MP Baey Yam Keng warded in hospital with dengue

MP Baey Yam Keng warded in hospital with dengue
The politician said on his Facebook page that he had been monitoring his platelet count since Nov 28, but it fell below the safe threshold on Sunday, and he was warded as a result. This is not Mr Baey's first brush with the mosquito-borne disease as he and Ms Lim were both hospitalised for dengue fever in 2007.

SINGAPORE - Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Mr Baey Yam Keng was diagnosed with dengue fever on Nov 28, and was later admitted to hospital on Sunday (Nov 30) at 11pm.

The politician said on his Facebook page that he had been monitoring his platelet count since Nov 28, but it fell below the safe threshold on Sunday, and he was warded as a result. He implied that he was put on intravenous therapy, with the hashtag "#ondrip".

"At least, I managed to go through the full-dress rehearsal for "Like Me.I Like" yesterday," Mr Baey said.

Mr Baey is the lead actor and producer of upcoming charity play, Like Me. I Like.

ETCeteras, the Singapore theatre company that is staging the play said in a statement on Monday night that Mr Baey is hoping to recover in time for the opening night of the play this Thursday (Dec 4).

Mr Baey also added that he will miss his weekly Meet-the-People Session at Blk 444 Tampines Street 42.

"Doc has advised complete rest so that I can get well soon. Hopefully in time for the opening night on 4 Dec," he said.

"I am sure with a strong will, I can make it." 

In an interview with the Business Times on Nov 21, Mr Baey said that he volunteered for the play.

While some people have said that he should be "concentrating on (his) job as an MP", Mr Baey said that his involvement is for a good cause.

"While my colleagues in Parliament are contributing to the economy, or whatever they're doing in their own professional career, I'm doing my part to contribute to the local arts. I think there's nothing wrong with it." he said.

Mr Baey's wife Lim Hai Yen, whom he met through theatre during his Hwa Chong Junior College days, is the playwright and director of Like Me. I Like.

Cultural medallion award winner Dick Lee is the production's image stylist who will be conjuring the wardrobe for the cast.

ETCeteras is an amateur theatre group made up of alumni members from Hwa Chong Junior College (now called Hwa Chong Institution).

Set in 'ADifferent ADvertising', an advertising firm, the play spins a heartwarming story revolving around social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, WhatsApp and how courage, love, 'bromance', friendships, secrets, desires and rivalries flourish at work.

grongloh@sph.com.sg 

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