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Lee Kuan Yew's will: Oxley Road home to be demolished

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 19:04
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Lee Kuan Yew's home at 38 Oxley Road will be demolished - just as he wished.

Lee Kuan Yew's home at 38 Oxley Road will be demolished - just as he wished.

This is made clear in his last will and testament dated Dec 17, 2013.

Mr Lee's children, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang, are the executors and trustees of the will. They released a joint statement on Sunday, quoting the founding Prime Minister's wishes.

"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 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," said Mr Lee in his statement.

Said Mr Lee's two children in their statement: "Our father was well aware of calls to somehow preserve his home. His wish both expressed to us privately, and publicly was unwavering, and was for the house to be torn down upon his passing."

Concerned that an order might be issued against his wishes, Mr Lee had added in his will: "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."

Dr Lee and Mr Lee Hsien Yang said in their statement: "We have a duty (as executors and trustees of his Lee Kuan Yew Will), and a moral obligation (as his children) to ensure that his Lee Kuan Yew Will is administered strictly as stated ... Our father has given his life in service to the people of Singapore. We hope that the people of Singapore will honour and respect his stated wish in his last will and testament."

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