Heng Swee Keat "recovering well" from stroke: PM Lee

Heng Swee Keat "recovering well" from stroke: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in hospital on Monday (May 30) and says he was "fully lucid, communicative, and cheerful".

SINGAPORE: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat is recovering well from his stroke and is making steady progress at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday evening (May 30).

In a Facebook post, Mr Lee wrote: "Visited Heng Swee Keat in the TTSH Neuro ICU at NNI this evening. Delighted to find him recovering well, and making steady progress. He was fully lucid, communicative, and cheerful.

"The doctors are happy too. But they have advised Swee Keat 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. :)"

Mr Lee added that Mr Heng 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 Heng's fellow Tampines GRC MP, Masagos Zulkifli wrote on Facebook that he was "so happy to see update by PM on ‪‎Heng Swee Keat‬ while meeting activists at Tampines Central PAP Branch that Swee Keat is progressing well!

"PM said he gave a thumbs up when he shared that Tampines is being cared for. We took a photo to send him a thumbs up too!"

Photograph of Tampines activists wishing Mr Heng Swee Keat well, posted by Mr Masagos Zulkifli on his Facebook page

Mr Heng, 54, collapsed from a stroke during a Cabinet meeting on May 12. The stroke was found to have been caused by an aneurysm, which was successfully closed by surgeons at TTSH.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam is covering Mr Heng's duties as Finance Minister. Mr Heng also chairs a national committee that is studying strategies for Singapore’s future economy. In view of Mr Heng's illness, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran was appointed co-chairman of the committee. In turn, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing was appointed as the deputy chairman, in place of Mr Iswaran.

In a Facebook post on Monday night, Mr Chan wrote: "Updated Heng Swee Keat's activists and thanked them for their well wishes and for taking care of the residents while Swee Keat recuperates.
"Glad to see such strong teamwork, and activists wishing Swee Keat well with two thumbs up. Kudos to all."

Source: CNA/dt