CNAMr Lee Kuan Yew’s condition remains largely unchanged since the previous update on Saturday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement on Friday (Mar 6).

His doctors are continuing to monitor his condition, the statement added.

In a Feb 28 statement, the PMO said: “He remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation in the ICU at Singapore General Hospital. He is continuing with his antibiotics.”

Mr Lee, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, has been in hospital since Feb 5, when he was admitted for severe pneumonia. On Friday evening, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said he was told Mr Lee’s condition is “stable”. 

Lee Kuan Yew apparently remains alive, barely.  ST:

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew remains warded in the Intensive Care Unit at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Thursday morning.

Mr Lee is still sedated and on mechanical ventilation, the statement said.

It added that Mr Lee’s doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are continuing to monitor him closely.

Mr Lee, 91, was admitted to SGH on Feb 5 with severe pneumonia. The PMO had said on Saturday that his condition was stable, although he remained in intensive care.

On Wednesday night, rumours flew on social media that Mr Lee had died, but government sources told The Straits Times that these were untrue.

Wall Street Journal:

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has been hospitalized since early this month with severe pneumonia and remains in intensive care, though his condition has stabilized, a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said Saturday.

Mr. Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 and is breathing with the assistance of a ventilator, the statement said.

“He is conscious and lightly sedated,” the statement said. “His doctors are continuing to monitor his condition.”

Singapore’s current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong , who is Mr. Lee’s son, said on Twitter that he visited his father this morning “to wish him a happy Chinese New Year.”

The elder Mr. Lee has suffered recurrent ill health in recent years. He was hospitalized last Lunar New Year for an infection, fever and cough, and was also in hospital in Feb. 2013 with what was at the time described as a strokelike condition.


Lee Kuan Yew makes a brief but silent appearance on video, standing unassisted and placing a hand on a globe. CNA:

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew joined Tanjong Pagar and Radin Mas residents for the annual Tree Planting Day on Sunday (Nov 2). It was Mr Lee who started the tree planting campaign in 1963 to promote a greener environment.


Lee Kuan Yew visits an exhibition largely about himself.  ST:

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew paid a visit on Wednesday to The Battle For Merger exhibition at the National Library, which showcases 12 radio talks he gave in 1961 to convince Singaporeans of the need for merger with Malaya.

During his visit, Mr Lee praised the team who had put up the exhibition for their “thorough research” and for “presenting this key period for today’s audience”, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.


Lee Kuan Yew turns 91.  ST:

Sticking to his routine, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew spent part of his 91st birthday yesterday having his usual Chinese lessons.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong wrote about it on his Facebook page, saying he had gone to Mr Lee’s office to wish him “Happy Birthday”.

Mr Lee was dressed smartly in a casual red jacket, and “looked well and sharp and spoke with a strong voice”, wrote Mr Goh, who had succeeded Mr Lee as PM.

“Unfortunately, he was having one of those hiccups triggered by some allergic irritations. Even then, he was getting ready for his Chinese lessons,” he said. “I cannot help but marvel at the spirit and fight of The Singapore Lion. More good years to you, Mr Lee.”


Lee Kuan Yew makes an appearance, but no speeches or even words this year.  ST:

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew continued his unbroken record of attending every single national day dinner in his Tanjong Pagar constituency on Wednesday night.

Mr Lee, 90, was warmly greeted with a long round of loud applause and cheers from the roughly 900 residents, grassroots leaders and clan associations representatives who were present.

Shortly after arriving, Mr Lee rose to sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge with the audience.

CNA sets off unintentional waves in cyberspace, no followup yet from the MSM.  Malaysia Chronicle:

A new picture of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who is now 90 years old, has drawn concern from people on Singapore’s internet space.

Recently, state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia tweeted this photo of former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, courtesy of the Ministry of Communication and Information.

It shows Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and his wife the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha flanking Lee at the Istana on 21st April 2014 during the Brunei leader’s state visit to Singapore.

People on social media quickly started expressing their concern over how emaciated the former prime minister looked.


Lee wades into muddy waters.  Forbes:

A rising China is seeking to assert its sea-boundary claims. It is naive to believe that a strong China will accept the conventional definition of what parts of the sea around it are under its jurisdiction. This should come as no surprise, but it has been uncomfortable for some of China’s neighbors and other stakeholders, including the U.S. …

A resurgent China isn’t going to allow its sea boundaries to once again be decided by external parties. Therefore, I don’t believe the Chinese will submit their claims, which are based primarily on China’s historical presence in these waters, to be decided by rules that were defined at a time when China was weak. And China has judged that the U.S. won’t risk its present good relations with China over a dispute between the Philippines and China.

Why this sudden interest in some outcroppings in the South China Sea? What gas or oil can be drilled or fish caught around these rocks? Much more is at stake than rocks and resources. China sees the South China Sea as one of its key interests. A rising China is asserting its position by claiming historical rights to these waters. And the disputes, which arise from claims based on different principles, are unlikely to be resolved.

Back from the hospital, Lee is trotted out for the media.  Straits Times:

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew attended an annual Chinese New Year party for grassroots leaders at the Istana on Sunday evening.

The Chinese New Year garden party was hosted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Cabinet ministers.

It was the elder Mr Lee’s first public appearance since he attended two days of Parliament sittings last month.

Last Tuesday, Mr Lee, 90, was due to speak at an annual Chinese New Year dinner in his Tanjong Pagar GRC but could not attend due to ill health.


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