S’pore retires letters ‘L’, ‘K’ & ‘Y’ from alphabet into hall of fame to honour Lee Kuan Yew

Posted on 25 March 2016

This is to ensure no one else can have the same initials or name as him.


As tributes continue to pour in for Lee Kuan Yew following the tribute-filled period this past week, Singapore has announced it will has retired the letters “L”, “K” and “Y” from the alphabet.

This is done to honour Lee Kuan Yew so that no one in Singapore can ever share his initials or name.

Singaporeans from all walks of life said they agree with this move as it will help cement Lee Kuan Yew’s memory in our collective consciousness as any time the letters “L”, “K” or “Y” is mentioned, it will call him to memory.

One Singaporean, Mei You Leow, said: “If Singapore is thinking of survival without Lee Kuan Yew in a post-Lee Kuan Yew era, Singaporeans must be able to get along fine with just 23 letters in the alphabet compared to 26.”

“By being able to continue to survive with 23 letters, we will prove to the world we can overcome any adversity thrown our way without Lee Kuan Yew around.”






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