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Former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for pneumonia, now stable

/ 07:12 PM February 21, 2015

SINGAPORE—Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is in intensive care for severe pneumonia, and has been warded for the past two weeks.

Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew STRAITS TIMES PHOTO

Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew STRAITS TIMES PHOTO

Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

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“His condition has stabilized and he remains on mechanical ventilation in the ICU,” the statement said, referring to the intensive care unit.

“He is conscious and lightly sedated.”

The statement added: “His doctors are continuing to monitor his condition. PMO will keep the public informed of any change.”

Lee is an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, and his latest condition indicates he is not likely to be able to attend upcoming Chinese New Year events.

His ill health has also prevented him from attending public and constituency events in recent months.

However, he attended the People’s Action Party’s 60th anniversary celebrations at the Victoria Concert Hall in November, as well as his constituency’s Tree Planting Day earlier the same month.

He also attended Tanjong Pagar GRC’s National Day dinner in August 2014.

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