21 Jan '11, 3am

MM Lee Kuan Yew said he wants his house to be demolished when he dies - should it be conserved instead? Take our poll:

MM Lee Kuan Yew said he wants his house to be demolished when he dies - should it be conserved instead? Take our poll:

IN ITS basement, some of the most important discussions on the future of Singapore were held in the 1950s. Now, the question is: Will the house at 38, Oxley Road survive its famous owner, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew? Broaching the subject was Mr Lee himself, during an interview with a team of Straits Times journalists for the book, Hard Truths, to be launched today. When the conversation veered to his home, which he has described as 'a big, rambling house with five bedrooms, and three others at the back originally used as servants' quarters', he said: 'I've told the Cabinet, when I'm dead, demolish it.' His reason? 'I've seen other houses, Nehru's, Shakespeare's. They become a shambles after a while. People trudge through. Because of my house the neighbouring houses cannot build high. Now demolish my house and change the planning rules, go up, the land value will go up,' ...

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