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’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew considered euthanasia in his final years, daughter reveals

Lee Kuan Yew was prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. Photo: AFP

Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew discussed the possibility of euthanasia with his doctors and family in his final years as he struggled with illness and mourned the death of his wife, his daughter revealed.

Tuesday, 11 August, 2015, 8:46am 1 comment

Protesters in Hong Kong demand release of Singaporean teen Amos Yee

Protesters hold placards outside the Admiralty headquarters of the Singapore Consulate. Photo: Nora Tam

Some 50 people from different civic and political groups have protested outside the commercial building in Admiralty where the Singapore Consulate is located, demanding the immediate release of teen blogger Amos Yee, who had been convicted on charges related to posting a video attacking the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

5 Jul 2015 - 8:46pm 39 comments

Leading Singaporeans criticise ‘harsh’ treatment of teenager Amos Yee over online comments

Amos Yee, 16, was convicted in May over online attacks on the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. Photo: AFP

Prominent Singaporean intellectuals, artists and activists have criticised the government’s “harsh” treatment of a teenage boy behind online attacks on the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

5 Jul 2015 - 2:25pm

Singapore teen arrested over Lee Kuan Yew death video pleads 'not guilty' in court

Smiling and snacking on fruit, Singapore blogger Amos Yee, 16, walks with his father (right) to the State courts in Singapore today. Photo: AFP

A Singaporean teenager pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges over an online video he posted that was critical of Christianity and the nation’s late founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

7 May 2015 - 9:04pm

Decision on preserving Lee Kuan Yew's house deferred

The basement room of Lee Kuan Yew's house where founding members of the People's Action Party discussed their plans. Photo: Straits Times

Singapore will honour its first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, by putting him on a special S$50 (HK$300) note, but other ideas such as renaming the airport or preserving his home will have to wait.

16 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm

Singaporean boy behind Lee Kuan Yew death hoax gets ‘stern warning’

Singaporean boy behind Lee Kuan Yew death hoax gets ‘stern warning’

A Singaporean boy behind a hoax that triggered premature reports about the death of Lee Kuan Yew has been let off with a “stern warning” in lieu of charges.

16 Apr 2015 - 4:17pm 4 comments

What lessons can Hong Kong really draw from Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore?

In Singapore, entrepreneurship seemed to wither as foreign and state business dominated the economy. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong and Singapore have diverged in significant ways since Lee Kuan Yew rose to power in the latter, and a comparison isn't always useful.

15 Apr 2015 - 2:00pm 12 comments

Lee Kuan Yew's forte was an open-minded focus on results

Wreaths mourning Lee's death were seen this week in a village in Dabu county in Meizhou, Guangdong, the location of Lee's ancestral home. Photo: Reuters

I have Singaporean relatives by marriage, and last week was a time of mourning for them. The death of their former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was almost like the passing of a close family member. One cut a business trip short on hearing the news in order to go back home to pay respects.

2 Apr 2015 - 12:20pm 6 comments

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter reveals father suffered from Parkinson’s disease

People visit the exhibition "In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew" at National Museum of Singapore. Photo: Xinhua

The daughter of Singapore’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew has revealed that her father suffered from Parkinson’s disease in the last few years of his life.

"He developed Parkinson's disease three years ago which severely limited his mobility,” Lee Wei Ling said at a private cremation service that was held on Sunday, when five family members delivered eulogies. 

1 Apr 2015 - 6:25pm 1 comment

Father of Singapore blogger critical of Lee Kuan Yew apologises for son’s behaviour

Amos Yee (right) is accompanied to court by his father. The teenager compared Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus Christ, and made disparaging remarks about Christians, the police said. Photo: AFP

The father of teenage Singaporean blogger Amos Yee has tearfully apologised for the behaviour of his son, who was charged with offences yesterday over an expletive-laden online critique of Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity.

16 Apr 2015 - 4:18pm 41 comments

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.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:54pm 46 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 10 comments

Singapore's final farewell to Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore's final farewell to Lee Kuan Yew

Singaporeans line the streets in pouring rain to say a final farewell to the city state's first prime minister. 

30 Mar 2015 - 10:30am

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