13 Photos of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a self-made man. As we remember and thank him for his contributions, let us look at 13 of his photos that we have selected.

#1 – Photo of Mr Lee in 1969

#2 – This lady managed to take a photo with Mr Lee when she was seven.

“Without her, I would be a different man, with a different life… I should find solace in her 89 years of a life well lived. But at this moment of the final parting, my heart is heavy with sorrow and grief.”

#3 – Mr Lee Kuan Yew speaking at a PAP rally in 1980, the famous “must have the iron in him” speech 

lee kuan yew rally

Source: ST 

“Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.”

#4 – On the cover of TIME magazine 

lee kuan yew

“Here in Singapore, you didn’t come across the white man so much. He was in a superior position. But there you are (in Britain) in a superior position meeting white men and white women in an inferior position, socially, I mean. They have to serve you and so on in the shops. And I saw no reason why they should be governing me; they’re not superior. I decided when I got back, I was going to put an end to this.”

#5 – This is a fan favourite. Black and white photograph of Mr Lee Kuan Yew at HDB’s third estate in Queenstown, in 1965.

lee kuan yew


#6 – One of two photos we found of Mr Lee running 

“If you are a troublemaker… it’s our job to politically destroy you… Everybody knows that in my bag I have a hatchet, and a very sharp one. You take me on, I take my hatchet, we meet in the cul-de-sac.”

#7 – The other picture of Mr Lee Kuan Yew running 

For Mr Lee, if something was worth doing for Singapore and Singaporeans, it was worth doing it very well.

#8 -Illustration by Lee Xin Li, based on a black and white photograph of Mr Lee Kuan Yew at HDB’s third estate in Queenstown


#9 -Mr Lee Kuan Yew touring Jurong Industrial Estate in 1965 with son Lee Hsien Loong.

lee kuan yew

Source: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, Courtesy of National Archives of Singapore

#10 – Mr Lee in Berlin. He is so COOL. 

lee kuan yew


“I have never been overconcerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader. You are just catching the wind … you will go where the wind is blowing. And that’s not what I am in this for.”

#11 – Guess who is the baby. 

lee kuan yew


#12 – The original badass

remembering lky

#13 – This is our favourite, the family watching a game of chess, unaware that their photo was taken. 

lee kuan yew and family


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Related post: We wrote this in 2015 – https://riseofthestrawberrynation.com/2015/12/31/auld-lang-syne/

“Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me to the grave and I feel that something is going wrong, I will get up.”

#8 – Source

#10, 11, 12, 13 – Source


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