Updated: 16 September 2013 07:30 | By Ilsa Chan
Lee Kuan Yew: 9 most memorable moments

As Mr Lee Kuan Yew turns 90 today (Sep 16), we look back at Singapore’s founding father’s most memorable moments.

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Sworn in as Prime Minister

After the People’s Action Party won the 1959 legislative assembly general election by a landslide, its secretary-general, Lee Kuan Yew, was sworn in as Singapore’s first Prime Minister at City Hall on June 3.

Tens of thousands gathered at the Padang to celebrate Singapore attaining self-government. Punching his fist into the air, Mr Lee led the crowd as they roared, "Merdeka! Merdeka!"

"Once in a long while in the story of a people, there comes a great moment of change. Tonight is such a moment in our lives. We begin a new chapter in the history of Singapore," he said.

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