The People’s Action Party (PAP) released a video today titled ‘What Mr Lee Kuan Yew actually said about 38 Oxley Road’. The video said that Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s will has been selectively quoted by others, and that they had highlighted only the first part of the ‘demolition clause’.
The video went on to say that in the second part of the clause, Mr Lee acknowledged that “Cabinet members were unanimous that 38 Oxley Road should not be demolished” as he wanted.
The video emphasised: “Me Lee clearly recognised that the house could be preserved.”
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Senior Minister of State indranee Rajah echoed the PAP’s video in a Facebook post and said that the “Demolition was not the only option contemplated by Mr Lee Kuan Yew.”
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The video and the PM’s Parliamentary Statement on calls to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew on 13 April 2015, suggests that Mr Lee Kuan Yew was resigned to the fact that the Cabinet wanted the house preserved, and that he wanted to frustrate the wishes of the Cabinet to convert it into a museum.
Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, however pointed out that her father’s true wishes had been taken out of context and that her elder brother, the Prime Minister himself had set the context straight in his email dated 12 April 2015 to his siblings.
The email said: “I say in my reply that the Will is subsequent to his note to cabinet, and that Papa’s position has been consistent throughout. Even his [LKY’s] note to Cab did not say that he wanted it preserved, only what has to be done if it is not to be demolished.”