S’poreans finally get to see the legendary key to S’pore’s success

Posted on 14 November 2013

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes key out of his home for the first time ever, parades it.


Singaporeans from all walks of life finally got the chance to see the legendary key to Singapore’s success as it was paraded around by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday for the first time at a fund raiser.

The legendary key to Singapore’s success is approximately five feet long and weighs under two kg. It has been residing in PM Lee’s house.

The key has been in Singapore’s possession for the last 48 years and is widely cited for helping propel Singapore from the Third World to Second.

Historian, Hen Jiu Qian, said many Singaporeans are aware of the key’s existence but no one has seen it in the flesh until now: “We always talk about ‘the key to Singapore’s success’, but we’ve never really quite seen it.”

“To witness it in the flesh is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Other Singaporeans who saw the key, said it looks better than they imagined.

Shuo Shi, a local, said: “I’ve always thought that the key to Singapore’s success was metaphorical, like a figure of speech.”

“I never thought it was actually 3D like my figure of speech,” she said, as she took out a 3D speech bubble from her purse.


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  • keyman

    I think that is the key that opens the flood gate for all the foreigners to come in and resulted in “Singapore’s success”. PM Lee put the key in his house so that he can turn the FT tap on and off at will? It is also a symbol that Lee is Singapore and Singapore is Lee’s