Executors and trustees of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s estate, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang, have made a Deed of Gift of some furniture and personal effects from 38 Oxley Road, the home of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, to the people of the Republic. The announcement was made in a news release by Stamford Law, on behalf of the daughter and son of the late Mr Lee on Thursday (Jun 11).
The deed was signed with the National Heritage Board (NHB) on Monday. The items include all the furniture from the dining room, the study room, and work area desks, including the desk he worked on for many years, as well as his clothing worn on a number of historic occasions.
“We believe that these items would be of keen public interest and would serve as a very meaningful part of the exhibition,” Mr Lee Hsien Yang said in the news release.
“In accordance with our late father’s last Will and Testament that his house at 38 Oxley Road be demolished, my sister and I, as the executors and trustees of the estate, believe it is only appropriate that some of his personal items of historic importance, that have been used by him at the house, be donated to the NHB for the people of Singapore who honoured him with their love and respect during our recent bereavement.”
In a statement, NHB said it welcomes “all artefacts that will enhance the story of our founding fathers”, including that from Mr Lee. It said the National Museum of Singapore is in the midst of revamping it galleries – and one will be dedicated to the core values and ideals of Singapore’s founding fathers.
“As for the Deed of Gift, there remains some questions which the National Heritage Board is in the process of clarifying with the executors of the Lee Kuan Yew estate,” the board said.