Mr Lee Kuan Yew has turned 90 yesterday. Singapore’s Prime Minister from our independence in 1965 to 1990, LKY is often, correctly, referred to as the “Father of Singapore”. During his 25 years as Prime Minister, the Republic of Singapore went from a relatively underdeveloped island to an Asian Tiger.
Even after stepping down as Prime Minister, it was open knowledge that he was the most influential political figure in Singapore having a hand in the appointment of Singapore's second Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong, and third Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, who happens to be LKY’s son. His intelligence, vision, boldness, drive, and (let’s admit it), stubbornness, has served Singapore well and made Singapore the prosperous country it is today.
Of course no man is perfect and there are many valid criticism of the man, including his perceived inability to accept criticism from others, but on the whole Mr Lee Kuan Yew has done wonders for Singapore. He is considered a living legend and that is something I don’t think anyone, friend or foe, can argue against.
Happy 90th Birthday sir! Singapore would not have been the same without you.