Singapore’s ex-President Nathan remains critically ill

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s former President SR Nathan remains critically ill and unconscious, but his vital signs are stable, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday.

Prime Minister Lee updated his Facebook on Friday evening, saying he has visited Nathan at the Singapore General Hospital. Lee said he thanked the team of dedicated doctors and nurses for their attentive care.

He said he had a chat with Nathan’s wife and family, noting that this is a difficult time for them.

“The support and encouragement they have received from so many people means a lot to them. They have been touched by the many messages and good wishes,” he said.

The prime minister also stressed that not many people have done as much for Singapore as Nathan has. “Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” added Lee.

The Office of the Prime Minister said on Sunday that Nathan suffered a stroke that morning, and he was in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the Singapore General Hospital.

Nathan, 92, was the sixth and longest-serving president of Singapore. He was in office for two terms from 1999 to 2011. PNA/Xinhua/