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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 00:59

The 91-year-old man seen as the founder of modern day Singapore is critically ill in hospital. Paul Chapman reports.

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Lee Kuan Yew, the man hailed as the founder of modern-day Singapore, remains critically ill in intensive care. The 91-year-old's been undergoing treatment for severe pneumonia since early February. He's moved out of the political and public limelight but is still regarded as an influential figure in the current government. He's widely credited for Singapore's transformation from mosquito-infested swamp under British colonial rule to a financial powerhouse. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TONG CHOO, 71-YEAR-OLD SINGAPOREAN RESIDENT, SAYING: "He's done a lot for Singapore and Singapore is what it is today because of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and everybody should remember that." (SOUNDBITE) (English) STACY, 14-YEAR-OLD SINGAPOREAN RESIDENT, SAYING: "I think he shaped Singapore very well, like what I learned in social studies. He did quite a lot of stuff that makes Singapore a better environment to live in." The office of the current prime minister, Lee's son, has lodged a complaint about a website said to have falsely announced his death on Wednesday.

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Singapore icon 'critical'

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 00:59