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S’poreans react to poll finding majority of S’poreans support demolishing Lee Kuan Yew’s home

Posted on 24 December 2015

Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


Hong Kong-based market research firm YouGov polled 1,000 people online and found that 77 percent of respondents supported the demolition of the 38 Oxley Road house of Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in accordance with his wishes.

Some 15 percent of the respondents wanted to retain the house.

Lee, who died on March 23 this year aged 91, lived in the modestly-furnished pre-war bungalow 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 three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “Since when did things Lee Kuan Yew wanted to get done dependent on the popular majority?”
Mai Hao Seow, 43-year-old pollster


sian-half-uncle “I guess the government would have no choice but demolish half the house if I can find 500 respondents for demolition and 500 people against it.”
Tia Chu, 63-year-old renovator


happy-bird-girl “The house should belong to all Singaporeans who are all listed as co-owners.”
Sha Lay, 17-year-old amusement park ride usher










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