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Modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

Architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state

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SINGAPORE: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister and architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state's rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial center, died early on Monday, aged 91, the Prime Minister's Office said, Reuters reported.

"Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 A.M," a statement said.

Lee, a Cambridge-educated lawyer, is widely credited with building Singapore into one of the world's wealthiest nations on a per capita basis with a strong, pervasive role for the state and little patience for dissent.

He co-founded the People's Action Party (PAP), which has ruled Singapore since 1959 and led the newly born country when it was separated from Malaysia in 1965.

Lee once described the separation of Singapore from Malaysia as his darkest moment, but speaking after the split in 1965 he promised his people a wealthy, meritocratic, multi-racial nation, despite the fact that tiny Singapore had no natural resources.> Trend

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