Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was hospitalized for an infection and is recovering, according to his press secretary.
Lee, 90, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Sunday with fever and a bad cough, and is currently on antibiotics, according to the e-mailed statement today. He will miss a Chinese New Year dinner in his constituency scheduled for this evening, according to the statement.
“He has been advised by his doctors to avoid public appearances,” according to the statement.
The father of current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was hospitalized for two days in February 2013 for a condition with stroke-like symptoms linked to a prolonged irregular heartbeat. He was hospitalized in September 2010 for a chest infection and had a pacemaker implanted in 2008 after suffering from an irregular heartbeat.
Lee, the Cambridge University-trained lawyer who led the island since independence from British rule, crafted a legacy of encouraging foreign investment, averting corruption and emphasizing discipline, efficiency and interracial harmony. He stepped down in 1990 after 31 years as prime minister, handing power to Goh Chok Tong. The younger Lee took over from Goh as the nation’s third prime minister in 2004.
The elder Lee stayed on in the cabinet under Goh and his son, and resigned in May 2011 after the ruling party he co-founded won the general election with the smallest margin of popular vote since independence in 1965.
Lee attended a Parliament sitting on Jan. 20.