Announced through the Founders’ Memorial Committee, dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would be building a memorial for his father by 2025. The location decided by the government is at Bay East Garden, at the billion dollar Garden By the Bay. There is no budget announced for the memorial requiring an 8-year-long construction, but it is estimated to cost at least S$50 million.
The Founders’ Memorial Committee (FMC) published a report today (Aug 7) claiming that the memorial is widely popular with Singaporeans. A look into the report found that the FMC used fake survey results, with sample size as small as 1,500 to gain “general consensus”. There has been no other official survey conducted by the authorities to prove the “general consensus”.
According to his sister Dr Lee Wei Ling, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tethered his reputation that to his father’s, Lee Kuan Yew. The dictator Prime Minister intends to set up a dynasty with his son, Li Hongyi, taking over the premiership in the future. Li Hongyi is currently a senior civil servant with the propaganda ministry, Ministry of Information and Communications. In order to ensure his son rise to power, Lee Hsien Loong sent his younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, and his son, Li Shengwu, into exile overseas. Lee Hsien Yang’s family expressed fear returning to Singapore as the PM has been repeatedly proven to have abused his powers.
The FMC was created only after Lee Kuan Yew’s death, and the idea was announced by Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament. The dictator is however very sensitive to criticisms, and recently said that he is ready to sue any critic who is “not my brother and sister”.