Lee sad to see Soeharto not getting honours that he deserves
"I feel sad to see a very old friend with whom I had worked closely over the last 30 years, not really getting the honors that he deserves," Lee told journalists for Singapore media after the visit, according to a Channel News Asia report as quoted by Reuters.
"Yes, there was corruption. Yes, he gave favors to his family and his friends. But there was real growth and real progress," Lee was quoted as saying.
"I think the people of Indonesia are lucky. They had a general in charge, had a team of competent administrators including a very good team of economists."
Lee, 84, flew in from Singapore especially to see Suharto at Pertamina Hospital and to pray for the latter`s recuperation.
During his 15-minute visit to Pertamina, Lee was accompanied by Singapore`s Ambassador to Indonesia Ashok Mirpuri, Indonesia`s former minister/state secretary Moerdiono and the hospital`s acting president director Djoko Sanjoto.
Visitors not allowed to see critically ill Soeharto
Visitors have not been allowed to see critically ill Soeharto directly
because the former president has been suffering from multiple-organ
failure since last Friday.
Doctors battle to save Soeharto, Mahathir to visit his bedside
Doctors were battling on Monday to save the life of former Indonesian
President Soeharto, who remains critically ill, while another of
Southeast Asia's long-serving leaders was due to visit his bedside.
Doctor gives Indonesia`s Suharto "only 50-50 chance"
Indonesia's former president Suharto, who ruled the country for more
than three decades, is in a "very critical condition" after almost all
his organ functions failed, his doctor told a news conference on Sunday.