Lee Kuan Yew: His Rise to Power 1950-1968.
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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has been the most important political personality since he came to power in 1959. This thesis describes and analyzes how he gained power and began to implement his political, social and economic concepts. A third-generation English-educated Straits Chinese, Lee led his young Peoples Action Party to its first victory in 1955, supported by both Communist and non-Communist elements. His goal was an independent, non-Communist, democratic socialist Singapore once colonialism had been eliminated. The key element in Lees method was pragmatism rather than rigid ideology. By 1959, Lee was Prime Minister and by 1961, he had rid the Party of pro-Communists. Careful, thorough planning, realistic economic policies, honest administration and outstanding political skill enabled Lee and his moderate colleagues to surmount the shock of eviction from Malaysia and the British withdrawal of military forces.
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