SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivered his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 21) at ITE College Central, but took a break in between after taking ill about an hour into the speech.
The Prime Minister's Office said he was feeling unsteady because of "prolonged standing, heat and dehydration". It added that his heart was fine and that he did not have a stroke. "Mr Lee returned more than an hour later to resume his speech. He outlined challenges for Singapore, and stressed the need for leadership succession, saying his successor needs to take over from him soon after the next general election.
In his Malay and Mandarin speeches, Mr Lee highlighted the need for changes to the Elected Presidency, saying there needs to be a safeguard to ensure a minority President can be elected from time to time.
He also touched on the need for vigilance against terrorism, revealing that authorities have shifted or even rescheduled events in response to terror threats.
Mr Lee ended his speech saying he wished for Singapore to be "blessed with divine discontent", always driven to do better, and that it people have the wisdom to count their blessings. "Then we can keep on building something special in Singapore for many more years," he concluded.