With Lee's passing, Malaysia's Mahathir is last of Southeast Asia's old guards

March 30, 2015 7:52 AM

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With Lee's passing, Malaysia's Mahathir is last of Southeast Asia's old guards

FILE - In this April 27, 2005 file photo, Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, left, and former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad shake hands at the latter's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur. Two of Asia’s best-known strongmen, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common - a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries. But friends they were not, and the two rarely saw eye to eye. (AP Photo/Bazuki Muhammad, File) (The Associated Press)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common — a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries.

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