Sonny Liew, the man behind ‘The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye’, has his own take on the 38 Oxley Road saga

Illustration of 38 Oxley Road, the house in the centre of the dispute.

In the midst of all the public conflict within Singapore’s first family, one voice that’s stayed silent (but sorely needed) belongs to Sonny Liew, writer and artist behind critically acclaimed socio-political graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. After all, his award-winning magnum opus does provide a biting introspective into the country’s political history, with a harsher look into the ethics of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Silent until now that is — Liew has since published a strip that pokes fun at the government’s consideration of “intermediate options” that simultaneously fulfils the late Lee Kuan Yew’s last wish to have his house at 38 Oxley Road demolished while also preserving heritage. By tearing down the house itself, but keep the basement dining room (where important historical meetings took place) intact. No, you’re not the only one who thinks it’s odd.

Liew — through his cartoon duo Chang and Eng — provides suggestions on what can be built on 38 Oxley Road, and it’s a doozy. Check it out below:

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