Heng recovering well and making progress: PM

Mr Heng thanks everyone for their support, says PM Lee.
Mr Heng thanks everyone for their support, says PM Lee.

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, is recovering well and making steady progress, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last night.

Mr Heng was "fully lucid, communicative, and cheerful", he said in a Facebook post after visiting him at Tan Tock Seng Hospital's (TTSH) intensive care unit in the evening.

PM Lee said doctors "are happy too" but had advised Mr Heng not to receive visitors yet so that he can get as much rest as possible.

"I told him we had made arrangements to look after his residents in Tampines while he recuperates. He gave me two thumbs up," he wrote.

Mr Heng, 54, is an MP for Tampines GRC.

"Swee Keat wants to thank everyone for their support. He especially sends his greetings and best wishes to his Tampines residents and volunteers, who have been asking after him," Mr Lee added.

Mr Heng collapsed during a Cabinet meeting on May 12 after suffering a stroke. He was taken to TTSH where doctors successfully closed a ruptured aneurysm that caused bleeding in his brain.

Ministers and MPs were relieved to hear Mr Heng is recovering well.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing said he updated activists helping Mr Heng on his condition, and thanked them for taking care of the residents.

Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng, who was with activists from Mr Heng's Tampines Central ward when Mr Lee shared the good news, said on Facebook: "We are relieved and happy to learn that Minister Heng is recovering well. Two thumbs back to wish him all the best!"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2016, with the headline 'Heng recovering well and making progress: PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe