Actually, one. Dominic Khoo has now decided to pursue the NMP position independently and possibly for a different sector. Caught him while he was having lunch, but was kind enough to SMS me this official response.
“I’ve decided that if I’m going to run for NMP, it will be as an independent, not speaking for the entire Arts functional group but rather the Youth and Urban Arts. A 2-year term is really short and rather than spending 1-2 days each on every one of the hundreds of arts groups, I would want to focus on the ones that I feel closest to my heart, and make sure I pull off a bang up job.”
This Arts NMP thing ah, so many twists and turns.
To recap, last week, actress Janice Koh (second from right) stepped forward. Yesterday, the count went up to three, with photographer Dominic Khoo (far left) and designer Casey Chen (far right).
Now I’ve just gotten news that Chen has decided not to go ahead with it.
I’m pretty sure this afternoon’s proceedings at TheatreWorks 72-13 had something to do with the decision.
You see, these brave, passionate souls got a taste of what would likely happen in the likelihood that one of them gets picked as Nominated Member of Parliament (for the arts) when all three were “grilled” by a score of arts practitioners and lovers in a meet-the-“candidates” session moderated by ex-NMP Audrey Wong.