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Singapore says 91-year-old founding father Lee Kuan Yew's condition has deteriorated further

  • FILE - In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore. The condition of Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has deteriorated further at the hospital where he's been treated for about six weeks, the government said Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    FILE - In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore. The condition of Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has deteriorated further at the hospital where he's been treated for about six weeks, the government said Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore. Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister Lee Kuan Yew died Monday, the prime minister's office said. He was 91. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    FILE - In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore. Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister Lee Kuan Yew died Monday, the prime minister's office said. He was 91. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Well wishers brave heavy rain to place flowers and messages of support for Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Singapore General Hospital where he has been warded for the last 6 weeks on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Singapore. As the health of Lee deteriorated on the weekend, thousands of Singaporeans visited his hospital and a community center to leave flowers, gifts and emotional messages of support. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

    Well wishers brave heavy rain to place flowers and messages of support for Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Singapore General Hospital where he has been warded for the last 6 weeks on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Singapore. As the health of Lee deteriorated on the weekend, thousands of Singaporeans visited his hospital and a community center to leave flowers, gifts and emotional messages of support. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)  (The Associated Press)

The condition of Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has deteriorated further at the hospital where he's been treated for about six weeks, the government said Wednesday.

Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 for severe pneumonia and was later put on life support.

The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement Wednesday that Lee "remains critically ill in the ICU and has deteriorated further."

On Tuesday, it had said that Lee's "condition has worsened due to an infection. He is on antibiotics. The doctors are closely monitoring his condition."

Singapore's first prime minister, Lee ruled for 31 years until 1990, and has been credited with transforming the city-state from a sleepy tropical port to a wealthy, bustling financial hub with one of the highest average incomes in the world.

Under Lee and his successors, including his son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore — known for its ban on chewing gum sales and canings for crimes some countries would rule as minor — has strictly controlled public speech and assembly, though it has become socially more liberal and allowed greater artistic freedom in recent years.

Lee commands immense respect among Singaporeans, who this year will celebrate the country's 50th independence anniversary.