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28 Mar 2015

The Biggest Achievement of Lee Kuan Yew

In 1965 when Singapore went independent, it's per capital income was US$1,500.  In 2014, it has grown to US$59,000.  Many people would consider Lee Kuan Yew as the father of modern Singapore for he is the one that turned Singapore from third world to first world in 4 decades.  But is this what Lee himself consider as his greatest achievement?

Lee revealed to us that his greatest achievement was actually able to combine what Easterners and Westerners do: marry the woman you love and love the woman you marry.

It appeared that Lee's wife was more than a wife. During the early years of his career in the 1950s when Lee was still in the opposition, Lee's wife was supporting the entire family with her income as an owner of a law firm Lee and Lee. 

Lee's wife also took good care of the family and brought up three children very well.  Their eldest son Lee Hsien Loong has been Singapore's Prime Minister since 2004.  

Being dyslexic, Lee relied on his wife to help to read some of the work documents.  Having a more powerful command of the English language, she also helped him to create many documents for Singapore, like the Singapore Malaysia Water Agreement 1961.

In his memoirs, Lee said that his wife is his confidant and attributed many of his successes to his wife. Indeed we can safely conclude that Lee's greatest achievement lies in marrying his wife, who helped him in his political career.  Without such a helpful wife, there is no doubt that Lee would be weaker and Singapore will not be where it is today.  By Andy Ng of Asia Trainers, details of his course at here.  Related articles:

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