Propaganda chief accuses LKY’s daughter of writing misleading, tabloid-style posts

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Chief of Government Communications, Janadas Devan, rebuked the daughter of Lee Kuan Yew for writing “tabloid-style” post with “misleading information”. The late Mr Lee’s daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, had earlier posted a screengrab of an email written by Mr Devan, in which he described those that opposed the demolition of the house at 38 Oxley Road as being “small minded”.

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Writing in Dr Lee’s younger brother’s Facebook page as the comments section in Dr Lee’s own had been disabled, Mr Devan suggested Dr Lee may not have written the post herself. Mr Devan was Dr Lee’s editor when he was an associate editor at The Straits Times.

The following is Mr Devan’s post in full.

Dear Wei Ling:Your latest post blares, tabloid-style, misleading information. Having edited you for many years, I know this is not your style.

The email you quote was written when I was Associate Editor of Straits Times, not Chief of Government Communications. And as you know well, I had met Mr Lee Kuan Yew with a few other journalists to discuss a book that he had proposed on 38 Oxley Rd.

When he met us in July 2011, he made plain that he wanted the house to be demolished. But as the months and years passed, the nature of the project changed as it became less definitive whether the house would be demolished – and if so, when.

For example, we were told that you will be staying in the house for as long as you live. Then I learnt plans to build a model of the interior of 38 Oxley Rd was dropped – because, I gathered, Mr Lee was considering plans to gut the interior of the house altogether to remove traces of the private space.

There was no doubt then or now that Mr Lee’s preference was to demolish the house. But as the shifting instructions we heard from the family in 2011-12 – including from you – indicated, the fate of the house had by no means been decided at that point.

I ceased to be involved in the Oxley Rd book project in July 2012, when I left ST. My personal view remains that Mr Lee’s wish to demolish 38 Oxley Rd should be granted the moment you are no longer living in it, which may be 20, 30 or more years in the future.

In the meantime, I am as baffled as most Singaporeans why Hsien Yang and you wish to consume all of us in your personal family matters.

Please: Think of Singapore, and forget the rest.

61 COMMENTS

  1. Do you deny that you used the term ‘small minded’ to describe all those who object to lky wishes to demolish the house? If you can’t then there’s nothing misleading about what she wrote whatever the style

  2. Hahaha! Big problem now. Now his boss PM LEE know he mention the word small minded. Post or salary will be threatened. Of course must come out and deny if not will get reprimand from his boss.

  3. This guy woke up, saw shit, tried to edit but then realised facebook isn’t owned by sph; so no choice but to comment. When he saw it was a much said but little said kind of situation, he threw a smoke bomb with his final sentence….

  4. Hmmm… how is it misleading.. you did say what u said in your email. You are the same Devan whether you were the Associated Editor of ST then, and now the Communication Chief of the Government are u not? I can understand that it can be discomforting for you now where u are given what you wrote prior to your current position. The email content is proof enough and hardly misleading. Time to pack your bags?

  5. As Chief Communicator for the government, he has not been clear enough in his communication – his email to LWL in July 2011 said that LKY wanted to demolish and now, his personal view still the same about LKY so why never advise his current boss properly?

  6. Well he said many things … more trying to explained his way out but fail to deny to why he called the government minister a light minded people

  7. Can see how deep abuse of law, organ of state, cronyism and favouritism leetator-shit exposes by LWL/LHY!!!

    Black cat or white cat as long as it can catch the mice ass-rinse-talk-rats LHL/Jinx!

  8. Oh… So you are the one who is “Chief” Responsible PR to rising the price of water is to “Raise Awareness” of water in Singapore…. Damn you are good leh…

  9. Not surprising isn’t it? Using sophistry to distance himself from his own words.

    Fearing that he, in turn will be rebuked by his small minded master!

  10. “We are going to learn whether … the ruling party is still full of men and women of quality and strong character, or whether “it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

  11. Another dishonourable son have cold feet after being drag into a statement he made. Whether he was with ST or Govt doesn’t change the fact that your interview wit LKY then have him insisting to have it demolished as well as your personal feeling nows….Oops… you just gave away your stance and you just exposed your hypocrisy to your boss….. hope you will be fine after 3 Jul but I would expected some roti prata in the coming days

  12. If you didn’t call those people who opposes the demolition as small minded, then you better sue them for he accusation unless you prefer to continue to enjoy being labelled similar to your boss.

  13. SOME PPL STILL ASK WHY LKY DIDN’T APPOINT LHL AS TRUSTEE AND EXECUTOR OF HIS WILL?

    LKY KNEW LHL CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO FULFIL HIS WISH TO DEMOLISH HIS HOUSE. SO IS THE ROTTON PAP GOVT AS WE CAN SEE IT NOW!!

    ACC TO LHY, LHL WAS AGAINST THE DEMOLITION WHEN LKY WAS ALIVE.

    LHL HAD THEN SOME WHAT PERSUADED LKY TO MEET THE CABINET MINISTERS WITH THE WISH AND HOPE THAT THE CABINET MINISTERS COULD INFLUENCE AND PERSUADE LKY TO CHANGE HIS MIND.

    BUT AFTER THE CABINET MEETING, LWL NARRATED THAT LKY HAD TOLD HER THAT HE HAD “REGRETTED HAVING LISTENED TO LHL TO MEET THE CABINET MINISTERS.”

    SO, WHY WOULD LKY STILL WANT TO APPOINT A SON LIKE LHL WHO ALREADY KNEW THAT LHL WOULD LIKELY GO AGAINST HIS WISH TO DEMOLISH HIS HOUSE AFTER HIS DEATH, TO BE HIS TRUSTEE AND EXECUTOR OF HIS WILL??

    AND NOW, AFTER LKY’S DEATH, ROTTON GOVT HAS SET UP A “SECRET” MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE TO “STUDY LKY’S REAL INTENTION OF HIS WILL”, EVEN TO “DOUBT” THE VALIDITY OF HIS WILL TOO??? IT’S TRULY A MOCKERY OF THESE “SMALL MINDED PPL WHO DENY THIS PERSONAL WISH OF HIM (LKY)”, AS DULY DESCRIBED BY CHIEF OF GOVT COMMUNICATION, JANADAS DEVAN.

    I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT IT WAS WHY LKY MUST HV HAD MORE TRUST AND MORE HOPE IN HIS TWO OTHER CHILDREN, LIKE LHY AND LWL, TO FULFIL HIS WISH AS SUCH.

    AND SO IT WAS WHY LKY HAD APPOINTED BOTH OF THEM, LHY AND LWL, TO BE “TRUSTEES AND EXECUTORS” OF HIS WILL.

  14. This is taking too long to resolve. I believe purposely so as Singaporeans are practical & forgivable people. The government just need to reduce some costs such as reduce electricity tariff, make COE go to record low level, stop issuing or renewing S-pass forcing industry to hire more Singaporeans and better still if they can make mrt run on time, then PMO can do whatever they want with Oxley.

  15. What do you think this guy is doing? He is afraid he will lose his job just like any other civil servants if they speak ill of tbe establishment esp the PM. No guts to ow up to ehat ge saud and meant abd niw try to twist his words in order to save his ass

  16. I dont understand why we have so many people interfering in the famiLee affair. Have they all become the Lee family? By doing this we are just indicating we are not capable and competent to handle our own famiLee affair let alone the nation’s affair.

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