Singapore Celebrates 50 Years of Independence.
The Southeast Asian country and former British colony celebrates 50 years of independence from Malaysia on Aug 9, 1965. In 1965, Singapore and Malaysia split up and the island city was left to fend for itself. In the 50 years since, Singapore has transformed from a racially divided third-world seaport into one of the world’s most successful financial centers.
Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew dominated Singapore for more than half a century and transformed the former British outpost into a global trade and finance powerhouse. He led Singapore as its first prime minister for 31 years, overseeing its short-lived union with Malaysia from 1963 to 1965 and leading its rapid rise to developed world status. An achievement credited to his platform of clean and efficient government, business-friendly policies and social order. Mr. Lee held advisory roles in Singapore’s cabinet for two decades after stepping down as prime minister in 1990, and remained influential as a global statesman until his death in March at the age of 91.