Lee Kuan Yew was not only the first prime minister of his country but he also became the first Prime Minister to serve for the longest period of time. Lee Kuan Yew became the Prime Minister of Singapore in 1959 and remained in that position till 1990. In his thirty one years of leadership not only had he participated in freeing Singapore from Britain and Malaysia but also worked out ways of tackling the racial tension period within the country. Not only had he worked for Singapore’s freedom he secured his country to one of the globe’s leading financial centre and busiest ports with third position in GDP per capita in the world. Even when Lee Kuan Yew had stepped down from the position of Prime Minister he continued his involvement in all government affairs till he finally resigned from politics completely in May 2011. In all Lee Kuan Yew had spent 52 years of his life working in the government serving his people.
Lee Kuan Yew had been admitted in hospital since February because of pneumonia. He hadn’t recovered after that and because his health had been deteriorating day after day he had been put on a ventilator. However, today on March 23rd he finally succumbed to all his ailments and died at the age of 91. Kiran Kidwai – International Desk, NMTV