Photo of Lee Kuan Yew manga from Shokakukan Asia

Adding into the latest collection of propaganda material is a manga featuring Lee Kuan Yew as a hero of Singapore. The National Library-endorsed comic book for primary school children is titled “The Story of LKY” features half-truth of Lee Kuan Yew’s role in the formative years of Singapore.

More dangerously, there is no fiction label and warning for the children books as some content are outright fictitious. For example, Lee Kuan Yew served as a traitor during World War 2 working for the Japanese invaders as a translator. It is however unknown whether the former Prime Minister abetted in war crimes during the war. Also during the separation of Singapore from the Malaya Federation, Lee Kuan Yew was the mastermind orchestrating the separation according to declassified British documents and a former interview with Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Tunku.

The illustrator of the propaganda manga is a Japanese, Toshiki Takii, who confessed that he is a fan of Lee Kuan Yew. Toshki Takii poured countless praises on his hero and said:

“I would like to make another one that’s something more towards the manga style and more fictional. I would draw him as a Doraemon kind of hero, someone who has the powers to make the impossible possible! Since I’m Japanese, I would describe Mr Lee Kuan Yew as a samurai. His spirit is very similar to one.”

Last week, the Singapore Navy also introduced a series of military-themed books to indoctrinate young children with conscription beliefs. Masquerading as “nation-building”, the propaganda material were disseminated as education material for PAP Community Foundation (PCF) kindergartens.