan and Ms K. Thanaletchimi. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The new cohort of nine Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) yesterday received their appointment papers, marking the start of a 2½-year term.

They received their instruments of appointment from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at a ceremony at the Istana yesterday.

Four of them - businessman Thomas Chua, 62; corporate lawyer Chia Yong Yong, 54; labour economist Randolph Tan, 52; and social entrepreneur Kuik Shiao-Yin, 39 - are returning to Parliament for a second term.

The other five are new faces, namely, auto company senior vice-president Azmoon Ahmad, 54; theatre group artistic director Kok Heng Leun, 50; unionist K. Thanaletchimi, 50; media company executive vice-president Ganesh Rajaram, 49; and Singapore Management University law don Mahdev Mohan, 37.

The group will be sworn in at a Parliament sitting tomorrow, before Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers his Budget address.

A select committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob had picked the nine NMPs - the maximum allowed under the Constitution - from among 41 applicants.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2016, with the headline 'Latest batch of NMPs receive appointments'. Print Edition | Subscribe