Lee Kuan Yew

Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore (June 5, 1951 to November 28, 1990)

Lee Kuan Yew was born in Singapore on September 16, 1923 to a wealthy Chinese family. As a boy, he excelled in his studies and demonstrated great potential. His political philosophy took root during the Japanese occupation of Singapore as he became aware that the nation deserved freedom from servitude and foreign domination. His ideas developed further in England where he mastered law study in the University of Cambridge and returned to Singapore in 1950.

Though he practiced law and established his own law firm he was always more interested in politics. In the 1950s he became acquainted with fellow English-educated middle-class men who shared his views and finally formed a political party, the People’s Action Party [PAP] in November 1954 when Lee became its secretary-general. When Singapore attained self-government from the British in 1959, Lee took up the first Prime Minister position.

Under Lee Kuan Yew’s office, Singapore enjoyed political stability and rapid economical growth. These are direct results of his ultimate authority, zeal for law and order, and effective policies. Known as the architect of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew served as the country’s Prime Minister until 1990 and has remained influential in the government of his successors up to date. It is not a stretch to say they he is the seminal figure with a business insights global view behind Singapore’s rise to what it is today: a financial and industrial powerhouse, one of the most developed countries in Asia, as well as a harmonious multiracial, multicultural society.

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