Experts for preservation, but split on intermediate option, The Straits Times, 3 April 2018

Local media noted that the Ministerial Committee report on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s house at 38 Oxley Road had proposed three options, one of which is an ‘intermediate’ option to preserve just the basement dining room and tear down the rest of the property. Heritage and history experts, who were generally in favour of preserving the house because of its historical significance, were split on this particular option. Yale-NUS College President Tan Tai Yong said that, as someone who thinks that it is important to have physical markers of Singapore’s historical evolution, it was necessary to preserve the house fully or at least a carefully chosen portion that has actual historical significance. He added that the demolition of 38 Oxley Road would deprive the country of a significant historical landmark and hoped that when the time comes for the government of the day to make a decision, an arrangement could be found to serve to honour both the sentiments of the Lee family and the legacy of the State.

 

The Straits TimesThe New Paper and Lianhe Zaobao carried the report.