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Other cast members weigh in

Other cast members in 1965 were also announced yesterday.

They give their take on Lim Kay Tong's role as Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Joanne Peh, 31, plays Zhou Jun, a frugal and feisty young woman running a coffee shop.

"I've never met Lim Kay Tong or Lee Kuan Yew in person.

"Kay Tong has this presence about him and I really respect him. I watched him on Growing Up and I felt like I was his daughter. I am also in awe of Lee Kuan Yew. He is someone you wouldn't miss if he walks into a room.

"It's not so much about whether Lim Kay Tong looks like Mr Lee - it's the kind of presence and aura that they have."

Mike Kasem, 41, plays Raj, a Middle-Eastern reporter who reports on events in Singapore in the 60s.

"It's a perfect fit. Who else could you cast? Who else can do justice to the role?

"Honestly, I think there's some resemblance there, too. I am excited for him and excited to see how it turns out."

Sezairi Sezali, 27, portrays Adi, a young police constable.

"I can't see anyone else portraying Lee Kuan Yew other than Lim Kay Tong. There is this synergy between the two of them."

James Seah, 24, plays a suave chick magnet who has eyes only for Zhou Jun.

"I think it's a good choice. I watched Lim Kay Tong in Growing Up when I was growing up. He's like a father to us and he has a certain charisma and aura about him."