Dick Lee, whose real name is Richard Lee, sorry he said everyone in SJI did drugs

He meant it metaphorically, he said.

Belmont Lay | August 04, 2016, 04:50 PM

Singaporean composer and music person Dick Lee has backtracked on a comment he made regarding St Joseph's Institution.

In a forum letter to The Straits Times on Aug. 3, 2016, Lee wrote:

My comment ("Everybody in my school did") in Monday's report on my forthcoming movie was made as a figure of speech, and not meant literally ("Dick Lee to keep it real in biopic").

My apologies to all Josephians if it was misunderstood, although my school experience in the early 70s did include exposure to drugs.

Of course, the situation is completely different today, and St Joseph's Institution remains a respectable and reputable centre of learning.

Richard Lee Peng Boon (Dick Lee)

Lee's drugs comment were made at a press conference on July 29 to announce his upcoming film, Wonder Boy and published in ST

The S$1.3-million movie is based on his early years as a budding teenage singer-songwriter and will include scenes of his teenage years where his St Joseph Institution schoolmates did drugs.

The movie will cover three years in Lee's life, up to the release of his 1974 debut album.

Lee said of the drug culture in the early 1970s: "Everybody in my school did."

"The drug thing was part of that whole being cool and all that. Obviously, I didn't continue with it, nobody was addicted as far as I know."

Lee turns 60 this month. Filming will begin in October and the film is expected to be released in the third quarter of next year.


Top photo via MM2 Entertainment

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