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    Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91[W:13]

    From Reuters:

    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister and architect of the tiny city-state's rapid rise from British military outpost to global trade and financial center, died on Monday aged 91.
    Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91 | Reuters

    I don't think one can understate what Prime Minister Lee did in transforming Singapore into a vibrant, prosperous, and modern state. May he rest in peace.

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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    He was a brutal dictator. Calling him Prime Minister is laughable.
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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    RIP.
    And I would agree with Lee Kuan Yew, that many places, including those having 'Arab Spring,' (and Africa) need a benevolent brain for at least 20 years.
    They simply aren't ready for democracy, but will have continual revolution/riots.
    The Miracle that is Singapore, however, Can now loosen it's grip and become a more liberal democracy.

    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore
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    By CHUN HAN WONG And P.R. VENKAT
    Updated March 22, 2015 7:41 p.m. ET
    Lee Kuan Yew, who dominated Singapore politics for more than half a century and transformed the former British outpost into a global trade and finance powerhouse, setting a Template for emerging markets around the world, died Monday. He was 91 years old.

    Mr. Lee’s core principles - including a focus on clean and efficient government, business-friendly economic policies, and social order—helped attract massive investment and many of the world’s biggest companies to Singapore after he became prime minister in 1959, catapulting living standards to First World status from Third World levels in hardly more than a generation.

    Leaders of other countries rushed to copy his model, with some success, though they often fell short because they didn’t rein in corruption or were governing states too big to manage as easily.

    Along the way, Singapore, now one of the world’s richest nations, drew criticism from rights groups that said it attained its developed-world living standards without adopting full Western-style democracy or some of the freedoms taken for granted in Western societies.
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    “Lee Kuan Yew’s tremendous role in Singapore’s economic development is beyond doubt, but it also came at a significant cost for human rights,” said Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch. “Today’s restricted freedom of expression, self-censorship and stunted multiparty democracy is also a part of his legacy that Singapore now needs to overcome.”

    Mr. Lee argued that Western-style democracy just wasn’t suitable for all nations, and that young countries needed stability and economic development before they could afford the luxuries of democracy and personal liberty in a Western mold.
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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    FYI, in my first message, "understate" should be "overstate." I greatly regret the typo.

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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    He was a brutal dictator. Calling him Prime Minister is laughable.
    Singapore is many things, have you ever been there?
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    He was a mixed bag at best.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Singapore is many things, have you ever been there?
    Dude.. the man was in power, aka "Prime Minister" for over 40 years.. how is he not a dictator?
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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Dude.. the man was in power, aka "Prime Minister" for over 40 years.. how is he not a dictator?
    You only h8 cause singapore is a capitalist success story. Besides, the real power is in the hands of the industrislists.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    You only h8 cause singapore is a capitalist success story. Besides, the real power is in the hands of the industrislists.
    LOL so you got no problem with the fact that the place is a dictatorship run by rich industrialists? Guess you got no problem with Nazi Germany either then.. that too was a capitalist success story till they pissed away with wars.
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    Re: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    LOL so you got no problem with the fact that the place is a dictatorship run by rich industrialists? Guess you got no problem with Nazi Germany either then.. that too was a capitalist success story till they pissed away with wars.
    Godwin to the thread cause you had nothing left. I'll take that as a white flag of surrender. Good day there Pete.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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