Such was the level of respect that LKY commanded

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew passed away today (23 March) at 3.18am at Singapore General Hospital. Condolences have poured in from all over Singapore, tributes have been posted on social media; and the nation weeps.

From world leaders, these are 33 statements lauding the miracle who is Lee Kuan Yew.

1. Barack Obama: “A visionary. A remarkable leader. A true giant of history.”


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2. George W. Bush: “Transformer, an Influential Force”


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3. Najib Razak: “His legacy is assured.”


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4. John Kerry: “Lee Kuan Yew exuded wisdom. He was, of course, a uniquely astute analyst and observer of Asia.”


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5. Tony Abbott: “Today, we mourn the passing of a giant of our region.”


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6. John Key: “Formidable”


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John Key is the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

7. David Cameron: “His place in history is assured, as a leader and as one of the modern world’s foremost statesmen.”


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8. Tony Blair: “He was a genuine political giant.”


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9. Ban Ki-Moon: “Legendary”


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10. Narendra Modi: “A lion among leaders.”


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11. Xi Jinping: “An old friend”


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12. Benigno Aquino: “Devoted”


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13. Hassanal Bolkiah: “A charismatic and exemplary leader.”

To President Tony Tan:


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To Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong:


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Hassanal Bolkiah is the Sultan of Brunei.

14. Shinzo Abe: “Unparalleled”



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15. Joe Biden: “Pragmatist”


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16. Li Keqiang: “Pioneer”


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17. Joko Widodo: “Influential”

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18. Ma Ying-Jeou: “”Lee was a visionary and world-class leader.”


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19. Prayut Chan-o-cha: “He worked very hard.”


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20. Park Geun Hye: “An exemplary model for many world leaders.”


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UPDATED (24 March)

21. Bill and Hillary Clinton: “Brilliant”


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22. Christine Lagarde: “His wisdom and leadership will be remembered by people all around the globe.”


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Christine Lagarde is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

23. Francois Hollande: “France loses a friend”


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24. The Dalai Lama: “An exemplary nation builder”


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25. Jusuf Kalla: “Inspiring”


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26. Nguyen Tan Dung: “His thinking, and his contribution to Singapore’s development will always be a source of encouragement for future generations.”


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Nguyen Tan Dung is the Prime Minister of Vietnam.

27. Hun Sen: “Under his guidance, Singapore has prospered and is famous throughout the world.”

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28. Leung Chun-Ying: “He will be truly missed”


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29. Pak Pong Ju: “A close friend of the Korean people”


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Pak Pong Ju is the Premier of North Korea.

30. Vladimir Putin: “He earned his compatriots’ sincere love and respect”


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31. Stephen Harper: “A highly respected and accomplished leader”


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32. Enrique Peña Nieto


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“I regret the passing of the ex-Prime Minister of Singapore.” He is the President of Mexico.

33. Ashraf Ghani: “An inspirational leader”


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Ashraf Ghani is the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

#RIPLKY

These tributes are a testament to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy. Truly a man with the sort of vision and determination that Singapore may never see again.

#RIPLKY


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With reference to TODAY, Channel NewsAsia, TODAY