Photo of Kwa Geok Choo Law Library from SMU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong named a multi-million dollar new library built at the Singapore Management University (SMU) after his mother Kwa Geok Choo. The dome-shaped Kwa Geok Choo Law Library span 23,000 sqm and took six years to complete construction.

Despite receiving no instruction from his mother to name publicly-funded buildings after her, Lee Hsien Loong said:

“My mother would have been proud to have a law library named after her. My mother was a good and patient mentor to her pupils and a pioneer of work-life balance in Singapore in the 1980s. She declared a five-day work week for all married female lawyers in her firm, when five-and-a-half-day weeks were the norm, so they could take care of their families.”

SMU, also houses another education institute named after the dictator Prime Minister’s father: the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Currently, Lee Hsien Loong is planning a memorial for his father to further his political dominance in Singapore. The Founders’ Memorial will feature half-truth to glorify his deceased father and unofficially serves as a praying ground for supporters of the ruling party.