March 19, 2015 / 3:38 AM / 3 years ago

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in intensive care

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, remains critically ill in intensive care, the prime minister’s office said on Thursday.

Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, in this October 29, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

Seen as the founding father of modern Singapore, which he led from 1959 until 1990, the 91-year-old Lee has been in hospital with severe pneumonia since Feb. 5.

“Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the ICU,” said a statement from the prime minister’s office.

The latest update on Lee’s failing health followed an incident on Wednesday night when screenshots of a website bearing the faked logo of the prime minister’s office and falsely announcing his death circulated on social media.

The prime minister’s office has since lodged a police report about the website, local media reported.

Lee, an iconic political figure in Asia, is widely credited with transforming Singapore from a sleepy British colonial outpost into a financial powerhouse with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.

Although he has receded from the public and political scene, his health is watched closely as he is still seen as an influential figure for the current government. His son, Lee Hsien Loong, has been prime minister since 2004.

Reporting by Anshuman Daga and Rujun Shen; Editing by Alex Richardson

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