Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of Singapore passes away
First Prime Minister (PM) of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew passed away on 23 March 2015. He was 91.
Mr. Lee is described as the ‘founding father’ and ‘architect’ of modern Singapore. He is also considered as pioneer for transforming the island country from a small port city into a wealthy global hub after its independence from United Kingdom and separation from Malaysia.
About Lee Kuan Yew
- He was born in Singapore on 16 September 1923 as a British subject.
- Lee Kuan Yew had studied law at Cambridge University and had graduated with double First Class Honours.
- In 1954, Mr. Lee co-founded the People’s Action Party (PAP) and was its first Secretary-General. He had led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990.
- He was elected as First Prime Minister of Singapore in 1959. Since then he had served as PM of country for 31 years and had stepped down in 1990. He also had overseen the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965.
- During his regime, Mr. Lee had stressed on combined market-friendly policies with strict controls over the free speech and press.
- Even after stepping down as leader, Mr. Lee was holding a cabinet level post till 2011 and was active in decision making process. He was a member of parliament until his death.