What did Lee Kuan Yew do for Singapore?


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Lee Kuan Yew was able to change Singapore from a developing country to one of the most developed and prosperous countries in the world. Yew was a socialist politician who focused on making improvements to the country.

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Lee Kuan Yew served as the prime minister for Singapore from 1959 until 1990 and was the longest serving prime minister in history. He was born into a wealthy Chinese family that resided in Singapore and wanted the country he lived in to be as prosperous as possible. When he took the position of prime minister he created a five-year plan for the growth and development of Singapore. This plan included urban renewal, more equal rights for women, a unified educational system and industrialization of the country using the resources and residents of the country.

In addition to the industrialization of the country, he was able to create trade contracts with other countries. These trade agreements allowed the country to continue producing goods while obtaining important resources from other countries. While Lee Kuan Yew led his government in a slightly authoritarian style, he was able to do so in a way that was successful. This authoritarianism is believed to be the biggest factor in the success of Singapore as a country.

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