As I wrote in this post some time ago “Dying Detroit, thriving Singapore- two cities from which we can learn so much”
“The main reason the left lost in Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew’s knowledge of communist subversion strategies. He fought them all his younger life, and learned well from this experience, and was always able to identify their work. He was a man of iron compared to the jelly backed wimps we are saddled with in New Zealand.”
Australia’s ABC reports-
Singapore’s first prime minister and the man widely credited with the city state’s economic success, Lee Kuan Yew, is in hospital with severe pneumonia.
“His condition has stabilised and he remains on mechanical ventilation in the ICU [intensive care unit]. He is conscious and lightly sedated,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Saturday. Mr Lee, who turned 91 last September, was admitted to hospital on February 5, the office said.during his 31 years as prime minister.
Mr Lee built the small South-East Asian island into one of the world’s wealthiest nations He served as the leader from 1959, when Singapore gained self-rule from colonial ruler Britain, until he stepped down in 1990 in favour of his deputy Goh Chok Tong, who in turn handed power to Lee Hsien Loong in 2004.
In a book published in 2013, the statesman said he felt weaker by the day and wanted a quick death. The long-time fitness buff has visibly slowed since his wife of 63 years Kwa Geok Choo died in 2010.