Lee Hsien Yang responds to parliament session, doubles down on LKY’s wishes for demolition
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After PM’s hour long speech, Lee Hsien Yang has responded with another Facebook post.
Here is his statement.
Here are the 2 main takeaways.
1. LKY seemed to be under the impression that the site would eventually be gazetted.
Although it has been gazetted as a heritage site it is still mine as an owner. But I cannot alter the basic structure of the house. And the cabinet has opposed tearing it down and rebuilding.
2. Lee Kuan Yew made the 2nd statement only as a last resort.
According to Lee Hsien Yang, it was this acknowledgement of eventual gazetting that lead to his later statement on the house.
“Suppose someone leaves instructions saying “I don’t want my books to catch on fire. But if my books do catch on fire, please call my insurance company”
That does not mean that he ‘accepts’ that his books will catch fire.
The statement appears to be a rebuttal to some in the parliament, including PM, who stated that Lee Kuan Yew had come around to the idea of the house may be preserved.