Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew the founding father of Singapore, who turned a fishermen inhabitated port city of Singapore into a rich global hub, has passed away at the age of 91 on Monday morning.Yew during his tenure as the Prime Minister for 31 years had garnered immense respect and acceptance among the masses as the architect of Singapore’s prosperity. He played a leading role in Singapore’s independence from Britain and separation from Malaysia.
However, he also faced criticism for his iron-clad control over the state and for placing tight restrictions on the freedom of speech. Also, his political opponents were targeted by the courts during his rule.
A state funeral is due to be held on March 29, after a week of mourning.