The health of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew weakens further as his son and current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visits him in hospital. Julie Noce reports.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited his father Lee Kuan Yew in hospital on Sunday. A statement released by the government says the 91-year-old former prime minister's health is deteriorating even further. The government said he was critically ill on Friday. Lee was hospitalised in early February with severe pneumonia. Residents and well-wishers have been leaving flowers and notes for a speedy recovery outside the hospital. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) UNIDENTIFIED SINGAPOREAN WOMAN SAYING: "We were very poor at that time, we were excited to see running water. You young people should cherish this country. Our leader ran this country for 50 years. I hope he can go through his 50th year, we are praying for him every day." (SOUNDBITE)(English) DAVID EPSTEIN, 56, AMERICAN WORKING IN SINGAPORE, SAYING: "In a broader picture, coming from the United States, and seeing what Singapore has meant to Southeast Asia and the U.S., he's built something quite substantial. Can't predict what the future is, but I think it is important to pay tribute to that contribution." Lee is credited with transforming the city-state into the financial hub that it is today. Although he's receded from the public and political scene, his health is watched closely as he's still seen as an influential figure for the current government.