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Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew is considered the founding father of modern Singapore. Born Harry Lee Kuan Yew in September 1923, he governed Singapore over three decades and oversaw its separation from Malaysia, transforming it from a relatively underdeveloped British colonial outpost with no natural resources into a "First World" Asian Tiger. His People's Action Party won eight back-to-back electoral victories until he stepped aside in 1990. Lee stepped down from government in 2011. Lee died on March 23, 2015.


Singapore police arrest teenage activist behind anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

17-year-old Singapore amateur actor Amos Yee made insensitive comments on Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity. Photo: YouTube

A 17-year-old Singapore amateur actor who appeared in a video clip celebrating the death of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has been detained by police, local media reported.

Monday, 30 March, 2015, 4:58pm 23 comments

Beijing sees only a distorted version of the Singapore model

People in Singapore observe a minute's silence on Sunday to mourn the late Lee Kuan Yew. Through competitive elections, Singaporean voters have the power to decide if the PAP should stay in power. Photo: AFP

The death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father, offers an occasion to reflect on his legacy - and, perhaps more importantly, on whether that legacy has been correctly understood.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:21pm 4 comments

Focus on Lee Kuan Yew's achievements may give boost to Singapore's People's Action Party

Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters

Support for the party founded by Lee has waned in recent years, with its share of the vote falling to a historic low of 60 per cent in May 2011. But all that could be set to change. 

30 Mar 2015 - 4:25pm

Lee Kuan Yew eulogised as a 'leader, not a populist politician'

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the casket of his father and former leader Lee Kuan Yew is carried off during the funeral service. Photo: Reuters

Lee Kuan Yew was a more caring and open leader than the severe and ruthless persona portrayed by critics, said those who mourned him at a state funeral.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:00pm

Lee Kuan Yew, a true economist

Economics is all about achieving the best, subject to constraints. Lee Kuan Yew recognised and respected the constraints of the real world.

Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore," his son, Lee Hsien Loong rightly remarked. To understand what this brilliant man achieved, we must look at Singapore itself. From the founding of Singapore as a nation in 1965 to 2014, its real gross domestic product expanded by 37.9 times. This fact alone would guarantee Singapore a place in the league of miracle states.

29 Mar 2015 - 9:01pm 3 comments

Singapore says final farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew

The body of Lee Kuan Yew is transferred atop a gun carriage as they leave Parliament House during a funeral procession. Photo: AFP

When Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore prime minister in 1988, he declared: 'Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.'

30 Mar 2015 - 6:48pm 45 comments

Kim Jong-un impersonator disrupts Hong Kong broadcast of Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

Howard holds up a small sign as he takes to the stage at Central Plaza, before he was swiftly bundled away.

The sombre mood at a Hong Kong viewing of the live broadcast of Lee Kuan Yew's state funeral on Sunday was momentarily broken by a Kim Jong-un impersonator and activist.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:51pm 20 comments

Beijing's lessons from the Lee Kuan Yew school of governance

Beijing's lessons from the Lee Kuan Yew school of governance

The death of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew has received such extensive coverage on the mainland that one might think he was one of China's own.

29 Mar 2015 - 8:07am 10 comments

Mass turnout expected for Lee Kuan Yew's state funeral

Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state, and Ho Ching, wife of Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong, at Parliament House yesterday. Photo: AFP

After an emotionally charged week of mourning, hundreds of thousands in Singapore are expected to line the streets today to send off Lee Kuan Yew, their first prime minister.

29 Mar 2015 - 4:32am 1 comment

Sense of loss over Lee Kuan Yew bridges Singapore's generations

A tearful Singaporean mother and her daughters tell the media what Lee Kuan Yew, the nation's first premier, meant to them. Photo: Reuters

Lee Kuan Yew bonded with older Singaporeans because they went through the same trials and trauma of war, and merger with and then separation from Malaysia. But those aged below 25 never knew him as their prime minister.

28 Mar 2015 - 9:41pm 1 comment

China’s Vice-President Li Yuanchao to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

Vice-President Li Yuanchao will attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

Vice-President Li Yuanchao will be the most senior Chinese official to attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore, while President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will not attend, Beijing has confirmed.

28 Mar 2015 - 3:04am 1 comment

Lee Kuan Yew’s one-time nemesis, ex-Malaysian PM, breaks silence to pay tribute

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad expressed sadness at Lee Kuan Yew's passing. Photo: AFP

Former Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today said he was “saddened” by the passing of Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

28 Mar 2015 - 7:12am 5 comments

Hong Kong loyalists pining for a firm hand, à la Lee Kuan Yew, should think again

Singaporeans heading to Parliament House to pay their respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew. The widespread mourning of his death is genuine. Photo: AP

The death of the Singaporean patriarch Lee Kuan Yew has predictably led to a flurry of commentaries lamenting the lack of similarly firm leadership here in Hong Kong.

27 Mar 2015 - 12:25pm 5 comments

Lee Kuan Yew was not an autocrat and accepted valid criticism, say political rivals

Workers' Party Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang claimed "many Singaporeans were sacrificed" under PAP's one-party rule, and that "Mr Lee did what was right, but silencing opposition has risked disconnecting Singaporeans from their own society."

Lee Kuan Yew was not as autocratic as he was made out to be, and was willing to accept criticism if it was valid, his political friends and rivals said at a special sitting of Singapore’s Parliament in tribute to the Southeast Asian country’s founding father. 

27 Mar 2015 - 1:06am 3 comments

New Zealand politician recalls hairy moment in Singapore amid tributes to Lee Kuan Yew

Phil Goff told how he was forced to get a haircut when he visited Singapore in the 1970s. Photo: AFP

A veteran New Zealand politician has recalled a hairy moment he experienced in Singapore that made his mother a particular fan of the late Singapore founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.

26 Mar 2015 - 5:49pm