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Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91; stern leader built modern Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91; stern leader built modern Singapore

He banned chewing gum, booted critical publications out of the country, and paid educated women to improve the gene pool by having more babies. But Lee Kuan Yew, while presiding over a government that squelched dissent and characterizing opponents as “mediocrities and opportunists,” also transformed the backwater city-state of Singapore into one of the world's most efficient and prosperous international business centers. Lee, who had been hospitalized in Singapore for pneumonia, died early Monday at age 91. His death was announced by the Singapore prime minister's office. For more than 50 years Lee was among Southeast Asia's most influential statesmen....

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