SINGAPORE: On Monday night (24 Jul), Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap, Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC and Workers’ Party (WP) vice-chairman, was hospitalized due to a cardiac condition.
According to a statement on the WP’s official Facebook page, Mr Faisal’s condition is currently stable, and he is under close monitoring and care in the Intensive Care Unit. He is conscious.
During Mr Faisal’s absence from work, the Workers’ Party Aljunied GRC MPs and other party members will be covering his constituency duties.
As reported by the Straits Times, Png Eng Huat, former MP for Hougang SMC, filled in for Mr Faisal at the latter’s meet-the-people session (MPS) on Wednesday, held at the void deck of Block 550 Bedok North Avenue 1.
Mr Png, who is currently a member of WP’s central executive committee, confirmed that he will be covering for Mr Faisal for the next two weeks.
“We are a team, so I did not hesitate to help. It’s not an issue for me,” Mr Png added that many residents he met on Wednesday night expressed their hopes for Mr Faisal’s speedy recovery.
Mr Png was the Hougang MP from 2012 to 2020. He had previously served as Mr Faisal’s legislative assistant after the 2011 General Election before becoming an MP, and he was familiar with residents’ concerns.
In the 2020 Singapore General Election, Mr Png did not contest. However, like the WP veteran Mr Low Thia Khiang, they continue to actively support their party even after stepping down from their political positions.
Mr Faisal, a 48-year-old, has been serving as an Aljunied GRC MP since 2011.
The Workers’ Party’s statement on Facebook regarding his hospitalization elicited hundreds of reactions and get-well messages, including those from politicians such as Denise Phua, PAP MP for Jalan Besar GRC, Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim, MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC, and Seah Kian Peng, MP for Marine Parade GRC.
Additionally, presidential hopeful and former senior minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam also conveyed his get-well wishes to Mr Faisal and his family.