Southeast Asian nation builder, Singaporean PM Lee Kuan Yew

15 08 2008

https://i0.wp.com/www.bloredom.de/wordpress/wp-content/gallery/2007-03-01-lee-kuan-yew/542px-lee_kuan_yew.jpgLee Kuan Yew towers over other Asian leaders on the international stage yet comes from one of the region’s smallest countries.

Fists flying, he immersed himself in a world of communists, labor organizers, gangsters and intelligence operatives, emerging in 1959 as Prime Minister–with his enemies all knocked out of the ring.

He was regularly re-elected from 1959 until he stepped down in 1990.

Under his guidance, Singapore became a financial and industrial powerhouse despite a lack of abundant natural resources.

Times Asia describes him as,

“a man of great intelligence, with no patience for mediocrity; a man of integrity, with an relentless urge to smite opponents; a man who devours foreign news but has little tolerance for a disrespectful press at home.”

Lee industrialized the country and made Singapore the most prosperous nation in Southeast Asia. He helped Singapore achieve self-government and, running as an anticolonialist and anticommunist, was elected prime minister in 1959. His numerous reforms included the emancipation of women.

Source
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore
http://www.who2.com/leekuanyew.html
http://www.time.com/time/asia/asia/magazine/1999/990823/lee1.html
Image from: http://www.time.com/time/asia/asia/magazine/1999/990823/lee1.html
http://www.answers.com/topic/lee-kuan-yew

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