Parliament: New batch of Nominated MPs sworn in

President Tony Tan Keng Yam (in grey suit) and his wife Mary (in red), and Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob (fifth from left) at the appointment ceremony of the Nominated Members of Parliament at the Istana on Aug 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
President Tony Tan Keng Yam (in grey suit) and his wife Mary (in red), and Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob (fifth from left) at the appointment ceremony of the Nominated Members of Parliament at the Istana on Aug 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The newly-appointed batch of nine Nominated Members of Parliament were sworn in on Monday afternoon.

They took the oath of allegiance in a five-minute ceremony presided by Speaker of the House Halimah Yacob.

Lawyer Chia Yong Yong, a wheelchair user with peroneal muscular dystrophy, was the first to be called.

The others are Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Thomas Chua, 60; veteran unionist K. Karthikeyan, 55; social entrepreneur Kuik Shiao-Yin, 36; Board of Architects Singapore president Rita Soh, 55; doctor and former national sailor Benedict Tan, 47; labour economist Randolph Tan, 50; veteran historian Tan Tai Yong, 51; and banker Ismail Hussein, 51, who is a director of the Association of Muslim Professionals.

They recited the oath together, promising to protect and defend the constitution of Singapore to the best of their ability.

They will serve a two-and-a-half-year term.