Arts NMP 2016

On March 18, 2016, Kok Heng Leun was appointed Nominated Member of Parliament.

Prior to this, the arts community has been represented in parliament by Audrey Wong (2009–2011) and Janice Koh (2012–2014).

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Arts NMP Kok Heng Leun's Maiden Speech in Parliament (Tuesday 5 April 2016):

"That is the potency of art.
It examines our relationship with the environment we live in. It examines our relationship with people we live with.
It examines our relationship with ourselves.
Why is Art IMPORTANT in the future of Singapore? Art is part of our daily lives.
Art is integral to our society.
Art can contribute to the resilience and maturity of the populace."
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Committee of Supply Debate: Ministry of Education (8 April 2016):

"A caring society should begin with a humane school environment – one that places value on compassion as much as competition, and goodwill as much as grades."
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Committee of Supply Debate: Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (13 April 2016):

Heng Leun discusses the importance of deeper engagement, intermediaries, creative place-making and developmental spaces.
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938 Live, 'On The Record' with Bharati Jagdish (28 May 2016):

We need a wiser Singapore, not a reactionary one: NMP Kok Heng Leun
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Who is Kok Heng Leun?

Kok Heng Leun is the Artistic Director of Singaporean theatre company Drama Box, and a prominent figure in both the English and Chinese-language theatres in Singapore. Thus far, he has directed more than 80 plays, including Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirit Play, forum theatre production Treat or Threat!, Drift (Singapore Arts Festival 2008 and Macao Arts Festival 2009) and It Won’t Be Too Long (Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015).

Heng Leun believes in engaging the community in his works, to promote critical dialogues about the world we live in. He has ventured into multi-disciplinary applied and engaged arts projects such as Project Mending Sky which deals with environmental issues and IPS Prism which looks at issues of governance in Singapore.

He received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2000 and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Culture Award in 2003. In 2006, he was presented the Outstanding Young Person (Culture) award in recognition of his contribution to the local arts scene.