Days after Andrew Holness, the leader of the Opposition, used the floor of Parliament to contrast the economic fortunes of Jamaica and Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, the man who transformed the latter from a small port city into one of the world’s wealthiest nations, has died.

Lee was the first prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990.

Locally, he was frequently referenced by critics of those responsible for Jamaica’s economic development. Those critics note that Lee visited the island after Independence in 1962 to examine the growth strategies being employed and successfully transferred some of those ideas to his homeland, while Jamaica floundered.

Yesterday, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga said he was saddened to hear of the death of the man he considered a “good friend”.

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