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Lee Kuan Yew (born Harry Lee Kuan Yew, 16 September 1923[4] – 23 Mairch 2015), GCMG, CH, wis a Singaporean politeecian.[5][6][7][8] Eften referred tae as the Faither o Singapore or bi the initials LKY, he wis the first Prime Meenister o the Republic o Singapore, govrenin for three decades. He is an aa widely recognised as the foondin faither o modren Singapore.

Lee Kuan Yew

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Meenister Mentor o Singapore Prime Meenister o Singapore
In office
5 June 1959[1] – 28 November 1990
Preses Yusof Ishak
Benjamin Sheares
Devan Nair
Wee Kim Wee
Govrenor Sir William Goode
Depute Toh Chin Chye
Goh Keng Swee
S Rajaratnam
Goh Chok Tong
Ong Teng Cheong
Precedit bi Lim Yew Hock (as Chief Meenister)
Succeedit bi Goh Chok Tong
Meenister Mentor o Singapore
In office
12 August 2004 – 21 Mey 2011
Prime Meenister Lee Hsien Loong
Precedit bi Poseetion established
Succeedit bi Poseetion abolished
2nt Senior Meenister o Singapore
In office
28 November 1990 – 12 August 2004
Prime Meenister Goh Chok Tong
Precedit bi S. Rajaratnam
Succeedit bi Goh Chok Tong
1st Secretar-General o the Fowk's Action Pairty
In office
21 November 1954 – 1 November 1992
Precedit bi Poseetion established
Succeedit bi Goh Chok Tong
Member o Pairlament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC
Tanjong Pagar SMC (1965–1991)
In office
9 August 1965 – 23 Mairch 2015
Precedit bi Parliament established
Succeedit bi Indranee Thurai Rajah
Member o the Legislative Assemmly for Tanjong Pagar
In office
2 Apryle 1955 – 9 August 1965
Precedit bi Constituency established
Succeedit bi Legislative Assemmly renamed tae Pairlament o Singapore
Member o the Malaysie Pairlament for Singapore
In office
2 November 1963[2] – 9 August 1965
1st Leader o the Opposeetion o Singapore
In office
22 Apryle 1955 – 31 Mairch 1959
Precedit bi Poseetion established
Succeedit bi Lim Yew Hock
Personal details
Born Harry Lee Kuan Yew
16 September 1923(1923-09-16)
Singapore, Straits Settlements
Dee'd 23 Mairch 2015(2015-03-23) (aged 91)
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Naitionality Singapore
Poleetical pairty Fowk's Action Pairty
Spoose(s) Kwa Geok Choo (m. 1950; weed. 2010)
Bairns Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Wei Ling
Lee Hsien Yang
Alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Lunnon Schuil o Economics
Thrift Politeecian
Profession Lawyer
Religion None (Agnostic[3])
Awairds JPN Kyokujitsu-sho 1Class BAR.svg (1967)
This is a Cheenese name; the faimlie name is Lee.
Lee Kuan Yew
Cheenese 李光耀

As the co-foonder an first General Secretar o the Fowk's Action Pairty (PAP), he led the pairty tae aicht victories frae 1959 tae 1990, an owersaw the separation o Singapore frae Malaysie in 1965 an its subsequent transformation frae a relatively unnerdeveloped colonial ootpost wi na naitural resoorces intae a "First Warld" Asie Teeger. He is ane o the maist influential poleetical figurs in Asie.[9]

Singapore's seicond prime meenister Goh Chok Tong appointit him Senior Meenister in 1990. He held the advisory post o Meenister Mentor, creatit bi his son Lee Hsien Loong, when the latter acame the naition's third prime meenister in August 2004.[10][11] Wi his successive ministerial poseetions spannin ower 50 years, Lee is an aa ane o history's langest-serving meenisters. On 14 Mey 2011, Lee an Goh Chok Tong annoonced thair retirement frae the cabinet efter the 2011 general election.[12]


  1. "Past Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew". Archived frae the oreeginal on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.  Unkent parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Days of reflection for the man who defined Singapore: A transcript of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's interview with The New York Times". Today. Singapore. 13 September 2010. pp. 14–17. Archived frae the oreeginal on 13 September 2010. 
  4. Lee Kuan Yew (2012). My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey. Singapore: Straits Times Press. ISBN 978-981-4342-03-2. 
  5. Reporter: Peter Day (5 July 2000). "Singapore's elder statesman". From Our Own Correspondent |transcripturl= missing title (help). BBC. World Service.  Unkent parameter |city= ignored (help)
  6. Hume, Tim (20 March 2011). "The lost world of a wild tribe". Sunday Star Times. Auckland, NZ. His memoir sits on display in Singapore airport between biographies of founding statesman Lee Kuan Yew and Donald Rumsfeld 
  7. "Wife of Lee Kuan Yew dies at 89". Bangkok Post. AFP. 2 October 2010. The wife of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, whom the statesman called his "great source of strength and comfort", ... 
  8. "US, Japan must help out Asia, says Kuan Yew". New Sunday Times. Kuala Lumpur. Reuters. 22 January 1998. Singapore's elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew said today ... 
  9. McCarthy, Terry (23 August 1999). "Lee Kuan Yew". Time Asia. Hong Kong. Lee Kuan Yew towers over other Asian leaders on the international stage ... 
  10. "Why it's no change in Singapore". The Guardian. London. 16 August 2004. 
  11. "Singapore told to feel free". The Guardian. London. Associated Press. 13 August 2004. 
  12. "SM Goh, MM Lee to leave Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Singapore. 14 May 2011. 

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