Source: Straits Times, 28 July 2009
GIVEN that Nominated Members of Parliament have been around for 19 years, it is perplexing that the scheme has yet to evolve clear and consistent criteria for the selection of an NMP.
Ordinary Singaporeans – including aspiring NMPs – do not really know what the parliamentary selection committee looks for when it interviews potential NMPs. The selection committee currently consists of seven People’s Action Party MPs and one opposition MP, and is chaired by Speaker Abdullah Tarmugi. This issue of clarity deserves to be taken more seriously since the NMP scheme will soon be a permanent part of the political system.