|Lawmakers salute Lee Kuan Yew at 90
Lawmakers in Singapore gave a standing ovation to former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew who came into parliament today on his 90th birthday.
Lee marks his 90th birthday with a family dinner today.
He told The Straits Times: "I am lucky to reach 90."
Being able to see Singapore progress was what gave him the greatest satisfaction, he told the paper in an emailed comment.
Lee was born on this day in 1923 in a house in Kampong Java Road. He was the eldest son of a Shell employee and a housewife, the paper said.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam said on his facebook page: "Generations of Singaporeans have benefitted from Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s lifelong contributions towards creating the peaceful and prosperous Singapore that we know today. Mr Lee reminds us that Singapore is a constant work in progress as he continues to work tirelessly to secure our future even after more than five decades of public service.
Mary and I wish Mr Lee joy and continued good health on his 90th birthday.''