Remembering Lee Kuan Yew - Thank you - The nation with you in your final journey - See u in heaven

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew - Thank you - The nation with you in your final journey - See u in heaven
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

'Battleship' telegram on show at LKY exhibition


'Battleship' telegram on show at LKY exhibition




A cryptic telegram sent home by Mr Lee while he was in Sarawak in 1958 will go on display at the National Museum of Singapore from today. Mr Lee had used the word "battleship" to mean "steam boat" - a dinner request that was not fulfilled as no one understood it. 


A CRYPTIC telegram about a "battleship" that the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew sent to his family - when he meant that he wanted "steam boat" for dinner - will go on display at the National Museum of Singapore from today.
It is among some of Mr Lee's personal effects and speeches that will be added to an exhibition commemorating his life, the National Heritage Board and the museum said yesterday.
More than 38,000 people have visited the In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew exhibition since it opened on March 25, the statement added. Mr Lee died on March 23 at age 91.
The telegram, which Mr Lee sent home in 1958 while he was in Sarawak, says only "Arriving today battleship - LeeKuanYew".
Mr Lee meant that he was returning that day and wanted to have steam boat for dinner. But he used "battleship" instead of "steam boat" to save on costs as telegrams were charged by the word, explained his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a Facebook post on Monday.
"Sadly, since we had not understood the message, we did not have steam boat for dinner that night," PM Lee added. He found the telegram while sorting through his father's things.
Other documents to be added to the exhibition include a 1953 letter that Mr Lee received from his then employer John Laycock, and a copy of the 1949 University of Cambridge journal listing the graduations of the elder Mr Lee and his wife Kwa Geok Choo with first-class honours in law.
The Straits Times / Home                                    Published on Friday, 10 April, 2015

By Fiona Chan

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