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Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew
GCMG, CH, SPMJ
李光耀
Lee Kuan Yew.jpg
Lee Kuan Yew in 2002
1st Prime Minister of Singapore
In office
3 June 1959 – 28 November 1990
President William Goode
(Yang di-Pertuan Negara)
Yusof Ishak
Benjamin Sheares
Devan Nair
Wee Kim Wee
Deputy Toh Chin Chye
Goh Keng Swee
S Rajaratnam
Goh Chok Tong
Preceded by Lim Yew Hock (as Chief Minister)
Succeeded by Goh Chok Tong
Senior Minister
In office
28 November 1990 – 12 August 2004
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
Preceded by S. Rajaratnam
Succeeded by Goh Chok Tong
Minister Mentor
In office
12 August 2004 – 21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Secretary-General of the People's Action Party
In office
21 November 1954 – 1 November 1992
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Goh Chok Tong
Member of Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Tanjong Pagar)

(Tanjong pagar-Tiong Bahru) (2011-2015)

Tanjong Pagar SMC (1955–1991)
In office
1991–2011
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Indranee Thurai Rajah
Personal details
Born Harry Lee Kuan Yew
(1923-09-16)16 September 1923
Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died 23 March 2015(2015-03-23) (aged 91)
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Political party People's Action Party (1955-2015)
Spouse(s) Kwa Geok Choo
Children Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Wei Ling
Lee Hsien Yang
Alma mater Raffles Institution
London School of Economics
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Chinese name
Chinese 李光耀

(Tanjong pagar-Tiong Bahru) (2011-2015)

Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, SPMJ (born Harry Lee Kuan Yew, 16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015), informally known by his initials LKY, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades. Lee is recognised as the nation's founding father, with the country described as transitioning from the "third world to first world in a single generation" under his leadership.

Lee graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, with double starred-first-class honours in law. In 1950, he became a barrister of the Middle Temple and practised law until 1959. Lee co-founded the People's Action Party (PAP) in 1954 and was its first secretary-general until 1992, leading the party to eight consecutive victories. After Lee chose to step down as Prime Minister in 1990, he served as Senior Minister under his successor, Goh Chok Tong until 2004, then as Minister Mentor (an advisory post) until 2011, under his son Lee Hsien Loong. In total, Lee held successive ministerial positions for 56 years. He continued to serve his Tanjong Pagar constituency for nearly 60 years as a Member of Parliament until his death in 2015. From 1991, he helmed the 5-member Tanjong Pagar GRC, and was returned unopposed for a record five elections.


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