Li Hongyi, the second son of PM Lee

For some people, they have probably never taken notice of Li Hongyi, until he gave a eulogy at Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral. In case you didn’t know, 28-year-old Li Hongyi is the second son of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Ho Ching.

MustShareNews’ resident stalker did some snooping and found out 12 things you probably never knew about Li Hongyi:

1. He used to be intrigued by bubbles

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2. He likes building things

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This, according to his LinkedIn profile.

3. He eats at hawker centres

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4. He absolutely adores sundaes/ ice cream

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He also seems to have a penchant for wearing red, while his father clearly prefers pink.

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5. His Facebook URL is his name spelled backwards

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In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew shared about his dyslexic grandson:

I’ve got one grandson gone to MIT. Another grandson had been in the American school here. Because he was dyslexic and we then didn’t have the teachers to teach him how to overcome or cope with his dyslexia, so he was given exemption to go to the American school. He speaks like an American. He’s going to Wharton.

We wonder if he’s the grandson Mr. Lee was referring to?

6. He’s been an overachiever since he was a kid


He was educated at Rosyth Primary under the Gifted Education Programme, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Raffles JC, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2006, he won the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Math & Science. That same year, he was commissioned as an officer in SAFTI Military Institute.

7. He worked for Google USA after graduation

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8. He is now working for IDA

In 2006, Li received a Public Service Commission (PSC) Overseas Merit Scholarship, which requires him to serve a bond in the civil sector in Singapore.

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9. He was Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the army


10. He dares to whistle-blow

In 2007, Li made the news when he filed a complaint via email to hundreds of senior military officers and then-Ministry of Defence Teo Chee Hean, sidestepping the usual chain of command. In his email, he complained that a colleague went AWOL twice, but there were no actions taken by his superiors. He was eventually charged and administered a reprimand.

His email can be found here.


11. He advised his brother not to take up a scholarship


Despite Haoyi scoring a 43 out of 45 in his International Baccalaureate exams, Hongyi dissuaded him from taking up a scholarship, as revealed by Mr. Lee Kuan Yew in a dialogue in 2008.

Then-Minister Mentor Lee, related what Hongyi wrote in a letter, without identifying his grandsons by name: “He has written to his brother who has just got his Baccalaureate results, and says, ‘Don’t take a scholarship’.”

Haoyi later went to MIT, where Hongyi studied.

12. He chose the portrait of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament House

 Li Hongyi – our future prime minister?

Although PM Lee has said that his children are not interested in joining politics at the moment, it remains to be seen if he’ll eventually enter the scene. Will he take over the reins from his father and eventually be at the helm? Will he continue his grandfather’s legacy?

What do you think? Or do you think Li Shengwu would be a better leader?

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 Who do you think would be a better leader?

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