Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore, died at 3:18 am on Monday at the age of 91, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office of Singapore on Monday.
Lee Kuan Yew is the fourth generation of Hakka, who originates from Dapu county, Meizhou. His great - grandfather went to Singapore for doing business in 1864. After 2 decades, Lee's great - grandfather went back and built “Zhonghan Di” in Dapu county when he got rich.
“Zhonghan Di” is the typical Hakka building, which located in Dangxi village, Dapu county. It is built in 230 square meters area and its floorage is 180 square meters. Recently, “Zhonghan Di” was restored by local government.
Lee was born in September 1923. As the fourth generation of Hakka, Lee Kuan Yew had never been to his hometown actually. He received British education in Singapore and studied in London School of Economics with scholarship, then he transferred to Cambridge University for studying LLB (Legum Baccalaureus) after three months in LSE.
Lee can speak Hakka, English, Japanese and Bahasa Malaysia. Apart from these, he made great effort to learn Chinese when he was 30 years old; furthermore, he particularly loved reciting Chinese four - character idiom and drinking Chinese tea.
Under Lee’s governance, Singapore has a great economic growth and became one of The Four Asian Tigers within 40 years since they had broken away from Malaysia in 1965. Singapore’s development mode effected on Deng Xiaoping, the designer of Chinese’s reform and opening - up deeply. “we should learn from Singapore’s experience,” Deng Xiaoping said in his tour in Shenzhen in 1992
Lee thought highly of China reform and opening - up policy, especially for Shenzhen; he once commended that China could not develop without Shenzhen, the pilot city for reform and opening - up; according to Nanfang Metropolis Daily, he visited Shenzhen six times.