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Dad in India who named newborn son Lee Kuan Yew was inspired by Tony Tan poster

Posted on 08 April 2015

At press time, none of the other villagers have the heart to tell him the truth.


An Indian man, who became a father recently, was so moved by tributes to Lee Kuan Yew in his home village in southern India that he decided to name his son Lee Kuan Yew.

The Indian man said: “I saw this big poster in my village featuring a Chinese man with white hair and glasses and he was named Lee Kuan Yew.”

“I heard about all the great things he had done for Singapore and I was very impressed. So I thought ‘Lee Kuan Yew’ would make a nice name for my son.”

However, the poster has since been taken down after it was put up for less than a day and he subsequently heard some of his fellow villagers sniggering but didn’t think too much of it.

The new dad said: “I guess they are just jealous.”

At press time, none of the other villagers have the heart to tell him the truth.


Beat this Singaporean tribute to Lee Kuan Yew:

Couple renovates 4-room Punggol HDB flat to look like interior of LKY’s 38 Oxley Road home property

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  • Nicole.L

    It doesn’t matter who was the man in the picture. The important thing was that he was moved by the things that he heard about LKY, that he named his child that.

    • jason statham

      Fabulous reply.. Singapore needs more people like you.. I was expecting to read mocking & degrading comments but yours is just the opposite. Amazing :))

      • Nicole.L

        Thank you.
        Well.. he did say that he was moved by the tributes and the stories that he heard about what LKY did, so it’s obvious he wasn’t thinking that Tony Tan was so handsome that he was inspired by it.

        I could understand if people were mocking him about being an Indian man naming his child a chinese name. But by the photo on the board? That’s silly.

  • Funny

    Not funny. Now if they had built a temple to lay and used the wrong pic that would have been hilarious.