Kita tahu LKY ini petah berbahasa Melayu selain dari Mandarin, Inggeris, beliau juga boleh berbicara Hakka, bahasa vernacular.
Beliau ada berdarah Melayu.
"We Straits-born Chinese are known as the Peranakan – the ladies are called nonyas while the men are called babas. We are the descendants of the early Chinese in the Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore… Malay influence, because of mingling and intermarriage, has produced a unique Peranakan culture and set of customs distinct from those of the Chinese community who came from China.”
Disini Temasek Review