Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee_Kuan_Yew in 2002

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew has provided the recipe for Singapore’s success. He said, ‘I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters-who your neighbor is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what people think.’

Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore for more than thirty years and his passing prompted many world leaders to pay their respects to him. President Barack Obama called him a ‘true giant of history and the father of modern Singapore. ’ David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, spoke of Mr. Lee and Margaret Thatcher in the same vein, as great state persons that were committed to change. 

Henry Kissinger said of Lee, ‘he has become a seminal figure for all of us. I have not learned as much from anybody as I have from Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. He made himself an indispensible friend of the United States, not primarily by the power he represented, but by the quality of his thinking.’ Tony Blair says that Lee was the smartest leader he ever met. But it was the ordinary people that spoke of the contributions of Lee. He was seen as the father of Singapore by many and there were those that described him as ‘the king of Singapore.’

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  • rohanalexnarine  On 04/09/2015 at 2:35 pm

    hopefully other developing countries can learn from his examples

  • Leslie Chin  On 09/13/2015 at 2:32 am

    Singapore is what Guyana could have been. Singapore has none of the natural resources of Guyana but has been able to prosper as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious society that lives in harmony with each other.

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