Singapore PM resumes national day rally speech, says he fainted earlier
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong resumed and finished his National Day Rally speech tonight, just over an hour after he took ill while delivering his address on live television.
The rally was stopped at 9.20pm but resumed at 10.40pm when Lee took to the stage again to continue his speech.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Lee was feeling unsteady because of prolonged standing, heat and dehydration.
The statement added that his heart is fine and he did not have a stroke.
Lee returned to the stage to a standing ovation and told attendees that while doctors had said he was okay, he would have a full check-up after.
“Thank you for waiting for me. I gave everybody a scare. The last time I did this I was on the parade square in Safti, I fainted. I think that’s what happened.
“I’ve never had so many doctors look at me all at once. They think I’m alright but I’m going to have a full check-up after this,” the Straits Times quoted him as saying.