Singapore former PM Lee Kuan Yew passes away at age of 91

 

 

 

File photo taken on March 20, 2013 shows Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew

speaking at the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore.   Photo by Then Chih Wey

 

 

 

SINGAPORE  |  2015-03-23 04:37:14

 

Singapore former PM

Lee Kuan Yew

passes away at age of 91

 

By Ma Yujie

 

 

Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore, died at 3:18 am on Monday of March 23 at the age of 91, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office ( PMO) on Monday.

Lee passed away “peacefully”, the statement said.

Lee had been in hospital for severe pneumonia since February 5. PMO said his condition was “slightly improved” on February 28, but worsened due to an infection on March 17. His condition had hence remained “critically ill” until PMO issued a statement at noon on Saturday, saying that his condition had again “worsened”.

His ill health had prevented him from attending public and constituency events in recent months. His latest appearances were at the People’s Action Party’s 60th anniversary celebrations in November last year and his constituency’s Tree Planting Day earlier the same month.

As a MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Group Representation Constituency), he also attended Tanjong Pagar GRC’s National Day dinner in August 2014.

Lee, also known as Singapore’s founding father, was born in September 1923. He served as the prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, and later served as a senior minister and minister mentor after stepping down from the first chair.

 

 

People mourn over the death of Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore, at the central

hospital of Singapore, on March 23, 2015.   Photos by Bao Xuelin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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File photo taken on April 27, 2011 shows Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew raising

his arms in victory after being declared the winner of Tanjong Pagar Group Representative

Constituency at the close of Nomination Day.   Photo by Then Chih Wey

 

File photo taken on August 6, 2013 shows Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew

attending his new book launch at Singapore’s Istana.   Photo by Then Chih Wey

 

File photo taken on August 9, 2013 shows Lee Kuan Yew attending the National Day Parade at the

Float Marina Bay in Singapore.   Photo by Then Chih Wey

 

 

 

 

PROFILE  |  2015-03-23 05:12:27

 

Singapore’s former prime minister

Lee Kuan Yew

 

By Ma Yujie

 

 

Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore and one of the most influential political figures in Asia, passed away at the age of 91 on Monday morning of March 23.

Lee served as Singapore’s prime minister from 1959 till 1990.

Born in September 1923 into a family of Chinese descent, Lee did well in high school and later majored in law at Cambridge.

He married Kwa Geok Choo in 1950 and they have two sons and a daughter. His eldest son Lee Hsien Loong became the third prime minister of Singapore in August 2004.

Lee had a fairly tough experience during the Japanese occupation of Singapore from 1942 to 1945.

Lee, who returned to Singapore in 1949 as a lawyer, helped with local elections and also worked as a legal advisor to labor unions.

In November 1954, Lee, together with a group of fellow English- educated middle class men, formed the socialist People’s Action Party (PAP), and Lee served as its secretary-general.

Lee won the Tanjong Pagar seat in the 1955 elections. He led the PAP to a national election victory in 1959 and was sworn in as the prime minister of the autonomous government.

In September 1963, Singapore became part of Malaysia in a short- lived union. In August 1965, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia, and hence the Republic of Singapore was created.

Lee served as the prime minister of Singapore till 1990 when he handed over power to Goh Chok Tong.

Lee tried to create a unique Singaporean identity in the early decades of the republic by recognizing the multiracial reality and stress multicultural harmony.

He stressed the rule of law and clean government.

Lee remained a member of the cabinet as senior minister and, later, minister mentor before stepping down in 2011.

Lee was active in recent years attending dialogue sessions and fora and writing books to “disseminate his wisdom.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |  2015-03-23 09:38:24

 

China mourns death of

former Singaporean PM

Lee Kuan Yew

 

By Hou Lijun

 

 

China on Monday of March 23 mourned the death of former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, calling him a statesman of unique influence in Asia.

Lee is a strategist with both oriental values and international visions,Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said in a written statement.

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father, served as the country’s prime minister from 1959 to 1990 and then as a senior minister and minister mentor. He died early Monday local time at the age of 91.

As a founder of China-Singapore relations, Lee had been committed to the promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation and made historical contribution for the establishment and development of bilateral ties, said Hong.

China expresses deep grief on the passing of Lee and conveys sincere condolences to his family as well as the Singaporean government and people, said Hong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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