SINGAPORE: Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan is on extended medical leave after fracturing his arm, the Prime Minister Office’s said in a statement on Monday morning (Feb 25).
Mr Khaw injured his left arm in a fall last week and is currently warded at a hospital and receiving treatment, the statement said. He will resume his duties when he is able to – "probably after several weeks", it added.
The minister will undergo surgery later this week.
Channel NewsAsia has sought further details from the Ministry of Transport, including on when Mr Khaw's fall occurred.
The Prime Minister's Office said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has been appointed as the Acting Minister for Transport in the Singapore-Malaysia bilateral talks.
“This ensures that the ongoing discussions with Malaysia on several transport matters will continue to be well coordinated,” it said.
Senior Ministers of State Lam Pin Min and Janil Puthucheary, as well as Senior Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng, will assist Dr Balakrishnan on other transport matters and in the Committee of Supply debate, the statement added.
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