Select Committee MPs named

The select committee tackling the threat of fake news will be chaired by Charles Chong (top row, centre) and consists of (clockwise from top left) Chia Yong Yong, K Shanmugam, Desmond Lee, Pritam Singh, Rahayu Mahzam, Seah Kian Peng, Janil Puthuchear
The select committee tackling the threat of fake news will be chaired by Charles Chong (top row, centre) and consists of (clockwise from top left) Chia Yong Yong, K Shanmugam, Desmond Lee, Pritam Singh, Rahayu Mahzam, Seah Kian Peng, Janil Puthucheary, Sun Xueling and Edwin Tong. PHOTOS: ST FILE, GOV.SG, LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, LIANHE ZAOBAO, UNITY HEALTH SEMINAR WITH LIANHE WANBAO

The names of the MPs who will form the Select Committee that will look into ways Singapore can tackle online fake news were announced yesterday, one day after Parliament voted for its formation.

The 10-member list was unveiled by Deputy Speaker Charles Chong, who will chair the committee.

The rest comprise three office-holders, four People's Action Party (PAP) MPs, one Workers' Party MP and a Nominated MP (NMP).

The office-holders are Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Education Janil Puthucheary. The PAP MPs are Mr Seah Kian Peng, Ms Rahayu Mahzam, Ms Sun Xueling and Mr Edwin Tong.

The remaining two are Workers' Party MP Pritam Singh and NMP Chia Yong Yong.

The committee's mandate is to examine and report on causes and consequences of online falsehoods, and to propose countermeasures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2018, with the headline 'Select Committee MPs named'. Print Edition | Subscribe