Scare as PM Lee faints during TV speech
SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong caused a scare when he fainted briefly while delivering a long televised speech but resumed speaking after resting.
The 64-year-old cancer survivor, son of the city-state’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, suddenly stopped speaking more than two hours into his speech on August 21 and had to be helped off the stage.
When he returned about an hour and 20 minutes later, the crowd in the packed auditorium gave him a standing ovation and thousands of well-wishers expressed relief on social media.
Aides blamed fatigue and dehydration and ruled out a stroke.
“Thank you, for waiting for me. I gave everybody a scare,” said Mr Lee, who has been in power for more than 12 years.
He said he fainted during the speech, part of celebrations linked to Singapore’s 51st anniversary as a republic on August 9.
“I think that’s what happened. I’ve never had so many doctors look at me all at once. They think I’m all right. But anyway I’m going to have a full check-up after this.”
Neighbouring Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak posted on Twitter, “Heard that you’re not feeling well. I hope you’re all right. Get well soon.”
Mr Lee had been on his feet for more than two hours when he slouched over the lectern before cameras cut away to his listeners during a live broadcast.
The audience sat in shock but broke into applause when Mr Lee was helped off the stage. –
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Lee Hsien Loong is a cancer survivor.