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Lee Kuan Yew

Data de nascimento: 16. Setembro 1923
Data de falecimento: 22. Março 2015


Lee Kuan Yew foi o primeiro-ministro de Singapura de 1959 a 1990.

Co-fundador e secretário-geral do Partido da Ação Popular , Lee levou o partido a uma vitória esmagadora nas eleições de 1959, coordenou a separação de Singapura da Federação da Malásia em 1965 e foi o líder nacional durante a transformação de Singapura, que passou de um entreposto colonial subdesenvolvido para ser um dos Tigres Asiáticos, com uma economia típica de Primeiro Mundo. Lee continua a ser uma das figuras políticas mais importantes do Sudeste Asiático.

Seu sucessor, Goh Chok Tong, concedeu a Lee o cargo de Ministro Sênior. No governo seguinte, do filho de Lee Kuan Yew, Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew assumiu o cargo de Ministro Mentor.

Citações Lee Kuan Yew


„Of course there are Chinese millionaires in big cars and big houses. Is it the answer to make a few Malay millionaires with big cars and big houses? How does telling a Malay bus driver that he should support the party of his Malay director (UMNO) and the Chinese bus conductor to join another party of his Chinese director (MCA) - how does that improve the standards of the Malay bus driver and the Chinese bus conductor who are both workers in the same company? If we delude people into believing that they are poor because there are no Malay rights or because opposition members oppose Malay rights, where are we going to end up? You let people in the kampongs believe that they are poor because we don't speak Malay, because the government does not write in Malay, so he expects a miracle to take place in 1967 (the year Malay would become the national and sole official language in Malaysia). The moment we all start speaking Malay, he is going to have an uplift in the standard of living, and if doesn't happen, what happens then? Meanwhile, whenever there is a failure of economic, social and educational policies, you come back and say, oh, these wicked Chinese, Indian and others opposing Malay rights. They don't oppose Malay rights. They, the Malay, have the right as Malaysian citizens to go up to the level of training and education that the more competitive societies, the non-Malay society, has produced. That is what must be done, isn't it? Not to feed them with this obscurantist doctrine that all they have got to do is to get Malay rights for the few special Malays and their problem has been resolved.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew in the Parliament of Malaysia, 1965


„Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people don’t understand this.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
MM Lee Kuan Yew, after 2006 Elections

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