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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

"The light that shines far and wide"

Lee was educated at Telok Kurau Primary School, Raffles Institution, and Raffles College. His university education was delayed by World War II and the 1942-1945 Japanese occupation of Singapore. During the occupation, he operated a successful black market business selling tapioca-based glue called Stikfas. Having taken Chinese and Japanese lessons since 1942, he was able to collaborate as a transcriber of Allied wire reports for the Japanese, as well as being the English-language editor on the Japanese Hodobu from 1943 to 1944.

After the war, he briefly attended the London School of Economics before moving to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, where he studied law, graduating with Double Starred First Class Honours. (He he was subsequently made an honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College.) He returned to Singapore in 1949 to practise as a lawyer in Laycock and Ong, the legal practice of John Laycock, a pioneer of multiracialism who, together with A.P. Rajah and C.C. Tan, had founded Singapore's first multiracial club open to Asians.


Monday, March 24, 2008

The first & foremost

Mr Lee Kuan Yew has many things about him. What is interesting about him, is not only his political career, but also his family.

In his memoirs, Lee refers to his immigrant background as a fourth-generation Chinese Singaporean: his Hakka great-grandfather, Lee Bok Boon (born 1846), emigrated from the Dapu county of Guangdong province to the Straits Settlements in 1862. His mother Chua Jim Neo was a Hokkien Nyonya.

The eldest child of Lee Chin Koon and Chua Jim Neo, Lee Kuan Yew was born at 92 Kampong Java Road in Singapore, in a large and airy bungalow. As a child he was strongly influenced by British culture, due in part to his grandfather, Lee Hoon Leong, who had given his sons an English education. He was the pride of his grandfather, being the first child and being a boy.

Sorry to tell you one important point, Lee was born in September 16, 1923, Singapore, British Empire.
He is currently 83 years old, not his young and energetic self. However, what a waste it is, not to talk about how Lee Kuan Yew was like five decades ago. So let's rewind and go back to the twentieth- century.

Read on!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Why & why & why?

I am a duel nationality girl. Here I am, bringing you a blog about Lee Kuan Yew. Why? It is of just one simple reason: the stern and frank lawyer who virtually invented Singapore. Sounds interesting? Yup.
Mr Lee changed Singapore from a sleepy colonial outpost to a high-tech enclave. It is this blog that shows all the events that highlighted his life and affected mine. So readers, read on!