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On Monday, April 23rd, the first Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) died at the age of 91. Ever since he was admitted into the Singapore General Hospital ICU in early February for pneumonia, his health had steadily declined. On the day of his death, the Prime Minister’s Office announced:
The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr. Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3:18 am. .
On the day of LKY’s public funeral, world leaders and citizens alike congregated to bid their last farewells. The prime ministers of India, Japan, and Australia, as well as the president of Indonesia, were among them. More than a million Singaporeans have given their respects since LKY died that Mondy. The huge turnout reflected the respect the global community has for LKY, and the legacy he leaves behind.
Governing for more than three decades from 1959 to 1990, LKY is credited with transforming Singapore from a poor colonial outpost to an independent and flourishing metropolis. He campaigned for better education, strong international relations, and anti-corruption. Because of his numerous achievements, many other leaders around the world, as well as the millions of Singaporeans, have been deeply inspired by LKY.
In his eulogy, his son, the current and third Prime Minister of Singapore, stated, “The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished.” In spite of this, he reasoned to “continue building this exceptional country…realising the dreams he inspired, and worthy of the people who have made Singapore our home and nation.”