28 Dec '11, 1am

A record 50 people apply to be Nominated MPs, with two-thirds not backed by any group

A record 50 people apply to be Nominated MPs, with two-thirds not backed by any group

NMP hopefuls include National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre head Laurence Lien -- ST, ZAOBAO FILE PHOTOS By Toh Yong Chuan & Andrea Ong A record number of 50 people have applied to be Nominated MPs (NMPs), reflecting a strong desire for a greater diversity of views to be aired in Parliament. Thirty-four of the NMP hopefuls are individuals eyeing the nine available seats. They are not backed by any group, demonstrating their desire to champion causes of personal interest. Only 16, or one-third of the names, were submitted by groups to represent them, according to a Parliament statement on Tuesday. The seven functional groups are business and industry; the professions; the labour movement; social service organisations; civic and people sector; tertiary education institutions; and media, arts and sports. Photo gallery Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered ...

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