Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91

SINGAPORE, 23 Mar: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state’s rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial center, died early on Monday, aged 91, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

1

“Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 A.M,” a statement said.

Lee, a Cambridge-educated lawyer, is widely credited with building Singapore into one of the world’s wealthiest nations on a per capita basis with a strong, pervasive role for the state and little patience for dissent.

He co-founded the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has ruled Singapore since 1959 and led the newly born country when it was separated from Malaysia in 1965. – Reuters

NS

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.