Sunday, January 14, 2007
Refering to the NMPs picked
First of all, I would like to list out the professions of the 9 NMPs.
Executive Chairman of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NTUC Director (Industrial Relations), an engineer, social worker and NUS Associate Professor, businesswoman and President of the Singapore Bowling Federation, lawyer and NUS Law Professor.
All of them can be considered to be from the upper class of the social stratification, which makes me wonder if they will bring about different perspectives into parliament. These NMPs, to me, are very similar to what we already have in the MPs. No doubt they will be speaking in matters relating to their profession, which may bring in fresh idea to improve certain aspect of social life, for example, sports, but this is not going to solve the more urgent matters of the Singapore society, like helping the poor and help Singaporeans cope with the sudden influx of foreign talents.
How about including 'commoners' like taxi drivers or factory worker to bring in real vibrant discussions into the parliament. Ridiculous as that might sound, in order to achieve the true and noble objectives of having NMPs in the parliament, I believe the seemingly absurd thing needs to be done, then we can look forward to the inclusion of NMPs to represent Singaporeans from all walks of life.