Singapore Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew celebrates 89th birthday
Posted by temasektimes on September 16, 2012
Born in 1923 to a Straits Chinese family, Lee was widely credited for founding modern Singapore in 1965 after it was booted out of Malaysia.
A Prime Minister for 25 years, he took a backseat in 1991 as Senior Minister and subsequently as Minister Mentor in 2003 when his son Lee Hsien Loong became the Prime Minister.
At 89 years of age, Lee is the oldest Member of Parliament in the world and he is still going strong, defying rumors of ill health to make a speech during National Day berating his subjects for not making enough babies.
In contrast, Chinese and North Korean dictators Mao Zedong and Kim IL-Sung ‘only’ managed to live till 82 years of age.
We wish Mr Lee a happy 89th birthday and many good years ahead so that Singapore can continue to prosper under his rule.