The new Nominated MP appointments are out:
- Mr Calvin Cheng Ern Lee, entrepreneur
- Mr Terry Lee Kok Hua, president, Singapore Insurance Employees’ Union
- Mrs Mildred Tan-Sim Beng Mei, managing director, Ernst and Young
- Assoc Prof Paulin Tay Straughan, NUS sociologist
- Mr Teo Siong Seng, chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation
- Mr Viswaroopan s/o Sadasivan, CEO, Strategic Moves
- Mr Laurence Wee Yoke Thong, executive director, Presbyterian Community Services
- Ms Audrey Wong Wai Yen, artistic co-director, The Substation
- Ms Joscelin Yeo Wei Ling, former national swimmer
I’m glad that Mr Viswa Sadasivan was selected, my opposition to the NMP scheme notwithstanding. Viswa is a very insightful and frank political commentator, although he has not be quoted in the press much the last few years. I attended a very enlightening off-the-cuff talk by him last year, where he commented that there is a “crisis of leadership” in our nation. I blogged about it on TOC (with his permission). If he doesn’t pull his punches, and speaks what he really thinks, I think he will make a good contribution to the discourse in Parliament.
I’ve read A/P Paulin Straughan’s views in the media several times, and she comes across as an expert in her field of sociology, balanced and independent. I look forward to hearing her perspectives in Parliament.
As for the others, I have yet to hear or read any of their views or arguments on public matters. I hope that the Select Committee chose them for what they can contribute to the Parliamentary debates, rather than who they are.
Conspicuously missing from the list is Mr Siew Kum Hong. Many would assume his term was not renewed because of his involvement in the Aware saga. But more disconcerting than that, would be if he was booted out because of his very well-articulated speeches against government proposals like the Public Order Act, the Films Act and the Jobs Credit Scheme. This would really be a shame on the PAP-dominated Select Committee. But on the other hand, it will prove that the NMP scheme subject to political manipulation to serve the interests of the ruling party.