Lunch with former NMPs


While Singapore’s Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) have contributed to parliamentary debates on a range of topics, questions continue to be asked about whether the NMP scheme can be relevant in a climate of more competitive politics. Unlike elected MPs, NMPs are shortlisted by a Special Select Committee of Parliament from a list of candidates put forth by the public. They normally serve a two-and-half year term unless Parliament is dissolved ahead of a general election. While NMPs are expected to put forth independent and non-partisan views, a number do represent sectoral interests, having been nominated by functional groups for the Select Committee’s consideration. Over lunch with IPS Corporate Associates, four members of the past batch of NMPs – Ms Faizah Jamal, Ms Janice Koh, Mr Eugene Tan and Mr Laurence Lien – will reflect on their experience in the House and give their views about how the NMP scheme could evolve. They are among the NMPs who entered Parliament after the “watershed” 2011 General Election and have taken part in debates on sometimes controversial and contentious policy issues, such as the Population White Paper and the Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Bill to maintain peace in Little India after last December’s riot. This closed-door session will be chaired by Dr Gillian Koh, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies. Read the report — IPS Corporate Associates Lunch: Four Former NMPs Reflect on Their Time in the House  


  CAL_Faizah Jamal_resize_280814FAIZAH Jamal is an Adjunct Lecturer at Republic Polytechnic (RP). She was formerly a corporate lawyer in Singapore specialising in Intellectual Property Law before embarking on a second career in holistic education through nature and the environment in 2003. Ms Faizah conducts workshops and classes aimed at changing mindsets towards what she terms “The Art of Mindful Living”, using as her tagline, Educate-Engage-Empower. She pioneered the Environment Education module at RP, and also teaches Outdoor Education and Early Childhood Education at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)-Wheelock College Boston. Ms Faizah was nominated by the Nature Society Singapore to be considered as a Nominated Member of Parliament. She has a law degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s Degree in Environment Law from King’s College, University of London. She was one of two Singaporeans to be awarded the European Community-ASEAN Scholarship for Environment Studies in 1992, as a result of her work in environment advocacy in Singapore.   CAL_Janice Koh_resize_280814Janice KOH is a respected stage and television actor. She most recently hosted Channel NewsAsia’s The Art of Conversation. A well-known face in the theatre scene, Janice recently performed in Alfian Sa’at’s Optic Trilogy and Pangdemonium’s production of Rabbit Hole. For both these roles, she was nominated for the Life! Theatre Best Actress Award this year. She won the Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance in David Auburn’s Proof and received a Life! Theatre Best Actress nomination in 2008 for her role in Ovidia Yu’s Hitting (On) Women. Ms Koh has an Honours degree in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore. She graduated from the University of London’s Goldsmith’s College with a Masters with Distinction in Theatre Administration, under a Public Service Commission scholarship. She worked at the National Arts Council as the assistant director of grants from 1999 to 2002, and as the arts administrator of strategic planning from 1997 to 1999. She currently sits on various boards in the non-profit arts and education sector including the Singapore International Film Festival, Wild Rice Ltd and the Victoria Advisory Committee.   CAL_Eugene Tan_resize_280814 Eugene TAN is Associate Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University (SMU). He also co-directs the SMU Centre for Scholars’ Development. An advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Mr Tan is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Stanford University where he was a Fulbright Fellow. His inter-disciplinary research and teaching interests include the mutual interaction of law and public policy, constitutional and administrative law, the regulation of ethnic conflict, ethics and social responsibility, and the government and politics of Singapore. He has published in these areas in various edited volumes and internationally refereed journals. Mr Tan authored The State of Play of CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] in Singapore (Lien Centre for Social Innovation, 2011), and is completing a book-length manuscript on the management of ethnic relations in Singapore. A strong believer in paying it forward and contributing to society, Mr Tan sits on the boards of several non-profit groups and chairs two scholarship selection committees.   CAL_Laurence Lien_resize_280814 Laurence LIEN is Chairman of the Lien Foundation, and former CEO of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre. He is also Chairman of the Community Foundation of Singapore, Vice-President of the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership and Deputy Chairman of Caritas Singapore. Prior to being CEO of the NVPC, Mr Lien was Director of both Economic Programmes and Governance & Investment at the Ministry of Finance, and the Director of Family Policy and Strategic Policy and Research at the Ministry of Community Development and Sports. Mr Lien has received awards and decorations for his contributions, such as the NUS Eminent Business Alumni Award (Young Alumni Category) in 2010, and the Eisenhower Fellowship in the same year. He holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore and Harvard University.  


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014
12.00 pm to 2.00 pm
Orchard Ballroom 1 (Level 3), Orchard Hotel Singapore