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Taiwanese politicians mourn death of Lee Kuan Yew (update)

Taiwanese politicians mourn death of Lee Kuan Yew (update)

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) Taiwanese politicians on Monday mourned the death of Lee Kuan Yew (???), the founding father of Singapore, praising his leadership and his role in international politics. In a statement issued by the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) said his party is "deeply saddened" by the passing of Lee and expressed his condolences to Lee's family and the people of Singapore. "Singapore became an economic miracle under his leadership, and has successfully played an important role in international politics," said Chu, who is also mayor of New Taipei. Chu described Lee as a longtime friend of the KMT and said Lee's ideas and practices inspired him during visits he made to Singapore in 2009 and earlier this year. Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Cheng Yun-peng (???) also quoted DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) as describing Lee as an "outstanding" politician of the modern era. Tsai said Singapore became a vibrant economy under Lee's leadership and that his contributions will be remembered, Cheng said. Former President Lee Teng-hui (???) praised the former prime minister for leading Singaporeans in their efforts to build an independent nation, calling him "a precious asset to Singapore." Under his leadership, Lee said, Singapore became head of the Four Asian Dragons -- Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan -- all newly industrialized economies that achieved prosperity in the 1980s. People First Party Chairman James Soong (???) said he knew Lee for over four decades and praised the former leader for bringing clean politics and economic prosperity to the city state. Meanwhile, on his Facebook page, former Premier Frank Hsieh (???) praised Lee for designating English as one of Singapore's official languages, which he said laid the foundation for Singapore's international competitiveness. Lee died earlier in the day at a hospital in Singapore at the age of 91. He ruled Singapore with an iron grip for three decades until 1990 and is credited with building Singapore into a global business and financial hub with a low level of corruption. Under his rule, Singapore enjoyed economic prosperity, but it also remains an autocratic country with restrictions on freedom of speech. (By Sophia Yeh and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-04-16 19:49 GMT+08:00