Lee Kuan Yew also spelled as Lee Kwan Yew 李光耀 is known as a very successful politician, born in Singapore, Mr.Lee successfully turned Singapore from a third world to first world. The other 2 non western countries that managed to reach developed status are Taiwan and South Korea, but both are still behind Singapore in terms of Human Development Index (HDI) and Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).
Long story short, LKY was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades. He is also widely recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore. His son Lee Hsien Loong is the current Prime Minister of Singapore and Mr.Lee Kwan Yew is the Minister Mentor. Without further ado, here are 15 Prime Minister Lee’s quotes. As of 20th March 2015, Lee Kuan Yew is on his 7th week critically ill lying on the hospital bed, rumour has it that he is on his deathbed and dying. Update: Lee Kuan Yew passed away on the 23rd of March.
Singaporeans, if I can choose an analogy, we are the hard disk of a computer, the foreign talent are the megabytes you add to your storage capacity. So your computer never hangs because you got enormous storage capacity.
You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you’ll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again…
Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalisation. I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the marketplace, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.
I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind – an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow.
With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries…What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual.
Repression can only go up to a point. When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters.
Books By Lee Kuan Yew
- From Third World to First: The Singapore Story
- From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Vol. 2
- The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew
- The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew
- Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going
- My Lifelong Challenge Singapore’s Bilingual Journey