During a community dialogue today, the Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong revealed that the Singapore Government is coming up with new legislation to protect the name of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Minister Lawrence Wong equated the name of Lee Kuan Yew to the National symbol, no less than the Singapore flag and anthem:
“There are already existing laws to regulate the use and display of national symbols, such as the Singapore flag and anthem. This comes under the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act, which states how Singaporeans can use the symbols to identify with the nation.
The Act also seeks to ensure that national symbols are treated with dignity and respect. The Government is studying laws that can be put in place particularly to prevent misleading use and commercial exploitation of Mr Lee’s name and image.”
Given Lee Kuan Yew’s controversial ruling period which left many calling him both a founding father and a dictator, do you think a politician like Lee Kuan Yew is worthy to be a Singapore national symbol?