Former Singapore leader stricken by illness

July 1, 2004

MR C. V. Devan Nair, 80, who resigned as president of Singapore in 1985, has been diagnosed as suffering from the early stages of dementia, an ailment that affects his memory.

On March 29, 1999, Mr Nair was quoted in the Globe and Mail alleging that Singapore's founding father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, had Singapore doctors slip hallucinatory drugs to Mr Nair to make him appear befuddled. Mr Nair's family has said that, having reviewed the record, there is no basis for this allegation. Mr Nair, now a resident of Hamilton, is no longer able to give evidence in court proceedings.