Singapore PM Lee took ill while delivering national day speech

Aug 21, 2016
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took ill while delivering his National Day speech on Sunday.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took ill while delivering his National Day speech on Sunday.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who took ill while delivering his National Day Rally speech on Sunday night, is fine and did not have a stroke, said the republic’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Lee reportedly felt unsteady because of prolonged standing, heat and dehydration.

The rally resumed at about 10.40pm.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the PMO said Lee “took ill while speaking at National Day Rally”.

“The medical team is attending to him right now. They assess that his condition is not serious. PMO will update in due course,” the post added.

Lee returned to the stage to a standing ovation and said that while doctors had said he was okay, he would have a full check-up after.

“Thank you for waiting for me. I gave everybody a scare. The last time I did this I was on the parade square in Safti, I fainted. I think that’s what happened.

“I’ve never had so many doctors look at me all at once. They think I’m alright but I’m going to have a full check-up after this,” he said.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said on Facebook after the National Day Rally that it was good to see Lee back and that he came back stronger.

The National Day Rally had been suspended at around 9.20pm after Lee was taken ill.

The medical team attending to him assessed that his condition was not serious.

Lee, 64, was seen waving at the audience before he walked off the stage with the help of Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Acting Education Minister Ng Chee Meng.

Curtains were drawn and it fell silent in the ITE College Central auditorium.

Teo told the audience later that Lee would resume his rally. Lee has had a tough schedule, he said.

But he is “in good shape” and “he is strong enough to carry on”, DPM Tharman added.

Source: Singapore Straits Times

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