Archive for November, 2011

The Lees’ wealth is not often discussed, but as the figures here show, they certainly have quite a bit.  Straits Times: Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew on Monday launched what he described as the ‘most important book’ he has ever written and kicked off a fund to help children become bilingual early. Hoping that […]

Yet another book from Lee Kuan Yew.  What appears to be a cut’n’pasted press release at AsiaOne: The book, My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore’s Bilingual Journey, is published in separate but similar Chinese and English editions. The 400-page Chinese edition is by Lianhe Zaobao and the 388-page English one by The Straits Times Press. Each copy […]

Wall Street Journal on the limited impact of Lee Kuan Yew’s illness: News that Singapore’s first and longest-serving Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, is suffering from a neurological problem affecting his ability to walk is the latest reminder of the generational shift under way in the Southeast Asian financial center. The ruling People’s Action Party […]

Lee Kuan Yew follows up on his daughter’s disclosure of his condition.   Today: Speaking to reporters, who asked for his comments on the news, Mr Lee said: “We learn to adjust. It started two years ago when I was 86. And at 86, many of my contemporaries are either on wheelchairs or aren’t around. So […]

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter reveals why he has trouble walking.  Reuters via WSJ: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first and longest-serving prime minister, is fighting a neurological disease that makes it difficult for him to walk, his daughter wrote in a newspaper column on Sunday. Lee Wei Ling, who is also director of Singapore’s National Neuroscience […]

Tom Plate heaps more praise on his master.   Khaleej Times: Exceptional leaders are hard to find anywhere on the globe, including Asia. Until his recent retirement, this tough-as-nails guy—now 89 — had helped organise and run tiny Singapore almost like nobody has ever run anything. He certainly didn’t do things 100 per cent the American […]