A picture says a thousand words

A picture says a thousand words.

I am posting 2 pictures today:

First, a photo courtesy of Straits Times Singapore of MM Lee’s home since 1940s: (also a home that the present Singapore PM grew up)

Second photo is the palatial home of a former MB ( not PM but MB):

I have come across a picture of Mao’s living quarters in one of the books that I have read. It is as simple as the first picture.


24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mmc
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 15:48:19

    whats wrong in flauting your wealth, even if the source is tainted. afterall, they belong to a different class of people, untouchable by laws. This breed is called UMNOputras.


  2. Mike
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 19:21:02

    Little wonder why Singapore with no even a single palm oil tree; rubber tree; a drop of crude oil; a tin mine; a gold mine and other natural resources can progress so much comopare to Malaysia with all the natural resources.

    Just in case you don’t know , Singapore is without a single dollar of foreign debt !


  3. doodle do
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 21:12:04

    If one goes to the reclaimed land at the Marina Bay, Singapore looks like a Garden city with scrubs, trees and plants. The stinking Singapore River during Dr Hsu’s student days has tranformed into a catchment for water supply. The Marina Bay will be the next CDB. Go and see for yourself


  4. Phua Kai Lit
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 08:09:03

    Why not go and admire the palatial home of the former MB in Shah Alam?
    In the area directly across from the road to the Taman Pertanian/Agricultural Park.

    Not so difficult to find. It has an imposing, wooden gate.
    Ironically, it’s not that far from the official residence of the current
    Mentri Besar.

    “You too can build such a house quickly if you become a local UMNO Orang Besar!”


  5. Piqued
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 11:01:17

    This Oxley road residence is LKY’s old home and is his registered address as per his IC. He conducts most if not all of his business from the Istana. His office is at the Istana and he has family living quarters there also. Also the Lee’s property holdings in Singapore are extensive. There was a court case sometime back when he sued an opposition candidate for suggesting that he received a special discount for an apartment he had then purchased for S$2.7m in 1995.


  6. Justice&Equality
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 14:56:02

    What would Malaysia be TODAY IF Tengku Abdul Rahman had accepted the PAP & LKY into the Alliance Govt after Malaysia was form in Sept 16, 1963? What would Malaysia be TODAY IF Tengku have practice Meritocracy then?

    It is ridiculous for S’pore, Sarawak & Sabah leaders then, to fight for their Independence from UK but to sit the Opposition Bench in Malaysia Parliament from 1963! For this Tengku made a Cardinal Mistake. At least Abdul Razak later made amends to be inclusive. By then S’pore already was separated from Malaysia Federation.


  7. disgusted
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:10:59

    How about PAS Nik Aziz’s house?


  8. foo
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 20:30:08

    Doc,we still have a lot of people still sleeping or accepting the fact that the goons they voted in are entitled to live in large palatial houses. These folks still have fuedal mentality,these goons are LORDS to them,everything they do is okay even if they steal the public’s money.
    And these crooks have not shame or shy about flouting their ill-gotten gains because they are right now all powerful.Time for Malaysians to wake up and kick these scumbags out.


  9. Meng
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:00:42

    How about the late Zakaria house in Klang pandamaran .its palace


  10. Lee Li Fa
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 14:17:50

    Dr. Hsu,
    I have to words to describe the above two pictures, one word for each.

    1st. Photo —– AUSTERE
    2nd. Photo —– EXTRAVAGANT


  11. Jong
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 15:47:20

    You should have seen Sosilawati’s grand palace! Does it not raise suspicion for someone her age and a former rubber tapper in her 20s to turn millionaire in such short span of time, if not secret biz proxy for some umno politicans? Her death was indeed a mystery. She could have known too much and they had to silence her, no?


  12. TH
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 15:55:35

    Dear Piqued,

    I believed your comment about LKY conducting his business and having an official residence in the Istana is irrelevant – Dr Hsu is comparing apple with apple, ie comparing the private dwellings of both LKY and KT. When he was the MB, KT too has an official residence but this palatial residence is his personal property.

    The case of LKY receiving a special discount for the apartment he bought was well publicised then and if I remembered correctly, the special discount was something like 10% off the developer’s selling price – compare this to the hefty “discount” received by KT – it was reported that the vendor (a company) bought the property at substantially higher value than the price it sold to KT.


  13. CYC
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 17:48:12

    How about Gerakan’s owned assets such as Menara PGRM, Cempaka Sdn Bhd and Wisma BU8 ? Why must the president always in control of such assets ? Is there a division of party assets and personal assets?


  14. Nick
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 23:46:21

    Click this link for Kelantan MB Nik Aziz house:-


  15. Pengsanlo
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 00:11:21

    Dear Doc,
    Read yesterday that Mr. Lee also revealed that he had donated to charity all his earnings of S$13 million ($10 million) since stepping down as prime minister in 1990 after 31 years in power. Here is a man whose strategy is to prevent corruption and attract talent from the private sector by paying the ministers well. Hold immense respect for him indeed. Bet many readers do too.



  16. Phua Kai Lit
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 09:44:47

    Hi Lee Li Fa

    Extravagant? Surely you are mistaken!
    It only costs RM 3.5 million, according to its owner.

    You should congratulate such ability to stretch one’s ringgits in these inflationary times and to build such a nice complex with so few (relatively few) ringgits. It’s very good value for money!


  17. Lee Li Fa
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 12:17:07

    Dear Phua Lai Kit,
    By extravagant, I mean spending a lot more money or using a lot more of something than one can afford or than is necessary. This bungalow certainly needs a lot more money to buy and furnish. But, is it necessary for a former MP.

    There again, you may say he is stretching his dollar on this palatial project, whose real cost and value, no one actually knows, unless an official valuation is done. His propensity to stretch his dollar may be higher compared to the owner of the 1st photo.

    Perhaps the owner of the austere property lives within his means, spend-thrift, and is not an exhibitor of opulence.

    There are still many people who cannot afford to own a roof over their head, less owing a house.


  18. CYC
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 14:20:59

    Even another dozen of LKY and LCE exemplary deeds will not be enough to cover up Gelakan’s pathetic performance. LKY will not bother to seek Gelakan’s opinion on governance knowing well of it’s insignificance especially with KTK as president.


  19. Phua Kai Lit
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 15:04:44

    Dear Lee Li Fa

    You understand irony and sarcasm, right?


  20. Phua Kai Lit
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 15:09:37

    Dear Lee Li Fa

    On the other hand, perhaps he could build his “extravagant”
    palatial complex for only RM 3.5 million because
    he furnishes it Japanese style (with Japanese style furniture
    bought at the local pasar malam).

    Hoh tai ng hoh sick (Cantonese: good to look at, not good to eat)
    Anything is possible in politics (and for frugal politicians), you know!


  21. oncheng
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 17:23:05

    someone may say, Singapore is “poor”, that’s why their leaders have to live modestly.


  22. mmc
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 23:47:21


    the greedy Gerakan took the publci land meant for the residents in BU. Not to be outdone, Samy has a piece and so does an UMNO corny. truly muhibbah in land grabbing aint it, from BN?


  23. CYC
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 10:20:01


    When elites steal, they do it in an elegant manner. It is all for the larger benefits of the party preparing themselves to serve the rakyats better. Even the word steal/cheat will be replaced with “to rationalize” or “to synergize” the overall development of that part of BU and Cheras. Those elites in dressed in Armani logo will defiantly defend their evil act with classical quotation wherever and whenever possible Or keep their elegant silence till the matter cool down. Here u see none from this pathetic party making a single sound.


  24. Phua Kai Lit
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 18:24:15

    Another Founding Father of modern Singapore, Goh Keng Swee, was also famously frugal — with tax-payer money too.

    As for our own ones, here is a typical reaction when I take foreign visitors to see showy Putrajaya — “Third World country trying to show off” (paraphrase)


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