In pictures: The Oxley Road house
The dispute between the Lee siblings has put 38 Oxley Road in the news again. In this report, published in 2015, former TNP reporter Judith Tan — with the permission of Dr Lee Wei Ling — took readers on a pictorial tour of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's home.
The pre-war bungalow, home to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew for the last 65 years, will remain - for now.
His only daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, will continue to live at 38, Oxley Road.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Dr Lee has informed him that she intends to continue living in the house.
"Therefore, there is no immediate issue of demolition of the house and no need for the Government to make any decision now," he added.
The house is where Mr Lee began his married life.
He secretly married former Raffles College classmate Kwa Geok Choo in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1947. After their official wedding in 1950, they moved into Oxley Road.
PM Lee said both his parents felt strongly about demolishing the home after Mr Lee's death.
The late Mr Lee said the house "should not be kept as a kind of relic", as he had seen too many other houses of famous people "kept frozen in time… as a monument with people tramping in and out" and invariably "become shabby".
"My mother also felt strongly about this. She was most distressed at the thought of people coming through her private spaces after she and my father had passed away, to see how they had lived," PM Lee said.
In his will, the late Mr Lee stated it was his and his late wife's wish to have their home demolished immediately after his death or after Dr Lee moves out.
Dr Lee and younger brother Lee Hsien Yang had, as the executors of the will, asked Singaporeans on Sunday to respect their father's wish.
And should Dr Lee no longer live there, PM Lee said: "Speaking as a son, I would like to see these wishes carried out. However, it will be up to the Government of the day to consider the matter."
FOND MEMORIES: Dr Lee Wei Ling said the veranda was where "as very small children, our birthdays were celebrated with one cake, Mama and two siblings". "It was also where Cikgu Amin (Mohd Amin Sapawi) taught us Malay two to three times a week and where Ting lao shi (teacher in Mandrain) taught us Mandarin," she added.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Oxley Road bungalow, described by Mr Lee Kuan Yew as "a big, rambling house with five bedrooms", was built over a century ago by a Jewish merchant. It had been his home for over 60 years, except for a few weeks after Singapore's independence in 1965, when he and his family moved out because of security concerns.
NIGHT OWL: The late Mr Lee worked into the night on his books. Night time gave him the best hours to work and he would write and rewrite his drafts, sometimes till 4am, on his personal computer in his bedroom.
HISTORY: The dining room was where a group of English-educated, middle-class friends, whom Mr Lee called "beer-swilling bourgeois", gathered in late 1954 to engage in heated debates. It was also here that Mr Lee's eldest son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, grew up experiencing his first taste of politics.
ANCESTRY: The sitting room with a photo of Mr Lee's Hakka great-grandfather Lee Bok Boon on the wall.
SAFEKEEPING: Many of the possessions in the house are packed neatly in boxes and chests.