Punggol East MP Charles Chong on eight weeks medical leave after medical procedure

Punggol East MP Charles Chong  underwent a "planned medical procedure" at the National University Hospital on Thursday (Dec 1).
Punggol East MP Charles Chong underwent a "planned medical procedure" at the National University Hospital on Thursday (Dec 1). PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Punggol East MP Charles Chong is on eight weeks of medical leave, after "a planned medical procedure" at the National University Hospital on Thursday (Dec 1), the People's Action Party said.

His condition is stable, the party said in a statement on Friday(Dec 2). It did not say what the procedure was about.

Mr Chong, 63, who is also Deputy Speaker of Parliament, expects to gradually resume his constituency activities fully after his medical leave. But his doctors advise him to limit physical exertion and contact with the public during his recovery, the PAP added.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Mr Chong had asked his colleagues in neighbouring Pasir Ris Punggol-GRC, where Mr Teo is anchor minister, to look after the residents of Punggol East while he recovers.

Mr Teo added that he visited Mr Chong on Friday morning and "he gave me a hearty thumbs up with his usual cheery smile".

Meet-the-people (MPS) sessions will continue every Monday, except on public holidays and fifth Mondays, and constituency activities will go on as usual.

Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, said: "Our MPs from Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC will support Punggol East's MPS sessions and activities.

"We've always worked together as a team and we will continue to make sure that our Punggol East residents are well looked after. We all wish Charles a full and speedy recovery!"