The nation’s first Prime Minister and former Minister Mentor, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, was warded in the Intensive Care Unit at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Mr Lee, 91, was for severe pneumonia and was put on Iron Lungs support (mechanical ventilator). An iron lung is a non-invasive negative-pressure ventilator, used to artificially maintain respiration. Read more »
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Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Former Minister Mentor and First Prime Minister of Singapore, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital after experiencing a suspected transient ischaemic attack (happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time) associated with a prolonged episode of atrial fibrillation (or irregular heartbeat). Read more »
In the words of Singapore ex-Prime Minister “driving around and then going into the pits; after that, changing the tyres and revving out again … makes no sense to me.” He said he could not understand the allure of such events. For the next 3 days, Singaporeans and Foreigners alike will have to bear with the noise of these loud machines and massive traffic jams into and out of the city due to traffic diversions. Read more »
Kong Hee Huat Chye – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong [ 李 显 龙 ] hoped “fervently” that Singaporeans would boost the city-state’s stubbornly-low birth rates in the coming Year of the Dragon. Superstitious Chinese believe children born during the Year of the Dragon [ 龙 年 ], the symbol of ancient emperors, will possess courage and wisdom and bring luck to the entire family. Lee Hsien Loong himself was a dragon baby born to Singapore First Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, in 1952. He was given a name with a dragon [ 龙 ] character in it.
Singapore’s Ex-MM (Minister Mentor) Lee Kuan Yew confirmed he is suffering from Sensory Peripheral Neuropathy, which makes his walking unsteady. The elderly statesman were ofter seen walking in a “slow motion” manner. Mr Lee said, despite of this illness, that he will continue to contribute to Singapore as long as his health permits. Read more »
Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) has resigned from the country’s cabinet, ceding leadership to his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. LKY has been sitting inside the cabinet for the last 52 years. The move comes after his political party’s worst election result since 1965. Read more »
Singapore’s incumbent PAP (People’s Action Party) won the 2011 General Election. It was the 16th General Election in Singapore and the 11th since independence. The governing People’s Action Party (PAP) secured their 13th consecutive term in office since 1959. PAP won all but six seats to the opposition party (Workers’ Party). Read more »
The ceremonial gun carriage carried the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew (nee Madam Kwa Geok Choo, age 90) from Sri Temasek (located within the Istana grounds) to Mandai Crematorium. At Mandai Crematorium a private funeral service was held. During the service, Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew delivered a touching eulogy. Read more »
Officer Cadet Sharon Tan Xin Hui, 19-year-old, is the first Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship (SAFOS) female recipient in the award’s 39-year history. She was from Raffles Institution (RJC) and will be reading Earth Sciences and Political Science at Stanford University. She will leave for her study in August and will return after four-years to serve six-year bonds with the SAF. The SAF Overseas Scholarship is one of the most prestigious in Singapore, second only to the President’s Scholarship. Since 1971, there have been 276 recipients, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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The Marina Barrage has created Marina Reservoir, the 15th reservoir here and the first one in the heart of the city – the most densely built-up part of the island. This reservoir and two other new ones will raise the portion of the country’s land area used for water catchment from half to two-thirds. The idea of damming the mouth of the Marina Channel to create a freshwater lake came from Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in 1987, when he was prime minister. That was the year the massive clean-up of the Singapore River was completed, and fish had returned to it.
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The Singapore High Court has awarded six-figure sums to both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, in their libel case against the Singapore Democratic Party and its leaders. The Judge came to the conclusion that a fair and reasonable figure for damages was S$500,000 for Mr Lee Hsien Loong and S$450,000 to his father for defamatory remarks which appeared in an SDP publication during the 2006 General Election. The Judge said the amount was commensurate with and proportionate to the gravity of the libel and the “egregious behaviour” of the defendants Dr. Chee Soon Juan and his sister, Chee Siok Chin. Read more »
Mr. Lee Kuan Yew launched the hip new logo of the NTUC FairPrice supermarket chain at its historic first outlet in Toa Payoh Central. He had opened it 35 years ago in the days when profiteering was rampant and food prices were painfully high. But he was all smiles when he hit a button to launch the logo and a vibrant red ‘U’ logo flashed on screens. Two climate-controlled trucks rolled past on cue, honking festively. Mr Lee later toured the supermarket, and lingered at a Heritage Wall of pictures and milestones. Included were black-and-white pictures of him and the Toa Payoh branch. The new-look logo mirrors that of NTUC, which carries a hallmark ‘U’ that puns on ‘you’. So the revamped FairPrice identity ‘reflects a deep-rooted relationship with the labour movement’ and the promise to ‘moderate the cost of living in Singapore’.
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A new chapter opened in Singapore’s modern history Goh Chok Tong became the second Prime Minster of Singapore when he took over the office from Lee Kuan Yew who resigned after having been Prime Minster since 1959.
Malaysia – Singapore Points of Agreement of 1990 (POA) is an agreement between the two country over the issue of the future of railway land owned by the Malaysian government through Malayan Railways (Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM) in Singapore. It was signed by Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew and Finance Minister of Malaysia Tun Daim Zanuddin on behalf of their respective countries.