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Lee Kuan Yew

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew

Profession: Founder of Modern Singapore


Biography: Known as the founding father of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew was one of the most influential political figures in Asia. As the first Prime Minister of Singapore, he governed for over three decades (1959-90).

The co-founder and first Secretary-General of the People's Action Party (PAP), Lee led the party to eight victories 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.

With successive ministerial positions over 50 years, Lee was also one of history's longest-serving ministers. On 14th May 2011, Lee finally announced his retirement from the cabinet but Lee remained a Member of Parliament up until his death.

Born: September 16, 1923
Birthplace: , Singapore

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: March 23, 2015 (aged 91)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

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Married Life

  • 1950-09-30 First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (27) weds lawyer Kwa Geok Choo (29) in Singapore

Historical Events

  • 1954-11-12 Lee Kuan Yew and others form the People's Action Party (PAP) in Singapore to work towards self-rule in Singapore
  • 1959-06-05 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister
  • 1965-08-07 Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore signs a separation agreement with Malaysia, after 2 years of political union
  • 1990-11-28 Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew resigns, ending his term as Singapore's longest-serving Prime Minister

Quotes by Lee Kuan Yew

  • "For me, it is a moment of anguish. All my life, my whole adult life, I have believed in merger and unity of the two territories." - Malaysia, Singapore

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