Lee Kuan Yew, commonly referred to as LKY, was arguably the greatest statesmen of the 20th century. Deng Xiaoping opened up and transformed China, after visiting Singapore during the late 1970s. Various US Presidents, from FDR to JFK to Reagan, have played transformative role in the 20th century. However, they were presidents and leaders of a country with ample resources.
Singapore is a tiny island without many resources, save for its strategic location as a port. Lee Kuan Yew was able to use what little resources the city-state had and corralled the citizens to follow his vision, which ultimately transformed the country into becoming a model city-state. Fifty years later, Singapore is now one of the wealthiest city-states in the world.
While his leadership and government policies have received pointed criticism at times, it's difficult to argue with success. For this reason, Lee Kuan Yew was unrivaled in his achievements.
This morning at 3:18 am, not just Singapore, but the world has lost one of the most illustrious politicians of the 20th century.