Sure, LKY, stayed in power for a long time, he shared that power with the office of the President of Singapore, which contrary to popular belief is not just a ceremonial role any longer. Really ? Which biographies. I'm not saying he isn't power hungry and has held on to power too long, but that is a long shot from a dictator, In the sense of the word, A dictator is ruthless, and has unlimited power, Lee's power was not unlimited, nor was he controlling every facet of government. There were still opposition parties, and they were not under heavy persecution. The people still vote, A dictator is where there is no vote, and no other parties. If the PM of singapore became a dictator, (which I will admit is likely), there is still the option of voting in members for another party.