OBITUARY: Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)
3/31/2015 12:48:02 PM
|written By : Shobhaa Tsering Bhalla|
Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew who died onMarch 23, 2015 at the age of 91 leaves behind a legacy that neither death nor time can erase. He leaves behind a country that in a span of less than 50 years has become a success model for many countries in Asia – an emerald island of enviable prosperity, racial harmony and peace.
The most outstanding Asian statesman of his generation, Mr Lee became Prime Minister of Singapore aged 35 in 1959, under the last British governorship, and remained in power until his chosen retirement date in 1990.
He led the island state to a merger with Malaysia in 1963, and then later as a nation in its own right two years later. Through a series of far-sighted measures, well-crafted policies and firm rule of law he oversaw the transformation of Singapore from a colonial trading outpost and military base to a proud and prosperous nation that attracts many talented and skilled immigrants – including highly qualified Indians - from all over the world.