The Singapore government under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will proceed to build a memorial for his father Lee Kuan Yew despite a lack of public interest.
Currently a public “showcase” is held at Gardens By The Bay, which exaggerate the image of deceased dictator Lee Kuan Yew. The “showcase”, titled “Remembering our Founders”, features quotes and fictitious stories of Lee Kuan Yew for children is free for admission. The million-dollar budget setup with an open-air playground museum, computer-aided interactive displays and a maze, is however met with dismaying attendance.
Building the memorial is a 15-member committee consisting of government cronies including a Nominated Member of Parliament. The committee appointed by the Singapore government, is known as the “Founders’ Memorial Committee” and is insistent on building the memorial. Chairman of the committee Lee Tzu Yang said:
“The committee will consolidate its findings from the three rounds of engagement into a report to be submitted to the Government in July. The showcase encapsulates Singaporeans’ “voices and collective aspirations”, and presents the founding values that resonate most with the public, such as integrity, humility and incorruptibility.”
When Lee Kuan Yew was alive, he said in a media interview that he does not want a memorial or any statue be built after his passing.
State media Straits Times faked a survey claiming that the memorial draws 80% support from Singaporeans, when no such survey was conducted.