WORLD LEADERS PAY TRIBUTE TO SINGAPORE’S FOUNDING PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW

 
 
"…under his visionary leadership, Mr Lee Kuan Yew Yew achieved great strides in elevating Singapore's stature both regionally and internationally." – Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah
 
"On behalf of the American people, (First lady) Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to the Lee family and join the people of Singapore in mourning the loss of this remarkable man,"  – US President Barack Obama
 
"A far-sighted statesman and a lion among leaders, Mr Lee Kuan Yew's life teaches valuable lessons to everyone. News of his demise is saddening" – Former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
 
"Lee was a visionary leader who spearheaded Singapore's economic growth and helped it become one of the most prosperous countries in the world today. He understood the importance of economic integration and effective governance to building a thriving, modern economy. He was a pragmatist, and sometimes uncompromising. But his commitment to delivering excellence in public service was exemplary." – Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou
 
"Lee led an unpretentious life. His self discipline was very strict." – Indonesia President Joko Widodo
 
"Laura and I are saddened by the death of Lee Kuan Yew. The father of today's Singapore transformed his country and helped usher the Asean region into the modern era. The Singapore he leaves behind is an influential force for stability and prosperity and a friend to the United States. Laura and I join those in Singapore and around the world who are mourning his loss, and we send our heartfelt condolences to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and family." – Former US President George Bush
 
"I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. On behalf of all Malaysians, my deepest condolences to the people of Singapore," – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
 
"An era has passed, one upon which Singaporeans can look back on with deep pride and a sense of accomplishment". – Philippine President Benigno Aquino
 
"His place in history is assured." – British Prime Minister David Cameron
 
"Lee Kuan Yew was one of the most extraordinary leaders of modern times. He was a genuine political giant. He was the first to understand that modern politics was about effective Government not old-fashioned ideology. Whether in the economy, social cohesion or law and order, he applied methods of rigorous analysis and detailed implementation. He built Singapore into the success story it is today by intelligence, wisdom and determination in equal measure. As a result Singapore has a respect and admiration far above its size." – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
 
"Thanks to his leadership, Singapore is now one of the world's most prosperous nations, a financial powerhouse, and one of the world's easiest places to do business.Our region owes much to Lee Kuan Yew." – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
 
"He was widely respected by the international community as a strategist and a statesman." – Chinese President Xi Jinping
 
“a farsighted statesman and a lion among leaders," – India Prime Minister Narendra Modi 
 
"Lee Kuan Yew was a legendary figure in Asia, widely respected for his strong leadership and statesmanship. During his three decades in office, he helped Singapore to transition from a developing country to one of the most developed in the world," – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
 
"His achievements and dedications to transform Singapore into the first-rate country have been revered by countries all around the world including Korea," – South Korea President Park Geun Hye
 
"He honors the memory of this visionary statesman, who was able to guide the remarkable development of Singapore since its independence in 1965" –  French President Francois Hollande
 
"His Excellency Mr Lee Kuan Yew is one of the greatest leaders of modern times that Asia has ever produced. With his incomparable leadership and unparalleled insights, His Excellency Mr Lee Kuan Yew played, for more than half a century and throughout his life, a key role not only in achieving Singapore’s remarkable economic growth and prosperity but also in securing peace and stability of the Asia Pacific region and the world. He was highly revered all over the world," – Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
 
"Lee Kuan Yew’s courage, determination, commitment, character and ability made him a formidable leader who held the respect of Singaporeans and the international community alike." – New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
 

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