According to Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, the Government will not hesitate to use the law to protect the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s name and image from commercial use and exploitation.
He was speaking to reporters on Saturday about concerns from the public that companies or individuals would try to profit off the LKY name and image since his death.
He said the government intends either to expand the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act (SAFNA), which regulates the use of these symbols, to cover LKY’s name and image, or to write a completely new law.
Wong added it would not be a “blanket ban” on all use of LKY’s name and image, but rather, approval will have to be obtained similar to how Singapore’s flag and state symbols cannot be used without permission.
“The intent is not to restrict people from coming up with their own creative ways to pay tribute to Mr Lee. We want to let that happen.” Wong said.