Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew passes away

NetIndian News Network

Singapore, March 23, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore who earned admiration all over the world for turning his city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died in the early hours of today. He was 91.
Lee had been undergoing treatment at a hospital here for severe pneumonia since February 5.
"Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18am," an announcement from the Singapore Prime Minister's Office said.
Born in 1923, Lee had co-founded the city state in 1965, when it declared independence from Malaysia, and was its Prime Minister for more than three decades, overseeing its growth into a vibrant and prosperous financial centre.
The Singapore government has declared a period of national mourning from March 23-29. State flags on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast from today to Sunday.
Lee's body will lie in state at Parliament House from 25 March (Wednesday) to 28 March (Saturday), for the public to pay their respects. 
A State Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm on 29 March at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore. It will be attended by the late Lee’s family, friends and staff, the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Old Guards, senior civil servants, grassroots leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life. The service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.
Singapore's current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is the elder son of the late Lee, went on air to announce the leader's passing away.
"The first of our founding fathers is no more. He inspired us, gave us courage, kept us together, and brought us here. He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another man like him," he said.
He said that, to many Singaporeans, and indeed others too, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore. 
"As Prime Minister, he pushed us hard to achieve what had seemed impossible. After he stepped down, he guided his successors with wisdom and tact. In old age, he continued to keep a watchful eye on Singapore. 
"Singapore was his abiding passion. He gave of himself, in full measure, to Singapore. As he himself put it towards the end of his life and I quote: 'I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country.  There’s nothing more that I need to do.  At the end of the day, what have I got?  A successful Singapore.  What have I given up?  My life.'
"I am grieved beyond words at the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I know that we all feel the same way.  But even as we mourn his passing, let us also honour his spirit. Let us dedicate ourselves as one people to build on his foundations, strive for his ideals, and keep Singapore exceptional and successful for many years to come," he added.

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