Netizens wish ailing former Singapore PM a speedy recovery

PETALING JAYA - Netizens have extended their well-wishes to former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who is currently being treated for severe pneumonia in hospital.

Twitter user RobinYapSB posted: "It saddens me to learn that Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been in hospital for two weeks. I wish him speedy recovery."

Another user, GlennDjangkar, said: "Get well soon Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor and first Prime Minister of Singapore."

V. Ganapathy, who goes by the username GBU, said: "Mr LKY, wishing you a speedy recovery. We need more leaders like you. May you live to be 100."

A Singapore government statement said Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb 5 and was on "mechanical ventilation" at the intensive care unit but his condition was stable.

Fenn Lee said: "We pray for the well being and speedy recovery of Mr Lee Kuan Yew."

Victor Cui said he hoped "to see MM #LeeKuanYew get better. #Singapore #ministermentor".

Lee, the father of current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, is widely credited with transforming Singapore into one of Asia's wealthiest economies in just over three decades.

He served as prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained self-rule from colonial ruler Britain, until he stepped down in 1990 in favour of his deputy Goh Chok Tong, who in turn handed power to Hsien Loong in 2004.

In a book published in 2013, Lee said he felt weaker by the day and wanted a quick death.

Lee also said that he had signed an advance medical directive, a legal document informing doctors that a patient does not want the use of any life-sustaining treatment to prolong his life in the event that he becomes terminally ill and unconscious, and where death is imminent.