Janadas Devan has Spoken

TL;DR – Think of Singapore, and forget the rest.

It has been weeks since the 38 Oxley Road saga started and we don’t think we will be seeing a resolution anytime soon. Many Singaporeans might have already lost interest in this topic but there are some who definitely ain’t gonna give it a rest.

Replying to Lee Hsien Yang latest Facebook post where he was sharing his sister Lee Wei Ling’s post is Janadas Devan.

For the unaware, he is currently the Chief of Government Communications at the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and was formerly an editor at The Straits TimesHe is also the son of Devan Nair, the third President of Singapore. And by the way, this is also not the first public spat between Lee wei Ling and Janadas Devan.

Here’s what he said,

Dear Wei Ling:Your latest post blares, tabloid-style, misleading information. Having edited you for many years, I know this is not your style.

The email you quote was written when I was Associate Editor of Straits Times, not Chief of Government Communications. And as you know well, I had met Mr Lee Kuan Yew with a few other journalists to discuss a book that he had proposed on 38 Oxley Rd.

When he met us in July 2011, he made plain that he wanted the house to be demolished. But as the months and years passed, the nature of the project changed as it became less definitive whether the house would be demolished – and if so, when.

For example, we were told that you will be staying in the house for as long as you live. Then I learnt plans to build a model of the interior of 38 Oxley Rd was dropped – because, I gathered, Mr Lee was considering plans to gut the interior of the house altogether to remove traces of the private space.

There was no doubt then or now that Mr Lee’s preference was to demolish the house. But as the shifting instructions we heard from the family in 2011-12 – including from you – indicated, the fate of the house had by no means been decided at that point.

I ceased to be involved in the Oxley Rd book project in July 2012, when I left ST. My personal view remains that Mr Lee’s wish to demolish 38 Oxley Rd should be granted the moment you are no longer living in it, which may be 20, 30 or more years in the future.

In the meantime, I am as baffled as most Singaporeans why Hsien Yang and you wish to consume all of us in your personal family matters.

Please: Think of Singapore, and forget the rest.

(Original post here)

For the concerned citizens of Singapore who clicked on his Facebook profile (without a profile pic) just like us, you will notice that it seems that he doesn’t seem to use Facebook… much.

We’re not sure if he created an account just for this. If so, then definitely, A for effort.

— Edited to add —

As at 30 June 6pm, we noticed that he has added a profile picture to his Facebook account.



Author: Smith Leong

I'm a self-made thousandaire with a thing for tatts and a loud mouth you probably don't care about. Also blogs at www.smithankyou.com


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