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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

„Freedom of the press, freedom of the news media, must be subordinated to the overriding needs of the integrity of Singapore, and to the primacy of purpose of an elected government.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
Address To The General Assembly Of The International Press Institute At Helsinki Wednesday, 9th June, 1971


„I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
(quoted in Milne and Mauzy 1990, p. 85)

„At the end of the day, if you are in Aljunied, ask yourself: Do you want one MP, one Non-Constituency MP, one celebrity who has been away 30 years, and two unknowns to look after you? Or would you prefer me and my hand-picked colleagues?“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
assessment on the alternative Workers' Party candidates contesting in the Aljunied GRC for General Elections 2011 (Yahoo News, April 30, 2011,

„If Aljunied decides to go that way, well Aljunied has five years to live and repent.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
warning voters in Aljunied GRC on the consequence of voting for the alternative Workers' Party, which the PAP eventually lost to. (Yahoo News, April 30, 2011,


„If all the 300 (top civil servants and political elite) were to crash in one jumbo jet, then Singapore will disintegrate.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
On how Singapore cannot afford the luxury of multiparty politics, 1975,+then+Singapore+will+disintegrate&source=bl&ots=8x2BWCDeVq&sig=VWl7jJHHDzDXYqLLJw39k8NrEkY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RBbsUsPvF-bSsATvuICoCA&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=300%20were%20to%20crash%20in%20one%20Jumbo%20jet%2C%20then%20Singapore%20will%20disintegrate&f=false

„He took over, and he said: 'If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
Recalling how former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping dealt with the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Straits Times, Aug 17, 2004

„There is a conspiracy to do us in. Why?... They see us as a threat to the rest of Singapore.“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
on why Human Rights Groups criticise Singapore's governance (Agence France-Presse, July 12 2008,


„“Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.”“

—  Lee Kuan Yew
1988 National Day Rally, when he discussed the leadership transition to Goh Chok Tong in 1990. As quoted in The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia: Volume 2, The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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