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Singapore's Founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, Passes at 91

March 24, 2015

Published on Mar 24, 2015


Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away yesterday, according to a statement from the prime minister's office. He was 91 years old.

Lee, Singapore's prime minister from 1965 to 1990, is considered the "founding father" of Singapore. His efforts took the island-state from what was then a colony to a present day Southeast Asian powerhouse nation.

"In the end, my greatest satisfaction in life comes from the fact that I have spent years gathering support, mustering the will to make this place meritocratic, corruption-free and equal for all races - and that it will endure beyond me, as it has," is what Lee had proclaimed in One Man's View of the World, a book penned by the former Prime Minister.


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