Monday, August 06, 2007

Long marriages

Two of Asia's longest-serving leaders also have long-lasting marriages. Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary yesterday. Another leader with a long marriage is former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew, who's been married to Kwa Geok Choo for 56 years.

Dr Mahathir and Kuan Yew were the longest-serving leaders of their countries respectively. Dr Mahathir served 22 years before stepping down in 2003. Kuan Yew served 31 years and stepped down in 1990. Former Indonesian strongman Suharto ruled for 31 years as well.

While Suharto and Dr Mahathir are both rather frail now, Kuan Yew still looks fit and sharp as ever.

Check out the Pioneers of Singapore series by the EDB Society/The Straits Times with Kuan Yew today. I'm still trying to watch the entire webcast.