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Lee Kuan Yew




Singapore, British Empire


September 16, 1923

Senior Minister

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong (1990 - 2004)

Preceded by S. Rajaratnam

Succeeded by Goh Chok Tong

Lee Kuan Yew (born 16 September 1923; also Lee Kwan-Yew) is a Singaporean politician. He was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990.

He was the co-founder and first secretary-general of the People's Action Party (PAP), and led the party to a landslide victory in 1959. During his leadership, Singapore separated from the Federation of Malaysia in 1965 and grew from an  underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a Asian Tiger. He has remained one of the most influential political figures in South-East Asia.

Under Singapore's second prime minister Goh Chok Tong, Lee served as Senior Minister. He is currently Minister Mentor, a post created when his son Lee Hsien Loong became the nation's third prime minister on 12 August 2004.

On 13 September 2008, Lee, 84, underwent successful treatment for abnormal heart rhythm (atrial flutter) at Singapore General Hospital, but he was still able to address a philanthropy forum via video link from hospital. "Singapore's Lee Kwan Yew hospitalized", International Herald Tribune, Paris, 13 September 2008.