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Encyclopedia > Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙
Lee Hsien Loong

Incumbent
Assumed office 
12 August 2004
President Sellapan Ramanathan
Deputy Wong Kan Seng
S Jayakumar
Tony Tan Keng Yam (2004 to 2005)
Preceded by Goh Chok Tong
Constituency Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (Teck Ghee)

Incumbent
Assumed office 
2001-
Preceded by Hu Tsu Tau Richard

Born 10 February 1952 (1952-02-10) (age 55)
Singapore
Political party People's Action Party
Spouse Ho Ching
This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Lee).

Lee Hsien Loong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: 顯龍; pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎnlóng; born February 10, 1952) is the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore. He also serves as the Minister for Finance. Lee Hsien Loong is the eldest son of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and is married to Ho Ching, who is the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the government-owned Temasek Holdings. Image File history File linksMetadata Lee_Hsien_Loong_2004-11-21. ... The Priminster of Singa pyohbsdg vjhd|Lee Kuan Yew||3 June 1959 || 28 November 1990 || 1968 GE 94. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sellapan Ramanathan (born July 3, 1924) is the sixth and current President of the Republic of Singapore. ... Wong Kan Seng Wong Kan Seng (Simplified Chinese:黄根成; born 1946) is the Minister for Home Affairs in Singapore. ... Professor S Jayakumar Professor Shunmugam Jayakumar (born August 12, 1939) is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Law of Singapore since 12 August 2004. ... Tony Tan Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (Chinese: 陈庆炎博士, born 7 February 1940, Singapore, Tân Khèng-iām) is one of the two current Deputy Prime Ministers, and the Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence of Singapore. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh Goh Chok Tong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Hokkien: Gô· Chok-tòng; born May 20, 1941), was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 28, 1990 to August 12, 2004, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew. ... Campaign posters for Ang Mo Kio GRC during the general election in 2006. ... The Minister for Finance is an appointment in the Cabinet of Singapore. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Hu Tsu Tau Richard , born in 1926, is a former Singaporean politician. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Party logo with a symbol of red lightning that signifies action. ... Ho Ching (Chinese: 何晶; Pinyin: Hé JÄ«ng) is the executive director of Temasek Holdings. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Chinese surname, family name (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) or clan name (氏; pinyin: shì), is one of the hundreds or thousands of family names that have been historically used by Han Chinese and Sinicized Chinese ethnic groups in mainland China, Taiwan, and among overseas Chinese communities. ... 李 Lǐ Li, Lee or Ly is a common transliteration of several Chinese family names, including that of 李 (pinyin Lǐ), the most common Chinese family name, and other less common surnames such as 黎 (Lí); 理 and 里 (both pronounced as Lǐ); 郦, (é…ˆ), æ —, 厉, (厲), and 利 (all pronounced as Lì). Calligraphically, Li (李) is the same character as... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Traditional Chinese characters refers to one of two standard sets of printed Chinese characters. ... Pinyin, more formally called Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ), is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Priminster of Singa pyohbsdg vjhd|Lee Kuan Yew||3 June 1959 || 28 November 1990 || 1968 GE 94. ... The Minister for Finance is an appointment in the Cabinet of Singapore. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li) Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 16, 1923; also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew), was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. ... Ho Ching (Chinese: 何晶; Pinyin: Hé JÄ«ng) is the executive director of Temasek Holdings. ... Temasek Holdings is the investment arm of the Singapore government and owned 100% by the Ministry of Finance. ...

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Early life

The eldest child of former-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Kwa Geok Choo, Lee was born in Singapore on February 10, 1952. In Lee Kuan Yew's biography, the young Lee had learned Jawi since he was five, and has always been interested in the affairs of Singapore, often following his father to the rally grounds since 1963. This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li) Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 16, 1923; also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew), was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. ... Lee Kuan Yew and his wife welcoming Deng Xiaoping to Singapore Kwa Geok Choo (Chinese: 柯玉芝) is one of the major partners in the biggest law firm in Singapore, Lee & Lee, which handled most of the property transactions involving HDB flats in Singapore. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jawi may refer to: Jawi peoplevery good Jawi language (Australian Aboriginal) Jawi script (Arabic based for writing Malay) Category: ...


Lee studied at Nanyang Primary School, received his secondary education at Catholic High School and subsequently studied at National Junior College, where he learned the clarinet under the tutelage of Adjunct Associate Professor Ho Hwee Long. He studied mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1974 with First Class Honours in Mathematics and the Diploma in Computer Science (with distinction). He subsequently obtained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1980. This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... National Junior College (NJC) is the first junior college (JC) founded in Singapore (in 1969) to provide a centralised two year pre-university education leading to the GCE A Level certificate. ... Full name The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Motto Virtus vera nobilitas Virtue is true Nobility Named after The Holy Trinity Previous names King’s Hall and Michaelhouse (until merged in 1546) Established 1546 Sister College(s) Christ Church Master The Lord Rees of Ludlow Location Trinity Street... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... Originally known as the Diploma in Numerical Computing, the Diploma in Computer Science is a conversion course in Computer Science offered by the University of Cambridge. ... The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is one of several master level professional public affairs degrees that provides training in public policy and project/program implementation (more recently known as public management). ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government is a public policy school and one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ...


Lee joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1971 and rose quickly through the ranks becoming the youngest brigadier generals in Singapore's history. In 1978, he attended the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He retired from the military in 1984 to enter politics and was elected as a Member of Parliament that year. Lee's first wife, Malaysian-born doctor Wong Ming Yang, died on 28 October 1982 of a heart attack[1] three weeks after giving birth to Lee's first son Lee Yi Peng, a mildly autistic albino. There were rumours that Wong died of suicide.[2] In 1985, Lee married Ho Ching, a fast-rising civil servant. They have one daughter and three sons (the oldest son of Ho Ching, Li Hongyi was the winner of the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Math & Science in 2006, the same year he was commissioned as an officer in the Singapore Armed forces at the SAFTI Military Institute) , including one daughter and son from Lee's first wife. The Singapore Armed Forces (abbreviation: SAF, Malay: Angkatan Bersenjata Singapura, Simplified Chinese: ) comprises three branches: the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). ... A Brigadier General, or one-star general, is the lowest rank of general officer in the United States and some other countries, ranking just above Colonel and just below Major General. ... The Command and General Staff College (C&GSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is a United States Army facility that functions as a graduate school for U.S. military leaders. ... In 1827, Colonel Henry Leavenworth established a post on the bluffs overlooking the western bank of the Missouri River to protect the fur trade, safeguard commerce on the Santa Fe Trail and maintain the peace among the inhabitants. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... Wong Ming Yang (Chinese: 黄名扬, [[born 1951?) was the first wife of Singapores prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior, all exhibited before a child is three years old. ... Albinism is a genetic condition resulting in a lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair. ... Ho Ching (Chinese: 何晶; Pinyin: Hé Jīng) is the executive director of Temasek Holdings. ... Li Hongyi (born 1 May, 1987) is the eldest son of Lee Hsien Loong, the current serving Prime Minister of Singapore, from his second marriage with Ho Ching, who heads Singapores state investment firm Temasek Holdings. ...


In 1992, Lee was diagnosed with lymphoma. He underwent a three-month period of chemotherapy and has since recovered. This article is about lymphoma in humans. ... Chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to treat disease. ...


Early political career

Lee entered politics at the age of 32 in 1984. He was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Defence in December 1984 by his father, Lee Kuan Yew, and was subsequently promoted to Acting Minister for Trade and Industry in 1986, and the Second Minister for Defence.


In February 1987, issues on ethnic relationships in Singapore surfaced when Malaysian leaders asked the Members of Parliament why there were so few Malays holding key positions in the SAF. Lee Hsien Loong, then Second Minister for Defence, stated that the SAF did not want its soldiers to be in a position where the loyalty of the soldiers might clash with racial and religious factors. The Singapore Armed Forces (abbreviation: SAF, Malay: Angkatan Bersenjata Singapura, Simplified Chinese: ) comprises three branches: the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). ...


Deputy Prime Minister

When Goh Chok Tong became the Prime Minister of Singapore on November 28, 1990, Lee became the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore. He focused on economic and civil service matters and concurrently served as Minister for Trade and Industry until 1992. This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh Goh Chok Tong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Hokkien: Gô· Chok-tòng; born May 20, 1941), was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 28, 1990 to August 12, 2004, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... is the 332nd day of the year (333rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... A Deputy Prime Minister is a member of a nations cabinet who can take the position of acting Prime Minister when the real Prime Minister is temporarily absent. ...


Lee was appointed Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1998, and Minister for Finance in 2001. During Lee's thirteen and a half years as Deputy Prime Minister, he exerted significant influence on Singapore's governance, especially in economic and social affairs. The Monetary Authority of Singapore is Singapores central bank. ... The finance minister is a cabinet position in a government. ...


To ease the growing budget deficit due to falling tax revenues from cuts in corporate and personal income taxes and other factors such as the Iraq War and Sars outbreak, Lee proposed on August 29, 2003 to raise the GST from three percent to five percent, a change that took place in January 2004. For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS is a respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the SARS coronavirus. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Goods and Services Tax is a Value-added tax that exists in a number of countries. ...


Lee also initiated several relaxations of the requirements for Singapore citizenship, especially in for foreign husbands of Singaporean women and foreign-born children of Singaporeans. The changes were made after repeated pleas from MPs and the Remaking Singapore Committee.


Prime Minister

Singapore's Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Lee Hsien Loong giving the Keynote Address for The International Institute for Strategic Studies 2006 "Shangri-La Dialogue"

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2004

On August 12, 2004, Lee Hsien Loong succeeded Goh Chok Tong as Prime Minister, relinquishing his Chairmanship of the Monetary Authority of Singapore to Goh Chok Tong. Lee was sworn in by former Chief Justice Yong Pung How at the Istana, residence of the President of Singapore. is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh Goh Chok Tong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Hokkien: Gô· Chok-tòng; born May 20, 1941), was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 28, 1990 to August 12, 2004, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew. ... Yong Pung How (born 1926, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) was the second Chief Justice of Singapore from 28 September 1990 to 10 April 2006. ... The Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ...


Lee made his maiden National Day Rally on August 12, 2004. In his speech, Lee initiated the policy of the "Five-day work week", a plan that would remove a half-working day on Saturday. The plan took effect on 1 January 2005. The National Day Rally (Chinese: 国庆群众大会, Malay: Rapat Umum Hari Kebangsaan) is an annual address that the Prime Minister of Singapore makes to the entire nation, on the second Sunday after August 9, the countrys National Day. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Lee also proposed two-month paid maternity leaves for new-born's mothers and financial incentives to mothers who give birth to a fourth child. These policies were initiated in response to the declining birth rate that Singapore has experienced in recent years.


In November 2004, Lee sparked a national debate when he revealed a proposal to build two Integrated Resorts (IRs) which are holiday resorts with casinos. In April 2005, despite substantial oppositions expressed by the public, Lee announced the decision to approve the proposal. The two IRs are to be built in Marina Bay and Sentosa. To limit the negative social impact of casino gambling, Lee suggested that safeguards be implemented, such as prohibiting minors from entering the casinos and charging a SGD$100 entrance fee for Singaporeans and permanent residents or SGD$2000 for a year long entrance fee. An Integrated Resort (IR) is a mixed-use development containing a casino. ... Marina Bay (Chinese: 滨海湾, Mandarin Pronunciation: Binhaiwan) is a bay near the Central Area in the southern part of Singapore, and lies to the east of the Downtown Core. ... The big Merlion statue on Sentosa Central Business District from the Carlsberg Sky Tower. ... The Singapore dollar, divided into 100 cents, is the monetary unit of Singapore (currency code SGD). ... The Singapore dollar, divided into 100 cents, is the monetary unit of Singapore (currency code SGD). ...


2005

Lee sought security support on the Straits of Malacca in the wake of pirate attacks on ships. Approximately 50,000 ships pass through the Straits each year. In response, Lee sought security assistance from neighbouring countries, including the US, at a meeting of defence ministers from around the world in Singapore June 3, 2005. The Straits of Malacca is a narrow stretch of water between Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. ...


In 2005, Lee's cabinet oversaw the government response to the dengue outbreak in Singapore. Lee himself was seen at his constituency in Ang Mo Kio, inspecting possible mosquito breeding sites. He also visited homes, a market and a hawker centre in his Teck Ghee ward, handing out leaflets, bamboo pole covers and insecticide to residents. The activity was part of Lee's plan to reiterate Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim's message to fight the spread of the dengue virus. Aedes aegypti In the 2005 dengue outbreak in Singapore, a significant rise in the number of dengue cases is reported in Singapore, becoming the countrys worst health crisis since the 2003 SARS epidemic. ... Ang Mo Kio is a heartland new town located in north central Singapore, and is generally within the North-East Region. ... Yaacob Ibrahim Yaacob Ibrahim (born 3 October 1955) is the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs in Singapore. ... “Dengue Fever” redirects here. ...


Lee made his second National Day Rally speech on August 22, 2005 and mapped out the vision to remake Singapore and called on all Singaporeans to play their part. The vision encompasses how Singapore would look like in 2015. He proposed several changes to six major areas, which include:


1. City of the future

  • A new downtown at Marina Bay with three gardens, a lake, one Integrated Resort and a first-class Business and Financial Centre. Plus a vibrant Orchard Road and bustling Bras Brasah and Bugis area.

2. R & D Driver for economy

  • A new Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council to take the new economy to the next level. Chaired by PM Lee with DPM Tony Tan as deputy chairman.
  • A new National Research Foundation headed by Dr Tan.

3. Service Culture

  • A long-term national effort to raise service standards, to be led by Minister Raymond Lim.

4. Education

  • Polytechnics will link up with specialised foreign universities in niche areas.
  • Post-secondary education accounts for students to pay for their higher education.
  • Changes in curriculum for students in Normal (Technical) stream to make it more interesting through group work, hands-on work and use of information technology.

5. Help for Low-Income

  • Poorer families to get a housing grant in their CPF to help them buy HDB flats.

6. Health Care

  • Age limit for medical insurance scheme Medishield to grow up from 80 to 85.
  • Medisave use to become more flexible, for use at private hospital and Class A and B1 ward stays, plus major treatments in specialist outpatient clinics.

We've created a Singapore spirit. We're courageous but compassionate, we're confident, never complacent. It's a spirit which will hold us together as one united people, each one contributing to remaking our nation.

2006

In February 2006, Lee announced in parliament a S$2.6 billion bonus called the Progress Package [1]. The plan was to distribute budget surpluses accumulated from the past few years to adult Singaporeans in the form of cash to everyone, top-ups to the state pension savings for elders, rental and utilities rebates for those living in public housing, educational funds for school children from low-income families, and cash bonuses for low-wage workers above 40 and for those men who have completed National Service. The cash bonuses was distributed in early May 2006. Critics, especially members of the opposition, have slammed the Progress Package as a "vote-buying exercise" for the Singapore parliamentary election held on 6 May 2006. In that election, Lee led the People's Action Party to win 82 of the 84 seats, including 37 walkovers. Lee and his 6-member team won the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency with 96,591 (60.42%) votes out of the total 159,872 votes cast. Most of the opposition WP's team of 6 were their 20s and the constituency was contested for the first time in 15 years. Its decision to contest Ang Mo Kio came as a surprise, as the opposition was expected to stay away from GRCs helmed by heavyweight ministers; but the party said that giving Ang Mo Kio residents a chance to vote was a prime reason for contesting the GRC. Given the inexperience of the WP team and Lee Hsien Loong's position as the Prime Minister, they won a surprisingly strong 49,468 votes (30.94%). There were also an extremely high percentage of void votes, 13,813 (8.64%). The 2006 Singapore parliamentary general election was held on May 6, 2006. ... Party logo with a symbol of red lightning that signifies action. ... Campaign posters for Ang Mo Kio GRC during the general election in 2006. ...


Foreign relations

Relations with China

Relations with China have improved under Lee's administration. Smooth progress has been made in areas of trade, tourism and investment, which is not merely in accordance with the interest of the two countries, but promises to be further beneficial to the common development of the region. The China-Singapore Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) is responsible for promoting Sino-Singaporean co-operations.


During his meeting with vice-premier Wu Yi in September 2005, Lee proposed the establishment of a China-ASEAN Free Trade Zone, which would achieve the goal of realizing US$50 billion in trade volume before 2010. In doing so, both agreed that relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should be elevated. Vice-premier Wu Yi Wú Yí (吴仪) (born 1938 in Wuhan, China) is one of four vice-premiers of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Hymn The ASEAN Hymn Jakarta, Indonesia Membership 10 Southeast Asian states Leaders  -  Secretary General Ong Keng Yong Area  -  Total 4,465,5001 km²   sq mi  Population  -   estimate 566. ...


During his seven-day visit to China in late October 2005, the Prime Minister stressed the need of improving bilateral diplomatic relationships between ASEAN and China. Lee also urged leaders to focus on the next wave of growth in north-eastern China.

"It is a long-term commitment. There is no place in the world that you can go in and your money just grows on trees. Not in China."

Relations with United States
Lee visits the United States in July 2005.
Lee visits the United States in July 2005.

Singapore has generally had a favourable relationship with the United States. The growth of bilateral trade improved commercial and diplomatic ties between the two countries after the implementation of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and the growth in bilateral trade has been evident, since the Free Trade Agreement became effective on January 1, 2004. Image File history File links The media gathers in the Oval Office Tuesday, July 12, 2005, as President George W. Bush visits with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. ... Image File history File links The media gathers in the Oval Office Tuesday, July 12, 2005, as President George W. Bush visits with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. ...


Lee made his inaugural visit to the United States, as Prime Minister of Singapore, between 6th July and 16 July, 2005. Several other ministers, notably the defence minister Teo Chee Hean and foreign minister George Yeo, accompanied Lee. Teo Chee Hean Teo Chee Hean (Simplified Chinese: 张志贤; Pinyin: ; born 27 December 1954) is the current Defence Minister of Singapore and a Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Ris-Punggol group representation constituency (GRC). ... George Yong-Boon Yeo (Chinese: 杨荣文; pinyin: Yáng Róngwén), or simply known as George Yeo, is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Singapore. ...


On July 12, 2005, President George W. Bush and Lee signed the "Strategic Framework Agreement between the United States of America and the Republic of Singapore for a Closer Cooperation Partnership in Defence and Security". The agreement was a natural step in the expansion of bilateral ties. President Bush and the then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong had first announced their intention to conclude this agreement in October 2003.


The intention of the agreement is to address common threats such as terrorism and the proliferation of Weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which called for even closer cooperation between the United States and Singapore. For the Xzibit album, see Weapons of Mass Destruction (album). ...


The agreement recognizes Singapore's role as a Major Security Cooperation Partner and will expand the scope of current cooperation in areas such as counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, joint military exercises and training, policy dialogues, and defence technology. The Agreement will further enhance regional stability by supporting the continued security presence of the United States in Southeast Asia. Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ...


Both Lee and Bush agree that US presence in Southeast Asia has promoted peace and stability, which are crucial for regional cooperation and economic development.


During their meeting, both Bush and Lee acknowledged the progress in the war on terror. Lee commended Bush's 'resolute and steadfast stance in the war on terror' and expressed Singapore’s continued support in this endeavour. In exchange, Bush commended the professionalism of the Singapore Armed Forces personnel, who have been deployed in support of Iraq operations over the past two years and of the Singapore Police Force, which has provided critically important training. Both Bush and Lee also pledged to sustain the close cooperation between the United States and Singapore in key regional and global multilateral institutions.


Controversy

As the eldest son of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Lee's career has been shadowed by allegations of nepotism. At the age of 32 he became the youngest Brigadier General in Singapore's history, and from a young age was widely tipped to be Lee Kuan Yew's successor as Prime Minister. When Lee Kuan Yew stepped down as Prime Minister to make way for his successor, Goh Chok Tong, several critics had seen him as a seat-warmer, but Lee Kuan Yew said he had disproved that. In his memoirs, Lee Kuan Yew stressed that he could not have his son directly succeed him. This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li) Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born September 16, 1923; also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew), was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

"It was better that someone else succeed me as Prime Minister. Then were Loong to make the grade later, it would be clear that he made it on his own merit."

However, such allegations by critics held on for six to seven years until Goh managed to prove his worth by regaining seats and pushing up the PAP's vote share in the 1997 elections.


Perhaps understandably, the appointment of Lee's wife Ho Ching as the director of state investment agency Temasek has also raised some eyebrows. The Lees reacted strongly against such allegations by taking legal action, often winning large out-of-court settlements for defamation from, among others, the International Herald Tribune (1994), Bloomberg (2002) and The Economist (2004). Temasek (Sea Town in Javanese, spelt Tumasik; Simplified Chinese: ) was the name of an early city on the site of modern Singapore. ... The International Herald Tribune is a widely read English language international newspaper. ... Bloomberg L.P. is a financial software service company founded by current New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg with the help of Thomas Secunda in 1981. ... The Economist is a weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd and edited in London, UK. It has been in continuous publication since September 1843. ...


Lee's career has also been dogged by a reputation for being arrogant and autocratic. According to one particularly persistent rumour, at a pre-Cabinet meeting in 1990 an enraged Lee first insulted the then Minister for Finance Richard Hu and then physically slapped the then Minister for National Development S. Dhanabalan when he sided with Hu and demanded an apology [2]. While those directly involved have never publicly mentioned the alleged incident, in 2003, then prime minister Goh Chok Tong dismissed the incident when discussing the leadership transition to his successor. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Hu Tsu Tau Richard (born October 30, 1926) is a former Singaporean politician. ... According to one particularly persistent rumor, at a pre-Cabinet meeting in 1990 an enraged Lee Hsien Loong first insulted Minister for Finance Richard Hu and then physically slapped Minister for National Development S. Dhanabalan when he sided with Hu and demanded an apology. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh Goh Chok Tong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Hokkien: Gô· Chok-tòng; born May 20, 1941), was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 28, 1990 to August 12, 2004, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew. ...


On July 10, 2004, Lee visited Taiwan, causing displeasure in the People's Republic of China. On August 28, 2004 in his maiden National Day Rally speech, he criticized the Taiwanese leadership and populace of overestimating the support they would receive if they were to declare Taiwan independence. At the same time, he also clarified during the rally that his visit to Taiwan in July was to ensure he gather enough intelligence to make right decisions when he took over the baton as Prime Minister. He reiterated his support for the One-China policy. Later that year in September, Foreign Minister George Yeo cautioned the United Nations General Assembly about the dangers of letting the cross-strait relationship deteriorate. In response, an enraged Republic of China Foreign Minister, Mark Chen, called Singapore a "Pi-Sai Country", translated literally from Hokkien (Minnan), it means a "country no bigger than a snot". The Taiwanese Foreign Minister later made a formal apology. is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Taiwan independence (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: , Pe̍h-oÄ“-jÄ«: Tâi-oân To̍k-li̍p Å«n-tōng; abbreviated to 台獨, Táidú, Tâi-to̍k) is a political movement whose goal is primarily to create an independent and sovereign Republic of Taiwan out of the... George Yong-Boon Yeo (Chinese: 杨荣文; pinyin: Yáng Róngwén), or simply known as George Yeo, is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Singapore. ... The United Nations General Assembly (GA) is one of the five principal organs of the United Nations. ... For the Chinese civilization, see China. ... Mǐn Nán (Chinese: 閩南語), also spelt as Minnan or Min-nan; native name Bân-lâm-gú; literally means Southern Min or Southern Fujian and refers to the local language/dialect of southern Fujian province, China. ... Booger may refer to: Booger (word), U.S. the crap that comes out your nose*Boogers (game), from the ImagiNation Network A Bigfoot-type cryptid of the southern U.S. variety, e. ...


In 2005, Lee made a remark regarding Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visit to Yasukuni Shrine, stating that from the point of view of many countries in the region who have experienced Japanese occupation, it raises many unhappy memories. His remark drew public demonstrations outside Singapore embassy in Japan on May 24, 2005 with protestors criticising Lee for "meddling" with Japanese issues. Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ... Torii Gate at Yasukuni Shrine The main building of Yasukuni Shrine Yasukuni Shrine 75th anniversary Stamp (1944) Yasukuni Shrine ) is a Shinto shrine located in Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to the spirits of soldiers and others who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In November 2005, Singapore had a diplomatic row with Australia over the imminent execution of Australian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van. In one incident, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his government were upset when Lee failed to inform Howard the scheduled date of the execution during their meeting at the APEC summit even though Nguyen's mother was already informed of the date. Appeals for clemency by Australian government and Nguyen's lawyer were turned down. Singapore did however grant an exception to allow Nguyen's mother to hold his hands (but not hug him) following a personal appeal by Howard. Nguyen was later executed on December 2, 2005. Nguyen Tuong Van mugshot Van Tuong Nguyen (Vietnamese: Nguyễn Tường Vân, born August 17, 1980) is a Vietnamese-Australian convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ... APEC may refer to: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Action Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour Advanced Placement European Civilization Atlantic Provinces Economic Council This article consisting of a 4-letter acronym or initialism is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Salary

Lee Hsien Loong currently earns an annual salary of S$3,091,200 (US$2,037,168)[3], making him the highest paid head of state in the world. For comparison purposes, the United States head of state earns a salary of US$400,000[4]. There has been a lot of controversy on this issue but the prime minister has responded by giving a portion of his salary to charity. Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew stated in parliament that the reason why the Singapore head of state, along with his ministers, deserve such a high income is due to the fact that Singapore is small country and thus does not have a large pool of talented people. That being said, a large portion of Singaporeans are against such a high salary.[citation needed]


Electoral record

Election Seats Voters Party Candidate(s) Votes Votes %
Electoral record of Lee Hsien Loong (Teck Ghee)
Singapore general election, 1984 1 16,866 PAP Lee Hsien Loong 12,794 80.38
UPF Giam Lai Cheng 3,123 19.62
Singapore general election, 1988 1 15,510 PAP Lee Hsien Loong 11,512 79.13
INDP Patrick Leong 3,037 20.87
Election Seats Voters Party Candidate(s) Votes Votes (%)
Electoral record for Lee Hsien Loong (Ang Mo Kio GRC)
Singapore general election, 1991 4 74,004 PAP Lau Ping Sum
Lee Hsien Loong
Umar Abdul Hamid
Yeo Toon Chia
Walkover Walkover
Singapore general election, 1997 5 125,344 PAP Inderjit Singh
Lee Hsien Loong
Seng Han Thong
Tan Boon Wan
Tang Guan Seng
Walkover Walkover
Singapore general election, 2001 6 166,644 PAP Inderjit Singh
Lee Hsien Loong
Seng Han Thong
Tan Boon Wan
Sadasivan Balaji
Wee Siew Kim
Walkover Walkover
Singapore general election, 2006 6 159,838 PAP Inderjit Singh
Lam Pin Min
Lee Bee Wah
Lee Hsien Loong
Sadasivan Balaji
Wee Siew Kim
96,636 66.14
WP Abdul Salim Bin Harun
Gopal Krishnan
Han Su May
Lee Wai Leng
Tan Kian Hwee Melvin
Yaw Shin Leong
49,479 33.86

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Notes

  1. ^ Bertha Henson. ""It was a bolt from the blue"", The Sunday Times / Asiaone, 1993-05-09. Retrieved on 2007-02-04. 
  2. ^ Singapore's philosopher-prince, by Andrew Wood. British Broadcasting Corporation, 12 August 2004.

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Further reading

  • Transcript of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally English Speech on 19 August 2007 at NUS University Cultural Centre. Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (Singapore) (2007-08-19). Retrieved on 2007-09-09.

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Preceded by
Goh Chok Tong
Prime Minister of Singapore
12 August 2004 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Hu Tsu Tau Richard
Minister for Finance
2001 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Goh Chok Tong
Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
1990-2004
Succeeded by
Tony Tan Keng Yam
Preceded by
Tony Tan Keng Yam
Minister for Trade and Industry
1986-1992
Succeeded by
S Dhanabalan


This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh Goh Chok Tong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Hokkien: Gô· Chok-tòng; born May 20, 1941), was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 28, 1990 to August 12, 2004, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew. ... The Priminster of Singa pyohbsdg vjhd|Lee Kuan Yew||3 June 1959 || 28 November 1990 || 1968 GE 94. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hu Tsu Tau Richard , born in 1926, is a former Singaporean politician. ... The Minister for Finance is an appointment in the Cabinet of Singapore. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh Goh Chok Tong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Hokkien: Gô· Chok-tòng; born May 20, 1941), was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 28, 1990 to August 12, 2004, succeeding Lee Kuan Yew. ... The Prime Minister of Singapore is the head of government of the Republic of Singapore (and prior to 9 August 1965, the State of Singapore). ... Tony Tan Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (Chinese: 陈庆炎博士, born 7 February 1940, Singapore, Tân Khèng-iām) is one of the two current Deputy Prime Ministers, and the Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence of Singapore. ... Tony Tan Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (Chinese: 陈庆炎博士, born 7 February 1940, Singapore, Tân Khèng-iām) is one of the two current Deputy Prime Ministers, and the Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence of Singapore. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... S Dhanabalan was a very important political leader in Singapore in the 1980s. ...

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