I ENJOY THIS ARTICLE BY THE DAUGHTER OF LEE KUAN YEW, FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE.
BUT I WONDER WHY MALAYSIA SEEMS TO BE THE SOURCE OF OLD-FASHIONED, NO-LONGER-IN-PRODUCTION WINDOW AIRCONS AND MOSAIC TILES.
Is Malaysia the dumping ground of unwanted, leftover and past season electronics and household goods?
Also why deny oneself the little luxuries of life? Radio, TV, fridge, hair dryer, washing machine, microwave oven and handphone can be considered luxury items but almost all houses in Singapore have them.
I mean, if the Lee family is so frugal, they should not use aircons at all as I, fabulously wealthy as I am, stick to fans cos electricity usage by air-conditioners is so expensive!
Then again, my cousin told me her entire family was so conscious of saving electricity by switching off and on the lights and fans the buttons broke and they had to change the switch pads! And install new wires as they had been over-pressed. Moderation is the answer as Buddha recommended.
In Kota Baru, Kelantan, our bathroom floors were plain cement and only when I grew older did my parents install mosaic tiles. Despite my parents' entreaties, I never bothered to switch off lights, fans or taps until I moved out and had to pay for utilities. Now of course I occasionally work in semi-darkness since TENAGA increased its electricity rates.
I am also stunned Lee Kuan Yew would ask his wife, who had suffered a stroke and was visually impaired, to mend his old pair of shorts! Surely that is taking frugality too far and to ridiculous length though I am touched Mrs Lee said "If you want me to prove my love for you, I will try"! Mr Lee should show his love to her by wearing his other shorts or sarong or ask Temasek Holdings to sponsor a new pair of shorts.