PM Lee felt unsteady because of heat and dehydration
THE National Day Rally yesterday was suspended after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was taken ill.
He was in the midst of delivering his English speech at the ITE College Central auditorium when the rally was stopped at around 9.20pm.
"PM Lee says please enjoy the reception," Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean told the audience.
He added that Mr Lee would resume his speech later, to applause from the audience.
Speaking to the media, DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam said Mr Lee was feeling fine and taking a rest.
Mr Lee, who has had a tough schedule, has been working very hard, he added.
But he is "in good shape" and "he is strong enough to carry on", DPM Tharman added.
In an update on Mr Lee's Twitter account at 10.22pm, the Prime Minister's Office said Mr Lee had been feeling unsteady because of "prolonged standing, heat and dehydration".
"His heart is fine and he did not have a stroke," the tweet added.
Mr Lee was seen waving to the audience before he walked off the stage with the help of Mr Teo, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Acting Education Minister Ng Chee Meng.
In a statement on his Facebook page at 9.31pm, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said Mr Lee "took ill while speaking at National Day Rally".
"The medical team is attending to him right now. They assess that his condition is not serious," the post added.
PM Lee returned to continue the rally at 10.40pm.