Punggol East MP Charles Chong from Mediacorp

In a Facebook post yesterday (Dec 21) Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen defend PAP MP Charles Chong claiming that the S$16,000/mth MP was “courageous”. Members of the public accused MP Charles Chong of being greedy and contested the election for the lucrative MP salary despite knowing that he would require a liver transplant.

The PAP MP is currently on an 8-week-long medical leave break  -worth around S$32,000 excluding bonuses of MP salaries – after a liver transplant operation.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed that MP Charles Chong had known his condition for years:

“He had known for some years now that he might need a new liver in the future, based on his doctors’ advice.”

You may view Minister Ng Eng Hen’s post here.

The PAP MP won a 51.76% majority in Punggol East constituency in 2015, after the ruling party capitalized on the death of Lee Kuan Yew to win sympathy votes. The 63-year-old MP is the only non-degree-holder among the ruling party PAP MPs, and is likely to be unemployed should he leave politics.

In 2014, the ruling party PAP government raised MP salaries because no eligible candidates of credible background in the private sector wants to join the ruling party. For the past 7 years, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong bemoans the lack of quality in his ruling party and his limited choice of a successor Prime Minister.