Six new representatives appointed to Promote Mandarin Council

Ms Hazel Chong, her son Li Yu and daughter Kai Han performing at the 2015 in Speak Mandarin Campaign Parent-Child Talent Competition.The nationwide competition, in its third edition, is meant for parents to bond with their children
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Ms Hazel Chong, her son Li Yu and daughter Kai Han performing at the 2015 in Speak Mandarin Campaign Parent-Child Talent Competition.The nationwide competition, in its third edition, is meant for parents to bond with their children while learning Mandarin together.PHOTO: PROMOTE MANDARIN COUNCIL

SINGAPORE - Six new representatives have been appointed to the Promote Mandarin Council, joining 12 other members to get the population to speak the language.

The new representatives come from the education sector, media industry and community associations.

"The Council Members bring with them the wealth of knowledge and experience in their areas of expertise," said chairman Seow Choke Meng.

"With their new and fresh perspectives, we can ride on the success of the Speak Mandarin Campaign over the past 36 years and continue our cause of encouraging Singaporean Chinese to use and appreciate their Mother Tongue ."

The six new members are: Mr Chew Wee Kai, chairman, Hua Language Centre; Mr Charles Ho Nai Chuen, chairman of the research & publications committee, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; writer and illustrator Fanny Lai; Professor Lee Cher Leng, deputy head, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore; Ms Lee Kuan Fung, head of digital strategy, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings; and Mr Ng Siew Quan, honorary treasurer, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

The council's two-year term ends on July 31, 2017.

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