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Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership praised after journalist shared before & after photos of Singapore during the founding father’s rule

"As I said, Singapore has no natural resources to speak of, it only has 5,6 million people. What it got was leadership!" — Hopewell Chin'ono, world-renown journalist & filmmaker

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In a tweet published on Saturday (18 Sept), an award-winning international journalist hailed Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, as a stellar example of the impact good leadership can have on a country despite its size and lack of natural resources.

“The left picture is the Singapore that Lee Kuan Yew inherited from the British,” he wrote. “The right picture is the Singapore which Lee Kuan Yew left when he retired. As I said, Singapore has no natural resources to speak of, it only has 5,6 million people. What it got was leadership!”

Not only is Hopewell Chin’ono a world-renown journalist and filmmaker, but he was also named on African Magazine’s Most Influential Africans list of 2021. Many of his tweets cover a comparison between countries around the world and Zimbabwe.

He posted an old photo of Singapore right beside a more recent one, as a means to show his following how much Singapore changed during the rule of the late Mr Lee.

Many other online users shared similar sentiments in the comments section and stressed the importance of leadership in making a country rise exponentially from being a former colony to becoming one of the richest countries in the world.

It seems as though the nation’s progress remains an example to many around the world.

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

Image: screengrab from Twitter comments / Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope

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