Lee Kuan Yew wax figure in China goes wrong, fails to impress many

The wax figures of Mr and Mrs Lee at the museum in Meizhou, China (left) and them at Madame Tussauds Singapore.
PHOTO: David Yip, Madame Tussauds' Facebook

It seems like the Chinese have infamously dominated the world once again in their terrible replication of wax figures and this time, it's to do with Singapore's late founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

On Saturday (May 7), Facebook user David Yip posted a picture of the creepy-looking replicas of Mr Lee and his wife, Madam Kwa Geok Choo. Yip wrote in the post that the picture was sent to him by a friend who visited a Lee Kuan Yew museum in Meizhou, China.

In the picture, a tanned Mr and Mrs Lee, who do not look like their real selves at all, are standing and holding hands. Upon closer observation, the awkwardly big hands of the figures are of a fair shade, contrasting to the colours of the faces quite drastically.

Comments about the figures aren't kind, by the way.

One Facebook user, Betty Kang, said: "They overestimated the temperature in Singapore." Another user, Sherley Servos, wrote: "Even our Madame Tussauds didn't quite get it right."

Yip's post has been shared over 1,000 times and generated more than 270 comments to date.

In August last year, a wax museum in Chengdu, China became a hit for featuring the "worst" celebrity wax figures.

According to China's English news site CCTVNews, the figures of Asian celebrities such as Stephen Chow and Zhang Ziyi were made as part of the tourist attraction to give visitors a close-up experience with the stars. The attraction, however, seemed to copy the famous Madame Tussauds exhibition but failed in its attempt.

Let's hope Mr and Mrs Lee aren't turning in their graves. And well done, China. You're definitely living up to your reputation of "Made in China".

stephluo@sph.com.sg