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Lee Kuan Yew

(lē kwän yo͞o, yü), 1923–2015, prime minister of SingaporeSingapore
, officially Republic of Singapore, republic (2005 est. pop. 4,426,000), 299 sq mi (774 sq km). It consists of the island of Singapore and about 60 small adjacent islands at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, SE Asia.
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 (1959–90). Educated in England, he obtained a law degree from Cambridge Univ. in 1949 and in 1954 founded the moderately leftist People's Action party. In 1959, when Singapore achieved full independence from Great Britain, Lee became its first prime minister; in 1963 he led Singapore into the Federation of MalaysiaMalaysia
, independent federation (2005 est. pop. 23,953,000), 128,430 sq mi (332,633 sq km), Southeast Asia. The official capital and by far the largest city is Kuala Lumpur; Putrajaya is the adminstrative capital.
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, but political unrest caused it to withdraw in 1965. A republic was proclaimed, with Lee Kuan Yew continuing as prime minister. Pragmatic and incorruptible, Lee ran a tightly controlled welfare state with an economy based in private enterprise. Largely through Lee's efforts the island nation became a thriving center of international business and finance as he encouraged foreign investment while strongly discouraging political dissent. He also stressed discipline, correct public behavior, opposition to drugs, English education, and interracial tolerance. The longest serving prime minister in the world, Lee was lauded for overseeing the economic growth that transformed Singapore from a poor port to one of Asia's wealthiest and least corrupt nations, but he was criticized for his repressive policies. Lee resigned as prime minister in 1990 but continued in the government in the posts of senior minister (1990–2004) and minister mentor (2004–11). His eldest son, Lee Hsien LoongLee Hsien Loong
, 1952–, prime minister of Singapore (2004–). The eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, Lee was educated at Cambridge and Harvard while also serving (beginning in 1974) in Singapore's armed forces.
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, has also served as prime minister of Singapore.


See his The Singapore Story: Memoirs (1998) and From Third World to First: The Singapore Story, 1965–2000 (2000).

Lee Kuan Yew


Born Sept. 16,1923, in Singapore. Statesman of Singapore.

Lee was educated as a lawyer. He began his law practice in Singapore in 1951. Between 1951 and 1959 he was involved in the labor union movement. In 1954 he was elected general secretary of the People’s Action Party. In 1955 he became a deputy to the Legislative Assembly. After the general elections of 1959, in which the People’s Action Party won a majority, he became prime minister of Singapore.

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En ese momento pense que no podia haber una mejor reivindicacion de Lee Kwan Yew, o del Partido Comunista chino, y de algunos amigos obstinados que suelen repetirme que la democracia seria prohibida si alguna vez amenazara cambiar las cosas.
The question is, are we willing to put our democratic, law-based, capitalist system on the line for the off-chance that Rody Duterte will do to the Philippines what Lee Kwan Yew did for Singapore?
Desde un inicio, Lee Kwan Yew habia dejado en claro que su equipo de trabajo debia comprometerse en una sola meta: hacer sobresalir a Singapur del resto de los paises de la zona.
He models himself after Lee Kwan Yew, the stern leader whose uncanny grasp of economic affairs catapulted Singapore into global prominence and prosperity after he helped the city-state achieve independence in 1959.
With all due respect to Deng Xiaoping, Lee Kwan Yew, Manmohan Singh, and others, without the postindustrial, information-technology-cum-entrepreneurship revolution spreading like a virus out of the United States, their most commendable reforms would not have been enough to mobilize the vast idling reservoirs of human labor in the still-emerging world.
He met Singapore's Prime Minister and founding father, Lee Kwan Yew, and by all accounts was hugely impressed.
At the weekend, the 82-year-old wife of Mr Lee - or Lee Kwan Yew, as the world knows the former "benign dictator" of Singapore - had a stroke in London.
With the 1960s the changes discussed here were introduced which led the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kwan Yew, to describe Australians as "the poor white trash of Asia".
Redstone and Roedy's Asian tour included a Singapore stopover to meet Senior Minister Lee Kwan Yew before hitting Japan for the April 6 relaunch of MTV Japan to 2.
Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu warned former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew on Tuesday not to meddle in Taiwan's relations with China.
In emphasising rapid modernisation, efficiency, free market principles - all done under the guidance of a firm hand - Shaikh Mohammed appears to be adopting to some extent the model of Singapore's senior leader Lee Kwan Yew.