Singapore PM Lee recovering well after surgery, says minister

Singapore’s Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong also urged the public to go with official sources for updates on former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, and to avoid spreading rumours. — Today pic
Singapore’s Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong also urged the public to go with official sources for updates on former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, and to avoid spreading rumours. — Today pic

SINGAPORE, March 1 — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is recovering well, nearly two weeks after his surgery to treat prostate cancer, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said on the sidelines of a community event at Marine Parade yesterday.

Goh himself had successfully undergone prostate surgery. “For Prime Minister Lee, his is totally unexpected. Mine is unexpected, but caught it in time so my prostate surgery is successful. I’m now back in good health, up and about. I’ve spoken to Prime Minister Lee, he’s also recovering very well,” said Goh.

“He tends to do so many things at this stage. But thankfully some people advised him to take some rest. But beyond that, his prostate surgery is successful and the pathological test shows that he’s okay, he’ll be all right. But again that reflects life’s uncertainty,” he added.

Goh also spoke about former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. He noted recent rumours on Kuan Yew’s health and urged the public to go with official sources for updates, and avoid spreading rumours.

“Given the condition of, say, Kuan Yew, people always expect something to happen to him suddenly. But I would advise: Go by an official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

“If there is no statement there is nothing to worry about. Just don’t jump to the wrong conclusion. But it’s natural that people will talk about it and speculate what’s happened but people sometimes go one step too far,” Goh added. — Today

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