Mr Lee remains critically ill; PM thanks public for support and wishes

Mr Lee remains critically ill; PM thanks public for support and wishes

SINGAPORE - Former Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in its latest update on Friday.

"PM Lee would like to thank the public for their support and good wishes," the statement from PMO added.

Mr Lee, 91, has been warded in the Singapore General Hospital since Feb 5, when he was admitted for severe pneumonia.

Fears about Mr Lee's demise reached fever pitch on Wednesday after screenshots were circulated of a fake website bearing the PMO logo and announcing Mr Lee's death.

The PMO later lodged a police report concerning the fake website. 

Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Police Melvin Yong told The Straits Times: "We take a very stern view against anyone who doctors a government website to spread false information to deceive the public."

"We will spare no effort to bring them to task. We also advise the public not to spread falsehoods," added AC Yong.

The Straits Times added that some foreign news outlets, including CNN and China's CCTV, Sina and Phoenix Chinese News, reported that Mr Lee had died, only to retract the reports later.

Mr Lee's family members and relatives visited him on Wednesday, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 63, and grandson Lee Yipeng, 32.

Mr Lee's health condition took a for the worst on Tuesday, when the PMO said he had an infection and was being treated with antibiotics. It added that doctors were monitoring his condition.

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