Lee Kuan Yew

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Lee Kuan Yew

(lē kwän yo͞o, yü), 1923–2015, prime minister of SingaporeSingapore
, officially Republic of Singapore, republic (2015 est. pop. 5,535,000), 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 (2015 est. pop. 30,723,000), 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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El Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) per capita de Singapur en 1965 era de 2 mil 650 dolares y cuando Lee Kuan Yew renuncia a sus funciones como primer ministro en 1990, era de 17,394.
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SyNGAPUR (CyHAN)- The bridge linking Merlion Park and the waterfront promenade in front of Esplanade, which was supposed to open next month, was opened on Sunday to allow Singaporeans to bid farewell to Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, said Singapore's National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Tuesday.
Abe told a parliamentary committee that he conveyed his hope for the three-way summit when he briefly spoke with President Park Geun-hye after the state funeral of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani signing the condolence book for Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew yesterday.
Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, son of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, conveyed condolences of Bahrain's leadership to the Singaporean government and people on the death of the founder of modern Singapore and former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
On the other side of the world, Singapore's strong-arm founder Lee Kuan Yew is being laid to rest this weekend after dying at the age of 91.
World Bank Group said its president Jim Yong Kim has issued a statement expressing condolences to the people of Singapore on the passing of the county's former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, and to his son, Lee Hsien Loong, the current prime minister.
Lee Kuan Yew, who died at age 91 on March 23, left an important legacy far beyond the boundaries of his tiny city-state of Singapore.