SINGAPORE - He made what he called "a strange, personal request" at his first media appearance since being diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the immune-system cells, in May.
Mr Benson Puah, 55, who helms both the National Arts Council (NAC) and Esplanade, said: "As you know, I'm not well and I have very low immunity (at the moment).
"So if you're not well, I'm afraid I may not be able to have close contact with you and I hope you don't get offended."
He said this at the end of the three-hour sharing session, adding that he is "undergoing some treatments right now".
A joint statement released by the NAC and Esplanade on May 28 said that Puah's treatment will last 16 weeks.
It added that he will continue with his duties "as normally as his condition will allow him to".
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