Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew, the architect of Singapore – the city State – and its Prime Minister for 31 years, is no more. He died Monday morning at Singapore general Hospital at the age of 91. He was suffering from pneumonia and was on life support system.
Singapore will observe one week of mourning. A State funeral for the departed leaders has been announced for March 29.
Lee will be remembered for the leading role he had played in freeing Singapore from British rule and its bifurcation from Malaysia. He ruled Singapore with an iron fist and with firm determination catapulted singapore to a level where it remains above competition when it comes to all round development, ecoomic progress and welfare of the people. One streak of a drawback with him was that he had clamped down on freedom of speech and was ruthless with his political opponents.
“As the co-founder and first Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP), he led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990, and oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965 and its subsequent transformation from a relatively underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a “First World” Asian Tiger. He was one of the most influential political figures in Asia.
Singapore’s second prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, appointed him Senior Minister in 1990. He held the advisory post of Minister Mentor, created by his son Lee Hsien Loong, when the latter became the nation’s third prime minister in August 2004. With successive ministerial positions over 50 years, Lee was also one of history’s longest-serving ministers. On 14 May 2011, Lee and Goh announced their retirement from the cabinet after the 2011 general election but Lee remained a Member of Parliament.” (Source, wikipedia: Lee Kuan Yew)