SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper on Saturday named the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as its “Asian of the Year” for his influence on regional and global affairs. “Few Asians have made such an impact as Mr Lee. His passing was a reminder of how big a role he played in steering and shaping modern Singapore,” the award citation said. Lee, who died in March aged 91, received a hero’s funeral after an unprecedented outpouring of grief from Singaporeans who now enjoy one of Asia’s highest standards of living. He was consulted for decades by world leaders for his views on Asian affairs.