Li, who discloses in an online resume that he has a PhD in Economics from Stanford University and a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford, said his grandfather's wish to tear down the house, a humbly furnished house near the Orchard shopping district, was to ensure that it did not become iconic and feed into a cult of personality.
Press Secretary Chang said the PAP forms the democratically elected government and that anyone dissatisfied with its performance can contest elections and try to convince votersthey can do better as opposition parties regularly do.
And she said here was "no cult of LKY", referring to the founder's initials.
"Singaporeans are grateful to Mr Lee and the other founding leaders, and wish to honour their memory. That is natural and healthy," she said.
While growing up, Li said his grandfather's home was a regular gathering place for his family. Sunday lunch together was a regular fixture.
"There was a table for the adults and the children would read books or play games," he said. "I saw my uncle and my cousins a lot growing up. I'd say we all got along well as late as three or four years ago ... The tragedy of this is that this is not what my grandfather would have wanted."