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Lee Kuan Yew remembered: To many, he was Singapore itself

Lee Kuan Yew remembered: To many, he was Singapore itself

He was a “lion,” a “leader with an iron fist,” and, to many, he was Singapore itself. On Monday, flags were lowered to half-staff and a weeklong period of national mourning was declared for Lee Kuan Yew, the formidable and influential former leader widely considered to be the founding father of modern Singapore. The tributes and condolences that poured in Monday for Lee reflected his complicated legacy as both a hard-charging authoritarian and architect of a miraculous economic transformation that made the city-state into a financial and manufacturing hub. “To many Singaporeans, and indeed others too, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore,” said Lee Hsien...

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