Embedded Player Singapore's first prime minister and it's current senior minister-- Lee Kuan Yew. A very controversial figure, Lee Kuan Yew formed the People's Action Party, and won the first Singapore general election in 1959. Since it was granted independence in 1965, Singapore has gone from British colony to Asian economic powerhouse. Yet, its government is often criticized for being too authoritarian and weak on civil liberties. Lee Kuan Yew will talk about his country's economic success, as well as the criticism about his government's treatment of its citizens. His new book is called From Third World to First (Harper Collins).