About the Box Set
One of the pivotal figures in the modern history of Southeast Asia, Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away on 23 March 2015. This special collection brings together the two volumes of his memoirs: The Singapore Story and From Third World to First, that he wrote in his own inimitable style. They are an invaluable account of the history of Singapore and the region.
In The Singapore Story, Lee recounts in intimate detail the battles against colonialists, communists and communalists that led to Singapore’s independence.
From Third World to First details the extraordinary efforts it took for an island city-state in Southeast Asia to survive, with just a “razor’s edge” to manoeuvre in, as Albert Winsemius, Singapore’s economic advisor in the 1960s, put it.
About the Author
Lee Kuan Yew formed the People’s Action Party in 1954. The party won in the 1959 general election and he became prime minister. He stepped down as PM in 1990 and assumed the post of senior minister for 14 years. In 2004, he became minister mentor, a post he relinquished in May 2011. He passed away on 23 March 2015.
“No matter how friendly or unfriendly we are, the passing away of a man
you know well saddens you. I cannot say I was a close friend of Kuan Yew.
But still I feel sad at his demise. We crossed swords many times …
but there was no enmity, only differences in our views
of what was good for the new-born nation.”
—Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian Prime Minister
“Mr Lee Kuan Yew had worked together with the pioneering generation
of Chinese leaders in opening the gate for the friendly cooperation
between China and Singapore. His contributions to the
China-Singapore relationship and China’s reform and opening up
will surely be marked by history.”
—Premier Li Keqiang, People’s Republic of China
“As a great leader and a statesman who loved his people,
he was also one of the most influential politicians in Asia.”
—President Joko Widodo, Indonesia
“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.”
—Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India
“He laid a concrete foundation for the development of every aspect
of Singapore, based on good governance and morality.
He put public interest above self.”
—Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Thailand