Founding Father of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew Dies at 91

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lee Kuan Yew dies on March 23, 2015 at Singapore General Hospital, where he had been warded over a month for pneumonia while his condition deteriorated. He died at the age of 91.

Lee Kuan Yew Died

Singaporean politician Lee Kuan Yew died at the age of 91.

Lee Kuan Yew, born as Harry Lee Kuan Yew was a Singaporean politician, and the only leader known to bring an entire country from third-world to first-world status in a single generation. He was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades. He was widely respected as the architect of Singapore’s prosperity. He is recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore.

However, under him freedom of speech was tightly restricted and political opponents were targeted by the courts. According to Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, “Lee Kuan Yew’s tremendous role in Singapore’s economic development is beyond doubt, but it also came at a significant cost for human rights. And today’s restricted freedom of expression, self-censorship and stunted multiparty democracy is also a part of his legacy that Singapore now needs to overcome“.

On the other hand, Mr. Thirupathi, the engineer from India who stood in the grieving line wearing an I Love Singapore T-shirt, said Mr. Lee’s priorities had been right. He said, “As long as you are economically well off, with housing and food, who cares about the politics? I would much rather live in a country like this than a place where you have every freedom in the world, but you are hungry“.

Meanwhile, in an emotional televised address, his son Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to him.

He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another man like him“.

A state funeral will be held on March 29, after a week of mourning.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply saddened” by Mr Lee’s death. While, US President Barack Obama described him as a “giant of history”. The Chinese foreign ministry called him “a uniquely influential statesman in Asia”.

Mr. Lee kuan Yew oversaw Singapore’s independence from Britain and separation from Malaysia. He had been in hospital for several weeks with pneumonia and was on life support. His death was announced early on Monday.

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