'Delighted' that Heng Swee Keat has been discharged from hospital: PM

'Delighted' that Heng Swee Keat has been discharged from hospital: PM

Several ministers and Members of Parliament have taken to social media to cheer the news that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has been released from hospital.

SINGAPORE: Ministers and Members of Parliament are welcoming news that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has been discharged from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

On Saturday afternoon (Jun 25), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was "delighted" to hear of the news.

"He has been working hard on his rehab and is determined to recover fully. I am confident he will, supported by his family and medical team," PM Lee wrote on Facebook.

"I know from personal experience that recovering from serious illnesses takes time," he added. "I have advised Swee Keat to take things step by step. No constant checking of his email or his phone!

"Many thanks to the doctors, nurses, therapists, and staff at TTSH for their professionalism and dedication. This outcome would not have happened without your good work," Mr Lee wrote.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam also took to Facebook to convey his best wishes for Minister Heng's recovery on Saturday afternoon.

"Glad to be informed that Minister Heng Swee Keat has been discharged from hospital today and is doing better. Swee Keat wrote me a personal letter informing me of his progress and improvement," Dr Tan wrote.

The President added that both himself and his wife wish Mr Heng a "full recovery" as he continues to recuperate.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean also wished Mr Heng well.

"Our good wishes are with you and your family for a full and speedy recovery," DPM Teo said on Facebook.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said he was "very happy" to hear that Mr Heng was making good progress.

"I think it's a good sign that he has discharged so early and the recovery has gone beyond what we all can imagine. I hope we can also give him time for him to fully recover. He's an integral part of our team we want to make sure that he can recover as quickly as possible and come back to work," added Mr Yaacob.

In a Facebook post, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said he was "happy to celebrate" Mr Heng's discharge from hospital.

"I would not have dared to hope for such a miraculous quick recovery on that fateful evening as we discussed the emergency treatment options.The NNI (National Neuroscience Institute)/TTSH team did a fantastic job. Thank you all so much," said Dr Balakrishnan.

On Facebook, MP Baey Yam Keng shared a chat message from Mr Heng, telling him and fellow Tampines MPs: "I've regained most of my functions." Channel NewsAsia understands Mr Heng needs to build up his physical endurance.

Source: CNA/mn