SINGAPORE - Members of the public are invited to submit names of individuals they deem suitable for the role of Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) from Tuesday April 15.
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PARLIAMENT OF SINGAPORE
NOMINATED MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT INVITATION FOR SUBMISSION OF NAMES
The general public is invited to submit names of persons to the Special Select Committee of Parliament for nomination by the Committee for appointment by the President as Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs).
The persons to be nominated by the Committee shall be persons who have rendered distinguished public service, or who have brought honour to the Republic, or who have distinguished themselves in the field of arts and letters, sports, culture, the sciences, business, industry, the professions, social or community service or the labour movement.
Only names of persons who qualify for appointment as nominated Members of Parliament should be submitted to the Committee for consideration.
Under Article 44(2) of the Constitution, a person is qualified for appointment as a Nominated Member of Parliament if -
(a) he is a citizen of Singapore;
(b) he is of the age of 21 years or above on the day of nomination;
(c) his name appears in a current register of electors;
(d) he is resident in Singapore at the date of his nomination and has been so resident for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less than 10 years prior to that date;
(e) he is able, with a degree of proficiency sufficient to enable him to take an active part in the proceedings of Parliament, to speak and, unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, to read and write at least one of the following languages, that is to say, English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil; and
(f) he is not disqualified from being a Member of Parliament under Article 45 of the Constitution.
Mdm Speaker will meet representatives of seven Functional Groups, namely (a) business and industry; (b) the professions; (c) labour movement; (d) social service organisations; (e) civic and people sector; (f) tertiary education institutions; and (g) media, arts and sports organisations, to inform them of the procedure in submitting nominations to the Special Select Committee.
A Coordinator has been appointed by Mdm Speaker for each Functional Group to seek the views of their constituent organisations and to submit names of suitable candidates to the Special Select Committee for consideration.
The Coordinators of the seven Functional Groups are:
Business and Industry: Mr Tony Chew Leong-CheeChairmanSingapore Business Federation10 Hoe Chiang Road,#22-01 Keppel TowerSingapore 089315
Labour: Ms Diana Chia Siew FuiPresidentNational Trades Union CongressNTUC Centre, One Marina BoulevardSingapore 018989
Professions: Dr Lim Shih HuiMaster Academy of Medicine Singapore 81 Kim Keat Road #12-00, NKF Centre Singapore 328836
Social Service Organisations: Mr Sim Gim GuanChief Executive OfficerNational Council of Social Service170 Ghim Moh Road#01-02, NCSS CentreSingapore 279621
Civic and People Sector: Mr Ang Hak SengChief Executive DirectorPeople's Association9 King George's Avenue Singapore 208581
Tertiary Education Institutions: Prof Tan Chorh Chuan PresidentNational University of SingaporeUniversity HallLee Kong Chian Wing, Level 621 Lower Kent Ridge RdSingapore 119077
Media, Arts and Sports Organisations: Prof Chan Heng CheeChairpersonNational Arts Council90 Goodman RoadGoodman Arts CentreBlk A #01-01 Singapore 439053
Any organisations wishing to nominate members for consideration should submit their nominations to the abovementioned Coordinators.
In proposing names for consideration as NMPs, the attention of the organisations and members of the public is drawn to the provision of the Constitution which states:
"The persons to be nominated shall be persons who have rendered distinguished public service, or who have brought honour to the Republic, or who have distinguished themselves in the field of arts, letters, culture, the sciences, business, industry, the professions, social or community service or the labour movement."
Submission of names must be made using the forms available from the Parliament website (www.parliament.gov.sg) or the Office of the Clerk of Parliament at Parliament House, 1 Parliament Place, Singapore 178880. The closing date for submission of names is 20May 2014 at 4.30 pm.