A low profile MP by the name of Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim made it to the headline of government-controlled mainstream media Channel News Asia (CNA) today.

Featuring his Facebook profile, CNA reported how the Nee Soon GRC MP Associate Professor made an “announcement” about how the road expansion at the Central Expressway (CTE), Tampines Expressway (TPE) and Seletar Expressway (SLE) are “on track for completion”.

Photo by Channel News Asia
Photo by Channel News Asia
Screenshot of Facebook
Screenshot of Facebook

The road expansion project and works are initiated and managed by the Land Transport Authority. It is understood that MP Faishal did not make any speech in Parliament calling for road expansion before its project commencement in January 2015. Neither does the cost of the road expansion comes out from his own pocket or his Town Council’s.

How is this a piece of news and made it to the headlines is nothing new for the Singapore Government-controlled mainstream media. The 154th ranking in press freedom press would often act as published cheerleaders for the ruling PAP MPs, like as in this case, attributing a stat board-sponsored road expansion project to a PAP MP.

Despite having being in politics for the past 9 years, MP Faishal’s Facebook page is only created recently in February 2014, or 3 years after he won the General Election on the coat tail of the Law Minister K Shanmugam. He first joined politics by being included in an uncontested walkover GRC of Marine Parade during GE2006. In Parliament, he has been very low profile, making no significant contributions worth mentioning in the news.

Do you want MP Faishal as a MP just because he is an Associate Professor?