Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore's guiding light

The founding father of Singapore and its first Prime Minister oversaw the separation of the country from Malaysia.

After a short illness, he passed away on March 23, 2015 at 3.18 a.m. at the Singapore General Hospital.

Mr. Lee co-founded the People's Action Party (PAP), which has ruled Singapore since 1959 and led the newly born country when it was separated from Malaysia in 1965.

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Lee Kuan Yew

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, often described as the "shrewdest politician of the region," was the head of Singapore's Government since 1959. Here is a profile of Mr. Lee published in The Hindu on May 16, 1969. > Read more

>‘Lee Kuan Yew didn’t dislike India, he was disappointed by India’

New employment law in Singapore

As Prime Minister, Mr. Lee brought in several reforms aimed at ending Singapore's dependence on Malayan trade and making the city state a manufacturing power house. Here is a report in The Hindu on June 25, 1960 on some of the earlier reforms.

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Stepping aside to corner more power?

On November 28, 1990 after 31 years at the helm of affairs, Mr. Lee handed in his resignation as the Prime Minister of Singapore. He was then the world’s longest-serving Prime Minister. Here is a report from The Hindu of December 2, 1990 analysing his decision to step down.
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  • Born in Singapore on September 16, 1923. Lee came from a middle-class Chinese Hakka family which had been established in Singapore since his great grandfather migrated to the island in the mid-19th century.
  • November 12, 1954: Together with a group of fellow English-educated middle-class men, Lee formed the ‘socialist’ People’s Action Party (PAP) in alliance with the pro-communist trade unionists.
  • May 30, 1959: National elections held, in which PAP won 43 of the 51 seats. Singapore gained self-government with autonomy in all matters except defence and foreign affairs.
  • June 3, 1959: Lee became the first Prime Minister of Singapore.
  • September 16, 1963: Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak merge and Malaysia was formed.
  • August 9, 1965: Singapore exits Federation of Malaysia, at Malaysia’s invitation, amid political and ethnic tensions. Parliament of Singapore passed the Republic of Singapore Independence Act, making itself a sovereign republic.
  • November 28, 1990: After leading the PAP to victory in seven elections, Lee stepped down on, handing over the prime ministership to Goh Chok Tong.

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