Mr Lee Kuan Yew's condition has worsened: PMO

SINGAPORE - Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's condition has worsened, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Saturday afternoon (March 21).

The one-line statement comes after the PMO issued a statement on Tuesday (March 17) saying Mr Lee had taken a turn for the worse due to an infection. Daily updates from Wednesday to Friday said Mr Lee remained critically ill.

Mr Lee, 91, has been hospitalised at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) since Feb 5 with severe pneumonia.

Concern has mounted in recent days over his health, with many people visiting SGH and the Tanjong Pagar Community Club to drop off cards and gifts wishing him well. Mr Lee is an MP in Tanjong Pagar GRC.

Some members of the public were spotted at SGH on Saturday afternoon leaving cards, flowers and gifts at a special area that the hospital has designated. The area is located outside Block 7, near the Bengawan Solo cake shop.

A few were seen with bowed heads and appeared to be praying, while others were reading the get-well cards and notes left by earlier visitors.