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Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister when the country gained Independence in 1965, died on Monday (Mar 23) at the age of 91.

“The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18am. He was 91,” said the PMO.

A state funeral will be held for Mr Lee this Sunday, at which many dignatories both from Singapore and internationally will be in attendance.

Mr Lee, who was born in 1923, formed the People’s Action Party in 1954, then became Prime Minister in 1959. He led the nation through a merger with the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, as well as into Independence in 1965.

He leaves behind two sons – Lee Hsien Loong and Lee Hsien Yang – and a daughter, Lee Wei Ling.

 

2015 is a milestone year for Singapore, with the country celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence and playing host to the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) from 5 to 16 June 2015, with the Singapore Sports Hub the main sporting centrepiece; all of which was made possible due to Mr Lee’s strong vision for the country that was set in motion some 50 years ago.

With our strong ties to the country and its people, due to the Singapore Sports Hub being the host of our live event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, all of the staff at ALAD (PanStadia & Arena Management and Stadia & Arena Events) would like to pass on our condolences to all of our customers and colleagues in the region.

 

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