Preserve Mr Lee's home for future generations

HUMBLE ABODE: The writer says former prime minister Lee's Oxley home would be an eye-opener and inspiration for students and policymakers.


    Apr 01, 2015

    Preserve Mr Lee's home for future generations

    LEE Kuan Yew's grandson, Li Shengwu, gave a touching tribute to his grandfather at the Mandai Crematorium.

    In his tribute, Mr Li talked about Mr Lee's response to the suggestion that a monument might be made for him. "If Singapore does not persist, then a monument will be no help. And if Singapore does persist, then a monument will be unnecessary. And that assessment is accurate: His legacy is not cold stone, but a living nation," said Mr Li.

    Everywhere we look around the island today, we are reminded of Mr Lee's legacy.

    As Singaporeans continue to build upon this legacy for the next 50 years and more, perhaps what may be useful for us to do is to pause and reflect on the man and his long struggle to make Singapore a modern nation-state.

    Time and time again, it would be instructive to provide Singaporeans - especially future generations, who might find it difficult to comprehend the many sacrifices Mr Lee had made to get Singapore where we are today - the opportunity to re-acquaint themselves with the man's beliefs and values.

    To this end, I propose that Mr Lee's Oxley residence be preserved as a museum for future generations to visit, even though the founding father has stated that he wants it to be demolished after his death.

    It would be an eye-opener for our students and policymakers to get a glimpse into Mr Lee's personal life, be moved by his spartan lifestyle even as he lived every day improving the lives of his fellow Singaporeans, and be inspired to continue doing everything for the good of Singapore and Singaporeans, and not for selfish personal gains.