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5 pros & cons of demolishing Lee Kuan Yew’s 38 Oxley Road house

Posted on 26 December 2015

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Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23, 2015, aged 91, lived in the modestly-furnished pre-war bungalow at 38 Oxley Road since the 1940s.

He said in his will that it was his wish that the house be demolished immediately after his death or, if his daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling preferred to continue living in the original house, immediately after she moves out.

On Dec. 4, Lee’s three children said in a joint statement that they hope the state would honour their late father’s wishes regarding the house.

Here are 5 pros and cons of demolishing Lee Kuan Yew’s house:


Pros of demolition

1. Lee Kuan Yew’s spirit can then reside in Istana instead, which is right in town and beside Plaza Singapura, which is more convenient.

2. A new shopping centre can be built in its place and there will be Uniqlo and BreadTalk inside.

3. The Gurkha can finally sit down.

4. Orchard Road will stop suffering from calamities as his will is done.

5. No one can buy the house and claim to be the new Lee Kuan Yew just because he or she lives in there.


Cons of demolition

1. Singaporeans will no longer be able to go past Oxley Road area and shout: “Eh my Ah Gong’s house!”

2. After the house gets torn down, a replica of it needs to be built in its place, hence, a waste of taxpayers’ money.

3. Lee Hsien Loong will no longer be able to go back to the place and run on the lawn like he used to with his siblings and black dog.

4. Singaporeans are unable to come up with a fourth reason demolition is a bad idea.

5. Singapore’s good fortune is pegged to the existence of the house.






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