|Living a simple, frugal lifestyle. (Photo: The Sunday Times)|
If you missed Lee Wei Ling's article in The Sunday Star 12 August, click on the link below to read it. The article first appeared in The Sunday Times, 5 August.
A rather interesting account of how her father, Lee Kuan Yew, former PM of Singapore, instilled frugal habits in the children. The examples she gives of her father's abhorrence of wastage come across closer to austerity than frugality. I wonder if her brothers practise the same degree of frugality.
"I GREW up in a middle-class family. Though they were well-off, my parents trained my brothers and me to be frugal from young. We had to turn off water taps completely. If my parents found a dripping tap, we would get a ticking off. And when we left a room, we had to switch off lights and air-conditioners.
My father’s frugality extends beyond lights and air-conditioners. When he travelled abroad, he would wash his own underwear, or my mother did so when she was alive. He would complain that the cost of laundry at five-star hotels was so high he could buy new underwear for the price of the laundry service.... (Click here to read more:)
Isn't this taking frugality to the extreme?