5 of the current 9 NMPs likely to step down in September; blogger Xiaxue eyeing a seat

Then Speaker Halimah Yacob, then President Tony Tan Keng Yam, and his wife, Mary, being flanked by the current lineup of Nominated MPs after their appointment on March 22, 2016. (From left) Labour economist Randolph Tan; social entrepreneur Kuik Shia
Then Speaker Halimah Yacob, then President Tony Tan Keng Yam, and his wife, Mary, being flanked by the current lineup of Nominated MPs after their appointment on March 22, 2016. (From left) Labour economist Randolph Tan; social entrepreneur Kuik Shiao-Yin; media company executive vice-president Ganesh Rajaram; corporate lawyer Chia Yong Yong; auto company senior vice-president Azmoon Ahmad; businessman Thomas Chua; theatre group artistic director Kok Heng Leun; Singapore Management University law don Mahdev Mohan; and unionist K. Thanaletchimi.ST FILE PHOTO

Applications for next batch expected to open in June, with blogger Xiaxue eyeing a seat

At least half the Nominated MPs in Parliament later this year are set to be new faces, with five of the current nine likely to step down when their term ends in September.

Two others have yet to decide whether to reapply for the role, while the remaining two could not be reached for comment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2018, with the headline 'At least half current NMPs likely to step down in September'. Print Edition | Subscribe