Glimpses of Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Forum in Singapore on 20 March 2013.

Author: Jerome A. Cohen, NYU

Seldom has the death of a great Asian leader commanded as much appreciation in the West as the passing of Lee Kuan Yew. The mind numbs at the number of well-earned tributes to the man who led Singapore to become a successful and influential nation-state. Read more…

After Lee, where to now for the PAP?

Members of the public react as the ceremonial gun carriage bearing Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew passes by during his funeral procession in Singapore on 29 March 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Stephan Ortmann, City University of Hong Kong

Lee Kuan Yew leaves behind an immense legacy. As Singapore’s first statesman, Lee inadvertently became the leader of an independent city-state after Singapore was expelled from Malaysia in 1965. He led a government of very talented officials who together transformed the former British colony into a first world country. Read more…

Lee’s legacy

Author: Michael D. Barr, Flinders University

The recent passing of Lee Kuan Yew all but ends the direct connection between the ‘old guard’ generation of leaders that brought Singapore to independence in 1965 and the Singaporeans of today. Unlike other old guard leaders who retired or otherwise departed public life in the 1970s and 1980s, Lee stayed in politics long enough to usher in the new century and remained a public figure at the time of his death. Read more…

Lee Kuan Yew: death of an outstanding statesman

Vigil guards lift the casket of Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore on 29 March 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Bob Hawke, former prime minister of Australia

Lee Kuan Yew was quite simply, and unquestionably, one of the outstanding national leaders of the last hundred years. He worked on a small canvas, but what he achieved in tiny Singapore not only transformed the lives of his own people profoundly, but had an immense impact beyond Singapore in shaping the Asia of today. Read more…

How Lee Kuan Yew shaped Singapore’s identity

Officers lift the coffin of late Lee Kuan Yew prior to his procession to Parliament House, at Istana Palace, Singapore, 25 March 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Terence Chong, ISEAS

The passing of Lee Kuan Yew, the most important personality in Singapore’s postcolonial history, will have little to no ramifications on the city-state. Lee had gradually receded from national politics over the last decade and had an obsessive focus on leadership transition. Lee, more than anyone else, endeavoured to ensure that his absence would have as little political or economic impact on the country as possible. Read more…

Negotiating Singapore’s meritocracy

Joggers running outside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Nur Diyanah Binte Anwar, RSIS

Recent debates on meritocracy raise questions as to what Singapore regards as merit. Several concepts have emerged reflecting how meritocracy is evolving in the Singaporean context, such as ‘compassionate meritocracy’, ‘trickle up meritocracy’ and ‘meritocracy through life’. Read more…

How Temasek has driven Singapore’s development

Temasek CEO Ho Ching, who redefined the company's mission to the pursuit of long-term wealth creation. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Angela Cummine, Oxford University

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Temasek, one of Singapore’s two sovereign investment funds (SIFs), along with the Government Investment Corporation (GIC). Read more…