Some 36 people have applied to be Nominated MP, says Clerk of Parliament

SINGAPORE - A total of 36 names have been submitted for the post of Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP), the Clerk of Parliament said in a statement on Wednesday, one day after nominations closed.

Some names that have newly surfaced are blogger Roy Ngerng, paralympian Dr William Tan and technology firm president and chief executive officer Neo Kok Beng.

Mr Ngerng, 33, who has been running political blog The Heart Truths for two years, is interested in speaking up on issues like CPF, education, health care and wages. His proposal was submitted by Ms Han Hui Hui, a fellow blogger.

Dr Tan, resident physician at the National Cancer Centre, was nominated by Mr Alvin Lim, the chief executive officer of non-profit organisation BizLink. The 56-year-old, who in 2007 became the first wheelchair user to complete a marathon at the North Pole, wants to champion equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

And Mr Neo, who is also an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore, is looking to stoke more interest in the mathematics, sciences and technology sector. The 50-year-old is one of the five vice-presidents of the Institute of Engineers Singapore.

The Constitution provides for the appointment of nine NMPs.