The above picture of former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew's house was published in the Straits Times yesterday. (From this perspective, the building reminds me of the demolished Lee Wong Kee Restaurant, now rebuilt housing Houz in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, KL)
It struck me that the founding father of modern Singapore - a man who can certainly afford to live in a mansion, has chosen to live in a rambling old house that was built in the 1940s.
It says a lot about him.
The sitting room has furniture that one would expect to find in an old folks home!
It is this picture that got me thinking. If clothes make a man, how far does a house reflect the core values of the owner?
I am reminded of Warren Buffet's house in Omaha, USA.
The world's third richest man with a personal fortune of US$47 billion still lives in a 5-room house that was built in 1921. He purchased it in 1958 for US$31,500.
I have left out the two Malaysian examples of politicians with delusion of grandeur because it won't do justice to the many out there, trying to outdo each other!