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6 Jul 2015

Rich Tribute to Honourable Lee Kuan Yew

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The Study Singapore Educational Consultancy deeply remembers Lee Kuan Yew, the statesman who transformed Singapore from a small port city into a wealthy global hub. The popular city-state’s prime minister for 31 years, he was widely regarded as the architect of Singapore’s prosperity. Mr Lee oversaw Singapore’s independence from Britain and separation from Malaysia. According to Study Singapore Educational Consultancy “He fought for independence, built a wealthy nation where there was none, and made proud to be Singaporeans. In a bitter end we won’t see another man like him. He has died at the age of 91.

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Key Dates of Lee Kuan Yew History Review

September 16, 1923: Born into wealthy Chinese family in Singapore
1936-1942: Education at prestigious Raffles Institution and Raffles College
February 15, 1942: Japanese occupation begins in Singapore
February 18-22, 1942: Japanese troops massacre between 50,000 and 100,000 Chinese Singaporeans. Lee observes the occupying army’s brutality up close.
1946: Student at London School of Economics
1947-1949: Law student at Cambridge University
December 23, 1947: Marries Kwa Geok Choo, who was also studying law at Cambridge
1950: Lee passes bar exams in Britain, returns to Singapore and starts practicing law, with trade unions among his clients
1954: Co-founds the People’s Action Party (PAP)
April 1955: Elected to Legislative Assembly for the first time as an opposition MP
1959: PAP wins 43 out of 51 seats in legislative assembly; Singapore is granted limited self-rule by colonial ruler Britain; Lee is sworn in as prime minister at age 35
September 16, 1963: Malaysia and Singapore merge under the Malaysian Federation
August 9, 1965: Singapore is evicted from the Malaysian Federation after political storms and race riots highlighted the fragility of the union, and become an independent republic. Lee immensely cries on national television when announcing the split
August 8, 1967: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is established with Singapore among the founding states
1968-1972: Lee convinces trade unions to adopt non-confrontational stance towards employers to avoid labor strikes, enacts policies to attract international financial institutions, and embarks on a vigorous family planning campaign urging couples to stop at two children; the campaign also promoted sterilization
1971: Last British military forces withdraw
1975: Lee approves construction of Changi Airport as air traffic in the city-state surges; it evolves into one of the world’s major aviation hubs
November 28, 1990: Lee steps down as prime minister, hands over power to his deputy Goh Chok Tong
1990-2004: Plays an advisory position in the cabinet as “senior minister”
August 2004: His eldest son Lee Hsien Loong becomes prime minister; elder Lee continues to advise the cabinet as “minister mentor”
October 2, 2010: Lee’s wife Kwa Geok Choo dies following long illness
May 2011: General elections are held; ruling PAP retains power but suffers its worst ever share in the popular vote. Lee subsequently steps down from his cabinet advisory role but remains an elected MP
February 2013: Undergoes treatment after suffering from a prolonged irregular heartbeat due to a stroke-like condition
February 5, 2015: Lee is hospitalized for severe pneumonia, goes into intensive care on life support
March 23, 2015: Lee dies at age of 91

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