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    This Was Singapore Before Lee Kuan Yew Transformed It

    He had a vision, and more.

    This was Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. He was instrumental in transforming the country into the financial powerhouse that it is today.

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    This was what Singapore looked like before he led the nation to its independence.

    Clifford Pier and Singapore Harbour

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    A side street in the city centre

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    A local worker going about his daily life

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    Fruit juice bottlers

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    Street vendors

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    Singapore's nightlife

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    Raffles Hotel

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    Stilt villages

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    The War Memorial

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    Stamford Road

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    A parade near the Municipal Building

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    The Cathay Building

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    General Post Office on Battery Road

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    Penang Express

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    Public transport

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    Post-war crowds

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    Rest in Peace, Lee Kuan Yew.

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