One of the few things that was similar on both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s statutory declaration and his brother Lee Hsien Yang’s Facebook post was the following statement, otherwise known as the demolition clause in Lee Kuan Yew’s final will:
“I further declare that it is my wish, and the wish of my late wife, KWA GEOK CHOO, that our house at 38 Oxley Road, Singapore 238629 (“the House”) be demolished immediately after my death or, if my daughter, Wei Ling, would prefer to continue living in the original house, immediately after she moves out of the House.
I would ask each of my children to ensure our wishes with respect to the demolition of the House be carried out. If our children are unable to demolish the House as a result of any changes in the law, rules or regulations binding them, it is my wish that the House never be opened to others except my children, their families and descendants.
My view on this has been made public before and remains unchanged. My statement of wishes in this paragraph 7 may be publicly disclosed notwithstanding that the rest of my Will is private.”
LHY published a photograph of the demolition clause of their father’s will, complete with his signature at the bottom of the paragraph:
This signature by the late Lee Kuan Yew is interesting because it is different from his previous signatures.
It is noticeably less legible.
More importantly, it is probably the first time that the late founding PM is seen signing off in his initials — LKY.
But in fairness, it’s also worth noting that this is the first time we’re seeing his signature on a page of a legal document, and additionally, it’s common for people to use shorter versions of their signatures to initial individual pages of these.
These are some variations of the late Lee Kuan Yew’s signatures over the years:
Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Seng Han Thong put up a thank you letter signed by Lee Kuan Yew on Facebook on Sept. 20, 2014:
And in 1965, here was his signature on the Declaration of Independence, shared by The Straits Times:
Top photo from Lee Hsien Yang Facebook page.