SINGAPORE - New members of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights have been sworn in at the Istana on Monday.
Seven members have been appointed by the President to the Council and they are AG Steven Chong Horng Siong, Prof Chan Heng Chee, Mr Barry Desker, Mr Philip Jeyaretnam, Mr JY Pillay, Archbishop Nicholas Chia Yeck Joo and Mr Othman bin Haron Eusofe.
All but Mr Desker, who is out-station, were at the swearing-in ceremony officiated by the President. The oaths were taken before Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong.
AG Chong, Prof Chan, Mr Desker and Mr Jeyaretnam are new appointments to the Council, whilst the other three members are re-appointed.
Their three-year term starts with effect from July 15, 2012.
The Council would function to draw attention to any Bill or subsidiary legislation that contains differentiating measures, to consider matters affecting any racial or religious community, to make a report on the Bills and matters considered to the Speaker of Parliament, and to advise the President on the nominations of persons to the Council from time to time.
There are now 17 members in The Council, comprising the Chairman, 6 permanent members and 10 other members. They are:
The Hon Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong
Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister
Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Tuan Haji Othman bin Wok
Mr Goh Chok Tong, Emeritus Senior Minister
Mr S Dhanabalan
Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law
Mr Steven Chong Horng Siong, Attorney General
Mr J Y Pillay
His Grace Archbishop Nicholas Chia
Mr Othman Haron Eusofe
Mr Timothy James de Souza
Mr Abdullah Tarmugi
Mr Sundaresh Menon
Mr Philip Jeyaretnam
Prof Chan Heng Chee
Mr Barry Desker