Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew released from hospital after heart problem

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 4:21am

Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, was discharged from hospital after being admitted two days ago for a condition linked to an irregular heartbeat.

Lee, 89, was sent to the Singapore General Hospital after the suspected transient ischemic attack, a condition with stroke-like symptoms that clear within a day, according to the Prime Minister's Office. "The doctors are following up with him to optimise his anti-coagulation therapy, in order to minimise the risk of further … attacks," the office said on Monday.

Under Lee's 31 years as prime minister, the nation was transformed from a colonial backwater into Southeast Asia's only advanced economy. He stepped down in 1990, handing power to Goh Chok Tong. Lee's eldest son, Lee Hsien Loong, took over from Goh in 2004.

The elder Lee stayed on in the cabinet and resigned in May 2011 after his ruling party won the general election by the smallest margin since independence in 1965.

He had a heart pacemaker implanted in 2008 after suffering from an irregular heartbeat.