Lee Kwan Yew

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Lee Kwan Yew

Former Prime Minister of Singapore

Lee Kwan-Yew is known as Minister Mentor in Singapore, and was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990.

In 1954, Lee and a group of fellow English-educated, middle-class men formed the socialist People's Action Party (PAP), to agitate for self-government for Singapore and an end to British colonialism. Five years later, in 1959, Lee was elected as the first Prime Minister of Singapore, replacing the former Chief Minister of Singapore, David Saul Marshall.

He was regularly re-elected until… 

Lee Kwan-Yew is known as Minister Mentor in Singapore, and was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990.

In 1954, Lee and a group of fellow English-educated, middle-class men formed the socialist People's Action Party (PAP), to agitate for self-government for Singapore and an end to British colonialism. Five years later, in 1959, Lee was elected as the first Prime Minister of Singapore, replacing the former Chief Minister of Singapore, David Saul Marshall.

He was regularly re-elected until November 1990, when he stepped down and assumed the post of senior minister in the government cabinet. During the three decades in which Lee was in office, Singapore grew from a Third World country into a financial and economical powerhouse, despite its lack of natural resources and small population. This economic success of an embryonic nation of immigrants was built upon its political unity, which is the difficult accomplishment of Lee's leadership. Without a shared culture, forging unity required firm policies for which he has been criticised as authoritarian.

Lee Kuan Yew has written down his memoirs in The Singapore Story, which covers his view of Singapore's history until its separation from Malaysia in 1965. His other book gives an account of Singapore's transformation from a third-world country to a prosperous nation today.
 

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