Former President of Singapore S R Nathan suffered a stroke on Apr 14, his family said in a statement on Wednesday (Apr 22).
The statement reads as follows: “Former President S R Nathan suffered a stroke last Tuesday 14 April and was admitted to hospital. He is recovering and is now undergoing therapy.”
Mr Nathan, 90, is now recovering at the Singapore General Hospital.
On Wednesday evening, Dr Tony Tan shared on Facebook that he and his wife “were both very concerned” when they learnt that Mr Nathan was warded last Tuesday for “haemorrhage in the brain”.
“We are relieved that his condition has since stabilised. When we visited him at the hospital earlier this week, we were happy to see that he was in good spirits and looking forward to being discharged,” he added. “We wish Mr Nathan a speedy and full recovery and the very best of health.”
Mr Nathan was the sixth and longest-serving President in Singapore, and was in office for two terms from 1999 to 2011. He officially stepped down as President on Aug 31, 2011 after announcing that he would not seek a third term in office. He was succeeded by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
After stepping down as President, Mr Nathan took up appointments as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and at the Singapore Management University’s School of Social Sciences.
Prior to becoming President, he held key positions in the civil service, in security, intelligence and foreign affairs. He was appointed as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia in 1988 and later Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States of America from 1990 to 1996.
He also served as Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large, and later pro-chancellor of the National University of Singapore.