On Thursday, Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Finance Minister slumped during a cabinet meeting. It is speculated that the Minister will be the nation’s prime minister in the nearest future.
Reports say that when he slumped, 3 medical doctors in the cabinet attended to him before he was rushed to the Hospital. Heng Swee Keat has currently undergone a corrective surgery and is now recouping in the intensive care unit of Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
The stroke has been linked to the weakening of blood vessels, other wise known as aneurysm.
“He underwent initial neurosurgery to relieve pressure in his brain due to the bleeding. Mr Heng will remain under close monitoring in the intensive care unit of Tan Tock Seng Hospital.”– Prime Minister’s Office
With immediate effect, his official duties are being temporarily handled by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. In his statement on social media, the Prime minister acknowledges him as “a valuable member of my team.”
The President and prominent members of the government have expressed their heartfelt goodwill wishes to Heng Swee Keat on Facebook.
“Let us pray and wish him a speedy and complete recovery. He is a core member of the fourth-generation leadership team. We need him.”- Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong
As goodwill messages flock in, so also has the Law Minister, K Shanmugam admitted that Heng Swee Keat, “one of Singapore’s finest sons, and a leader with much promise”, was overburdened with his work load.
It is refreshing to see the outburst of concerns for a leader. This proves that the personality in question is indeed a reputable figure in the Singaporean government.
Heng, a member of the People’s Action Party, has served well in several capacities in the government. As a matter of fact, Singapore will not be surprised to have him as the next prime minister. The nation wishes him a speedy recovery.