Remembering Mr Lee Kuan Yew

The one who fought for independence for Singapore and Us

Mr Lee Kuan Yew's Life.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew fought for self-Government from our British colonial masters and later led Singapore into merger with Malaysia believing that this was the best option for Singapore’s future. When merger did not work out, he took Singapore out of Malaysia and built a nation from nothing during our most difficult years.

He built up a strong defence capability to protect our sovereignty, a vibrant economy which created good jobs, a sound education system and excellent infrastructure, housing and environment. He transformed Singapore from a Third World to First World country.

The way he went about his work also mattered – he was meticulous, persistent, with tremendous drive and spirit, never quitting. He also saw to the continued success of Singapore beyond him through leadership succession.Harry Lee Kuan Yew was born on 16 September 1923 at 92 Kampong Java Road in colonial Singapore to Chua Jim Neo and Lee Chin Koon.

He led a typical, simple childhood of that time – flying kites, spinning tops and catching fighting fish from nearby drains.Mr Lee excelled in his studies. He topped an island-wide exam in 1935 when he was at Telok Kurau English School, and came in first in Singapore and Malaya in the Senior Cambridge examinations in 1940 when he was at Raffles Institution. He was admitted to Raffles College on a scholarship. But his plans to study law in Britain were disrupted by World War II and the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in 1942.

Soon after the war, he set sail for England on 16 September 1946. He first enrolled at the London School of Economics, before moving to Cambridge University in 1947.Mr Lee met Miss Kwa Geok Choo while they were at Raffles College. She was an outstanding student who outdid him in several subjects. He struck up a friendship with Miss Kwa. It was the start of an extraordinary and touching love story that spanned more than half a century.

The couple had an emotional farewell when Mr Lee sailed for England in September 1946. But they were soon reunited after she was awarded the Queen’s Scholarship and joined him at Cambridge in 1947 to read law.Mr Lee and Miss Kwa graduated from Cambridge on 21 June 1949 with first-class honours, with Mr Lee receiving the only star for distinction in the final Law Tripos II honours list. They were both called to the Bar at Middle Temple on 21 June 1950.

Eager to start their new life together, the couple had tied the knot in secret at Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 December 1947.

They held a second public ceremony on 30 September 1950 after they returned to Singapore.

What did Mr Lee Kuan Yew do to Singapore

Singapore's First Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew fought for independence from the British. Mr Lee Kuan Yew took a very big challenge of giving education and jobs for the people,especially girls. After Singapore gained independence from the British,Mr Lee Kuan Yew decided to merge with Malaysia on 16 September 1963. 21 July 1964 there was a racial riot between Chinese and Malay groups. Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his team did not know how to stop the riot. They had no other choice but to separate from Malaysia. Both Malaysia's and Singapore's Prime Ministers were very sad of the separation but this was the only way to stop the riot. Singapore was independent again on 9 August 1965. Mr Lee Kuan Yew was still very sad. Then Mr Lee Kuan Yew decided to mae Singapore a multi-racial country. Now Singapore is the only multi-racial country after Malaysia. Then Mr Lee Kuan Yew decided to form NS (National Service). Singapore needed someone's help to train our army. So Singapore asked Israel's help to train our army and Israel decided to help us.
Lee Kuan Yew: The boy who became Prime Minister (Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew Pt 1)
Lee Kuan Yew: The man who defined Singapore (Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew Pt 2)