The Eternal Statesman

 
“I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.”
— Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew built modern Singapore from scratch. So much of Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew and so much of Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore that it is sometimes difficult to judge where one begins and the other ends. In a sense he was more magician than politician. He had almost nothing special to work with however he managed to forge a incredible nation out of what he was given. The wizard responsible for the spellbinding city.

Few leaders have been so vocal and open at communicating their views and perspective to the public at large. His views might have been controversial and ahead of their time but Lee was nothing if not honest. He as a public figure touched on topics straight up which him bar none would discuss openly. True greatness is seldom found without equal measure of clarity of thought and eloquence of speech.

Lee once said that the worth of a man's contribution to society can only be objectively measured after his lifetime. Lee Kuan Yews contributions were evident long before then. In creating a successful Singapore he devoted his whole life. First among equals, his legacy and legend can only grow as one of the greatest leaders of the last century.