Which part of ‘demolish the house’ does the Prime Minister not understand?

38 Oxley Road

Today, Singaporeans from all walks of life today woke up to an epic family drama with more twists and turns than the trashy Korean soap operas Mediacorp broadcasts every night.

Feuding siblings, incumbent Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his younger sister Lee Wei Ling, and younger brother Lee Hsien Yang, have gotten into a public spate again on Facebook over the ownership and fate of their late father’s historic 38 Oxley Road home. As if that was not enough, Lee Hsien Yang has even roped in his son, Li Shengwu, to publicly denounce his brother and the current PM of Singapore online.

The crux of the issue is that eldest brother, Lee Hsien Loong, has been a long time opponent of demolishing the house. According to his estranged brother and sister, Lee Hsien Loong wants to turn the site into a political and historic monument to his father.

Even before his death, the former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew had adamantly refused to allow the house to be gazetted as a preserved historic site after his passing. PM Lee’s younger siblings, Wei Ling and Hsien Yang, say they are just trying to enact their father’s will.

In Lee Kuan Yew’s self-drafted will and testament, “I further declare that it is my wish, and the wish of my late wife, KWA GEOK CHOO, that our house at 38 Oxley Road, Singapore 238629 (“the House”) be demolished immediately after my death or, if my daughter, Wei Ling, would prefer to continue living in the original house, immediately after she moves out of the House. I would ask each of my children to ensure our wishes with respect to the demolition of the House be carried out. If our children are unable to demolish the House as a result of any changes in the law, rules or regulations binding them, it is my wish that the House never be opened to others except my children, their families and descendants. My view on this has been made public before and remains unchanged. My statement of wishes in this paragraph 7 may be publicly disclosed notwithstanding that the rest of my Will is private.”

With all the drama surrounding the demolition of the century old Lee family home, rumors abound as to the mysteries that might be unveiled should the house be made open to the public. Still, practical minded Singaporeans have largely been in favor of the upholding the late prime minister’s last wishes. A poll of Singaporeans asking whether they supported the demolition of 38 Oxley Road has turned up with over three quarters of Singaporeans in support of demolishing the house.

This just leaves the final question, which part of “demolish the house” does the Prime Minister not understand?

 

J Ng

 

 

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28 Responses to “Which part of ‘demolish the house’ does the Prime Minister not understand?”

  • 一手遮天:

    Power corrupts, absolutely power corrupts absolutely!

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  • Sharon Ann Gabriel:

    PM Lee is fully aware that the House at 38 Oxley Road is of paramount importance to his political fortune as well as that of his son. By driving his siblings out of this island, he will become the undisputed ruler as every institution is already beholden to him and carries out his bidding willingly. The House will be turned into a national monument as testimony to the crowning glory of a dictator. PM Lee is one kind of pig that can swallow a tiger.

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  • justacitizen:

    Tear down the house.
    For thy house is thy reputation.
    Let’s rebuild again with a new leader.
    Majullah, Majullah. Done with the old. Forward with the new!

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  • opposition dude:

    The goondu PM once again shows his naivety. Even if he gets his way and the house isn’t demolished, so what?

    He keeps forgetting that his father is seen in a far better light than he ever will be. From the time he entered politics in the 80s until today what has he done to be worthy of the family name? Nothing, that’s what.

    So he is just using his dad’s good name for now but this won’t last forever. Your dad already has his reputation, all you have got is the fact that you are his son and nothing else.

    Because you know, ex SAF people can’t quite hack it on their own.

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  • billyma:

    Maybe the d**honourable son just want to avenge all the nasty stuff & words the old man throw on him his whole life.
    It’s payback time it seemed.

    When old man alive & kicking, the son LL. Plus whatever the son is today is due entirely to the old man.
    The equation is as clear as the blue sky: no old man = no son today.
    Now with the old clog out of the way, it’s not just freedom but time for revenge.
    Anybody in the way will be sweep away just like any other trash.
    After all, who’s there & date to block his way.
    So sad. The prisoner will never be free. Ever.

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Amos will likely be out of jail soon after the US DHS loses its appeal. Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling just proved that their brother LHL (and PAP) is running a police state. His brother is leaving the country out of fear confirming what Amos said.

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  • Lee G00ng L00ng:

    lky was always lecturing others during those years he was a leader. Now we see how he has failed as a father when his own son is so power greedy until the extent of going against his pa’s last will, even allegedly misusing his political position to fix his own siblings.

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  • N.Jungne:

    There was once upon a time the founder lived here. He sat here, he slept here, he ate here and he shit here.

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  • Roger:

    Hsien Yang and family as well as his sister had better leave the island as soon as possible because for so long as they’re on SG soil, their unstable brother can harm them. Don’t take any chances. Learn from the mistreatment of Opposition figures by the government in the past.

    He isn’t the brother you once knew.

    GET OFF THIS FREAKING ISLAND !!!!!!!

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Like Amos Lee Hsien Yang is afraid of his brother the PM. Must be because he is petty and vindictive. Anyway, Lee Hsien Yang helped confirm what Amos claimed when he sought asylum in US.

    Singaporeans should join Amos Yee, Lee Sien Yang and Lee Wei Ling in “demolishing” LHL and PAP.

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  • Who is the next seat warmer?:

    Who is the next seat warmer? CCS? HSK? OYK? LW? The only way for these clowns not to be a seat warmer is to ensure LHL is out of Cabinet when he steps down as PM. No Senior Minister or Minister Mentor post for him. Also need to remove Ho Ching from Temasek. No GLC post for her.

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  • Beholden:

    Who is the next seat warmer?:
    Who is the next seat warmer? CCS? HSK? OYK? LW? The only way for these clowns not to be a seat warmer is to ensure LHL is out of Cabinet when he steps down as PM. No Senior Minister or Minister Mentor post for him. Also need to remove Ho Ching from Temasek. No GLC post for her.

    Once a yes man, always a yes man. These clowns are spineless, that’s why they are chosen.

    What do you think?

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  • LIONS:

    How to UNITE COUNTRY when you cant even unite your own famiLEE?

    NO WONDER sg is so divided.
    The LEEder sets the tone.
    And,the tone is filled with NRGATIVITY.

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  • LIONS:

    Mari-lah kita *berSATU*
    Dengan * semangat * yang baru?

    What is this NEW SPIRIT?

    The KAMPONG SPIRIT is destroyed oredy?
    Only hypocrites still boast about it especially the gra$$looters themselves?

    We need CHANGE TO HAVE A NEW SPIRIT for this beleagured nation.

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  • Personal things?:

    I think there is a tunnel running from the house to the palace underneath orchard Rd.

    Oldcock uses this tunnel for his jogging exercise! Phei say to let worshippers see the back road!

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  • so funny:

    齐家不行,治国无能! 妄为阿斗王朝

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  • End Of Leegacy:

    opposition dude:
    The goondu PM once again shows his naivety. Even if he gets his way and the house isn’t demolished, so what?

    He keeps forgetting that his father is seen in a far better light than he ever will be. From the time he entered politics in the 80s until today what has he done to be worthy of the family name? Nothing, that’s what.

    So he is just using his dad’s good name for now but this won’t last forever. Your dad already has his reputation, all you have got is the fact that you are his son and nothing else.

    Because you know, ex SAF people can’t quite hack it on their own.

    Old man knew there are many dafts here. Not everyone has the clear mind like those commenting in TRE. He was ruthless but Sillypore was his baby. He would not kill his baby, this is without doubt. So LHY and LWL spoke the truth and acted on their conscious. Let the house be demolished, let the leegacy ends.

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  • No Private On Tax Pay:

    LIONS:
    How to UNITE COUNTRY when you cant even unite your own famiLEE?

    NO WONDER sg is so divided.
    The LEEder sets the tone.
    And,the tone is filled with NRGATIVITY.

    Such outright transparency and accountability can only be good for the country.
    Never be on same boat as greedy thieves. Some things cannot be united and compromised. Tone is nothing if the country is to survive.

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  • Great Asia:

    Do we need a new PM?

    The Great Asia has been asking for years right?

    Now you can understand?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    The Great Asia has been calling him 呆 PM.

    Now you can understand?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • N.Jungne:

    Who is the next seat warmer?:
    Who is the next seat warmer? CCS? HSK? OYK? LW?

    Response: We do not want a SEAT-WARMER, a waste of 4 years like Kayu Goh.

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  • jaywalker:

    So each of us can overturn our parents’ will by appointing a ‘committee’? We proudly announced to the world and to China especially that we abide by the rule of law. So is this a joke? Just because he is PM that allows him to overturn his father’s wishes?

    This is really SICK!

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    LHL hides behind / uses a committee composed of his stooges to overturn his father’s will. Disgraceful. LYL and LSY are right LHL cannot be trusted.

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  • MarBowling:

    Think know why Old Coot Lee Kayu wanted his FAMILEE house at 38 Oxley Road to be demolished once he kicked the bucket: when the TOP BEAM(he himself and his late wife, the DRAGON LADY) of his house is NOT STRAIGHT, so the BOTTOM BEAM(his 3 children esp Mai Hum and talented wife HoLee Jinx)would be SLANT! In Pinyin, it means Shang Liang Bu Zheng Xia Liang Wai!

    HoLee shit$. Old coot really has Great Foresight. Must salute him!

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  • New Egg Yoke:

    Something seems amiss here. Old man insisted on immediate demolition of the house. If law says cannot, then ordered that access can ONLY be opened to family and descendants, not the public. WHY???
    Is the house full of untold SKELETONS that needed the removal of evidence of the nefarious type?
    Hmmm…….the saga unfolds !

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  • House = Family:

    PM Lee understood from his father “demolish the house” means “demonise the family”… so that’s what he is doing.. fulfilling his parents’ wishes and his father’s will..

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  • Boh Kia See:

    The central issue is not about how the will was drawn up but what was the intention of the old fart. Was that intention made clear to all his descendants. That to me is the central issue.

    It seems clear to me from both his interviews while he still had a few marbles to articulate he and his late wife’s intentions was to have the house demolished.

    So there is nothing to quibble about trying to make it look like the will was foced on him by some subterfuge or deceit while he was incapacitated.

    That is clearly not the case, so no need to have options or review options–demolish means demolish–end of story.

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  • FEDUP:

    The mother of all questions before SGreans:
    “Is LHL fit to be PM?

    Thank God that it has to come from within the family; from his siblings to reveal LHL’s true self – a liar, unfilial and power-crazed despot.
    SG should not be dragged down by such a man whom his brother has expressed publicly his loss of confidence in his leadership.

    We demand an open enquiry endorsed by the elected President!

    Let SDP take the lead to call for open enquiry sooner than later!

    THE TIME IS NOW!

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