Photograph taken by Larry Burrows (1926 – 1971), a photojournalist from Life Magazine
This week must be one of the saddest for Singapore. Our first and longest serving former Prime Minister – Mr Lee Kuan Yew – passed away on 23 March 2015 at 3.18 am. He was 91 years of age.
Better known by his initials LKY or Minister Mentor (MM) Lee, Mr Lee’s political and public legacy was legendary. Considered by many to be Singapore’s founding father, his imprint is seen in virtually every square foot of our tiny island nation – from HDB flats, schools, hospitals, roads, air and sea ports, to parks and other public infrastructure.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew with his wife Mdm Kwa Geok Choo and son PM Lee Hsien Loong (courtesy of PM Lee’s Facebook)
At 3.18 am this morning – the stillest hour of the pre-dawn night – Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew slipped quietly away to join his beloved wife Kwa Geok Choo. 91 years of age, he was surrounded by his family and loved ones.