'Battleship' is the new way of saying 'steam boat' in Singapore

SINGAPORE - After Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared on his Facebook that his late father Mr Lee Kuan Yew once used the word "battleship" to mean "steam boat", many in Singapore have taken his lead.

Social media was abuzz with people asking their friends whether they wanted to have "battleship" for dinner, and even sharing photos of steam boat meals with the hashtag #battleship.


The late Mr Lee had used the word in a telegram informing his family of his return to Singapore from Sarawak, Malaysia, in 1958. PM Lee found the telegram while going through his father's things and shared it on his Facebook on Monday.

PM Lee explained in a caption accompanying the photo of the telegram: "He wanted steam boat for dinner, but as 'steam boat' was two words, and telegrams were charged by the word, he wrote 'battleship' instead, to save words and money!" Sadly, his family did not have steam boat for dinner that night because they did not understand the message, PM Lee added.



Two e-books on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew free for download

The e-books are available on Apple's iPad (but not iPhone), and Android tablets and smartphones from The Straits Times Star E-books app. To get them:

- Go to the Apple App store on your iPad, or Google Play Store on your Android tablet or smartphone.

- Type "The Straits Times Star" to search for The Straits Times Star E-books app.

- Download it onto your iPad or Android device.

- Go to "I'm just browsing"

- You will find Lee Kuan Yew: The Final Journey and Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas inside the app.

The app is designed to work on iPad devices running iOS 6 and above. The app is best viewed on tablets.

Due to its size, it is best downloaded over Wi-Fi.

The Straits Times has also released the PDFs of its print coverage of Mr Lee's death, from March 23 to March 30. This is also sponsored by DBS Bank.

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