CompletLEE confused about 38 Oxley Road?

19 Jun 2017

The last week has seen a flurry of posts, allegations, truths, and lies about the issues surrounding 38 Oxley Road. Many of the issues are still unclear, and will need to be clarified in the coming weeks. However, there are some things which are real facts (and not #alternativefacts or unsubstantiated claims). Have you read enough to know the facts in this complex issue? Or are you completLEE confused?

1. How large is the plot of land for the house at 38 Oxley Road?
How many square feet is the plot of land?

2. Mr Lee Kuan Yew provided the following reason(s) to demolish the house, in the book Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going (2011):
a. Shakespeare’s house became shambles after a while because visitors trudged through it.
b. The land value will go up for the surrounding plots if they demolish his house and change the planning rules to allow the neighbouring plots to build higher buildings.
c. The cost of preserving and maintaining an old house will be too high because there is no foundation.
d. Nobody who lived in the house would bemoan its loss because they have old photos.
e. All of the above. 
f. None of the above
Which answer is correct?

3. Mr Lee Kuan Yew secretly married Kwa Geok Choo in 38 Oxley Road before they left for studies in UK.

4. Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s grandfather built 38 Oxley Road and Mr Lee grew up there.

5. The house did not have a modern shower installed until 2003.

6. In a Dec 2015 survey of 1000 Singaporeans conducted by a private market research firm, the following percentage supported the demolition of the house:

7. The founding members of the PAP discussed setting up their political party in the following room of the house:
In which room / area of the house were the weekly political meetings held?

8. In Dec 2015, Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Hsien Yang, and Lee Wei Ling, issued a joint statement from all three of them stating that they “hope the government will allow the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's wish for the demolition of the house to be honoured and that all Singaporeans will support their cause.”
Is this real or fake news?

9. If Mr Lee Kuan Yew willed for the house to be demolished eventually (and the will is proven to be legal and binding), the Government cannot preserve the house because the house is a private property.
The Government has no legal means to preserve a private house with current laws.

10. Related question: Mr Lucien Wong – the latest Attorney General (and now implicated in the issue by Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling) – is the first AG with no experience on the Bench (i.e. serving as a judge) and has not acted for the State in legal matters previously.
Is Mr Wong the first AG who has no experience on the Bench nor acted for the State in legal matters?

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