Lee Kuan Yew Founder of Singapore passes away at 91

Lee Kuan Yew Founder of Singapore passes away at 91

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Statesman, Lee Kuan Yew, the person responsible to transform Singapore from a small port city to a wealthy global hub, died at the age of 91 on March 23, 2015. The funeral ceremony of Kuan Yew will be held on March 29, 2015.

Kuan Yew was the prime Minister for about 31 years and has been respected as the architect of Singapore’s prosperity. The statesman was constantly criticised for his grip on power. It was noticed that freedom of power was tightly restricted under his power and that the political opponents were being targeted by the courts. The funeral ceremony will be held after a week of mourning.

Son and prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to his father in a televised address and said, “He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another man like him.” Lee had seen the independence of Singapore from Britain and separation from Malaysia and his death was announced on March 23, 2015. The statesman was in the hospital for many weeks and was suffering from pneumonia and was on life support.

Several people were seen arriving to offer their condolences at the hospital. Mr. Lee co–founded the People’s Action Party that governed Singapore since 1956 and was also the first prime minister.