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Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore died

Mar 23, 2015 13:13 IST

Lee Kuan YewLee Kuan Yew, the statesman and founding father of Singapore died on 23 March 2015 at the Singapore General Hospital. He was 91.

Yew, who in 1959 became the first Prime Minister of Singapore, was widely recognised as the founding father of modern Singapore and also the Architect of Modern Singapore. He transformed Singapore from a small port city and a malaria-infested backwater to a wealthy global hub.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared a period of National Mourning from 23 March to 29 March 2015.

Lee Kuan Yew
• He served as the city-state's prime minister for 31 years and continued to work in government until 2011
• Lee stepped down as Prime Minister of Singapore in 1990 by handing over the power to Goh Chok Ting, who appointed him Senior Minister in 1990
• He was a member of Singapore parliament until his death
• He was the co-founder of the People’s Action Party (PAP), which ruled the Singapore since 1959
• He and his party oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia on 9 August 1965 which was a part of Malaysia since 16 September 1963.
• Singapore is a city-state which received independence from the United Kingdom on 31 August 1963.
• Lee Kuan Yew was born as Harry Lee Kuan Yew on 16 September 1923

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