Scare as PM Lee faints dur­ing TV speech

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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. –

Photo: AFP

Anti-war ac­tivists at a rally de­nounce the an­nual Ulchi Free­dom Guardian (UFG) joint United States-South Korea mil­i­tary ex­er­cise near the US em­bassy in Seoul yes­ter­day.

Photo: EPA

Lee Hsien Loong is a can­cer sur­vivor.

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