[UPDATE: Low was moved to a general ward on 4 May]
SINGAPORE – Aljunied GRC MP and former Workers’ Party (WP) Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang, who was in the intensive care unit (ICU) after suffering a fall, was moved to a general ward on Monday (4 May).
In a statement, WP said that after five days in the ICU, Low is now in a general ward, “where he is likely to remain for a few more weeks to recuperate”.
“Mr Low’s family has asked us to convey their deep appreciation for all the good wishes sent to him for a speedy recovery,” WP said.
In a statement on Sunday, WP had said that he suffered a head injury from a fall at home on 30 April.
“Mr Low is conscious. Mr Low’s family has requested for privacy so he can focus on his recuperation,” WP said then. “In Mr Low’s absence from work, the Workers’ Party Aljunied GRC MPs will cover his constituency duties, assisted by former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Gerald Giam.”
Earlier, on 21 April, WP also announced that NCMP Daniel Goh had stepped down from his party appointments and would not be participating in the coming general election because of ill health.
Well wishes from fellow MPs, opposition figures
Shortly after the WP announcement on Low’s condition, politicians took to social media to convey their well wishes.
One of the first to do so was Minister for Trade and Industry, and Tanjong Pagar GRC MP, Chan Chun Sing. He wrote, in a post on Facebook, that he was “concerned that Mr Low Thia Khiang is in ICU from a recent fall”. “I wish Mr Low a quick recovery. I just had a good, long conversation with him at the last Parliament sitting. I look forward to seeing him again soon.”
Similarly, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin said in a Facebook post, “I knew he had a fall when Pritam applied for leave from Parliament sitting for him but I didn’t know that it was quite so serious. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mr Low. Wishing you speedy recovery.”
Progress Singapore Party chief Tan Cheng Bock posted later on Sunday evening on Facebook, “My thoughts and prayers are with Low Thia Kiang and his family today. Praying that he recovers quickly and is back to full health soon.”
Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan also took to Facebook with his message, “We hope Mr Low Thia Kiang's accident is not serious and wish him a speedy recovery.”
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