09 Nov '11, 9am

Illness Underscores Singapore Transition

Wall Street Journal on the limited impact of Lee Kuan Yew’s illness: News that Singapore’s first and longest-serving Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, is suffering from a neurological problem affecting his ability to walk is the latest reminder of the generational shift under way in the Southeast Asian financial center. The ruling People’s Action Party has been taking steps to reduce the dominance of Mr. Lee, shown above in September. The disease—sensory peripheral neuropathy, which Mr. Lee has already been dealing with for two years—may not dramatically alter the 88-year-old’s regular globe-trotting activities, doctors said. But the disclosure underscores, analysts said, the urgency for Singaporean leaders, including Mr. Lee’s son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, to have a long-term plan to maintain the city-state’s growth without regular input from its longtime leader. The r...

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