Lee Hsien Loong

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Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpg
3rd Prime Minister of Singapore
In office
August 12, 2004 – Present
PresidentSellapan Ramanathan
Tony Tan
Halimah Yacob
Personal details
BornFebruary 10, 1952
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Spouse(s)Ho Ching

Lee Hsien Loong (b. 10 February 1952) is the current Prime Minister of Singapore. His father is Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore.

Lee Hsien Loong was born in Kandang Kerbau Hospital (presently known as KK Women's and Children's Hospital).[1][2] He is the first child of Lee Kuan Yew and Kwa Geok Choo.

In August 2004, Goh Chok Tong stepped down as Prime Minister, while Lee Hsien Loong took over the position. He then became the General Secretary of People's Action Party (PAP).

Background and education[change | change source]

Military life[change | change source]

In 1971, Lee joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Lee was promoted to very high rank quickly in the Singapore Army. In July 1983, he became the youngest Brigadier General in Singapore. He left SAF in 1984.[3]

Early political life[change | change source]

In the 1980s, Lee Kuan Yew said he will step down as Prime Minister in 1984. Lee Hsien Loong was considered in the list of new leaders in PAP.

In 1984, at 32, He was elected an MP. His father immediately assigned him as a Minister of State for some ministries.

In 1987, he joined in the Cabinet as the Minister for Trade and Industry and Second Minister for Defence.

Salary[change | change source]

From 2008 to 2012, Lee's salary is S$3.87 million every year.[4] He had a salary increase of 25%, it was originally S$3,091,200.[5]

In January 2012, his salary was reduced to S$2.2 million due to the public then complaining about his unfair salary. [6][7][8] But, he is still the prime minister with the highest salary in the world.[9]

Personal life[change | change source]

  • Wong Ming Yang, Lee's first wife is a Malaysian-born doctor who was married in 1978. He has two children - Li Xiuqi and Li Yipeng. Three weeks after giving birth to Lee's first son, Li Yipeng, an albino, she died of heart attack on 28 October 1982, at 31 years old.[10]
  • While married to Ho Ching once again, a civil servant who went on to become CEO of Temasek Holdings in 1985, Lee Hsien Loong has another two more sons - Li Hongyi and Li Haoyi.
  • Ho Ching's first son, Li Hongyi, won the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Math & Science in 2006. Also in 2006, he became an officer of SAF.
  • Lee Hsien Loong has been diagnosed with lymphoma in 1992, and subsequently prostate cancer in February 2018.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "15 ever-so-slightly interesting factoids about PM Lee Hsien Loong, since it's his 15th year as our PM". mothership.sg. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  2. "Pa was always there for us and taught us lessons in life: PM Lee Hsien Loong at private farewell". The Straits Times. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2020. ... the day I was born, when he [Lee Kuan Yew] visited Mama and the new baby in Kandang Kerbau Hospital, he told her how he was going to represent the postmen's union ...
  3. coapprover (23 October 2018). "PMO - The Cabinet". Prime Minister's Office Singapore.
  4. Lee, Lynn. "Ministers, top civil servants to get 4% to 21% pay rise in Jan". Archived from the original on 2008-02-14.
  5. Seth, Mydans (9 April 2007). "Singapore announces 60 percent pay raise for ministers". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  6. "Salaries Cut, Singapore Leaders Are Still Well-Paid". The Wall Street Journal. 18 January 2012.
  7. Mydans, Seth (23 January 2012). "Singapore Slashes Officials' Salaries". The New York Times.
  8. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hbVgohWniZoRruiupO9eT1Fnd6vQ?docId=CNG.8755c3628b023cdc70d2df419a357c4e.121
  9. "Singapore faces growing pains as setbacks pile up". Reuters. 6 February 2012.
  10. Bertha Henson (1993-05-09). "It was a bolt from the blue". The Sunday Times / Asiaone. Retrieved 2008-08-19.