“We do not trust Hsien Loong as a brother or as a leader. We have lost confidence in him.”
DR LEE Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger sister and brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee), released a joint statement in the early hours of Wednesday (June 14) denouncing PM Lee for his actions concerning the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s house at 38 Oxley Road. The Prime Minister is currently on overseas leave until June 17.
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They said that PM Lee had betrayed the values of the late Mr Lee, and desired power and personal popularity by trying to preserve the house against his father’s wishes.
The statement outlined the steps that PM Lee had taken to try and change or thwart Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s decision to demolish the house. It also named PM Lee’s wife Ms Ho Ching for being ambitious and for overstepping her boundaries.
The joint statement also said that the younger Mr Lee was leaving Singapore “for the foreseeable future” and “against his desires” because there was a fear that organs of state would be used against him, his wife Mrs Lee Suet Fern, and Ms Lee. It did not go into detail about what they experienced.
The statement said that the younger Mr Lee and Ms Lee were “hugely uncomfortable and closely monitored” and that they felt their “big brother omnipresent”.
The younger Mr Lee and Ms Lee are the executors of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s will. They said in the statement that PM Lee was removed as executor in 2011.
Ms Lee had previously gone public with criticisms of PM Lee, and the siblings have been publicly at odds over the issue of the Oxley Road house since Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death in 2015.
Read Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s and Dr Lee Wei Ling’s joint statement in full here.
Updated June 18: The famiLEE affair has been brewing for a while now. Read our articles on the issue:
- FamiLEE saga: 10 things from the academic paper “When I’m dead, demolish it” (Jun 18)
- FamiLEE saga: Who’s involved (Jun 17)
- FamiLEE saga: Is a grant of probate really final? (Jun 17)
- FamiLEE saga: Somebody should just sue (Jun 17)
- FamiLEE saga: PM Lee’s version of events (Jun 16)
- FamiLEE saga: Let a third party tell all (Jun 16)
- FamiLEE saga: The past three days (Jun 16)
- FamiLEE saga: How Lee Suet Fern got LWL her inheritance, according to leaked emails (Jun 15)
- FamiLEE saga: Singaporeans react with confusion, humour and CSI skills (Jun 15)
- FamiLEE saga: From 38 Oxley Road to 1 Parliament Place, not just a family affair (Jun 15)
- FamiLEE saga: Headlines around the world (Jun 15)
- FamiLEE saga: Now about that mysterious ministerial committee (Jun 15)
- Not just a famiLEE affair (Jun 14)
- Third generation Lee weighs in (Jun 14)
- “We do not trust Hsien Loong as a brother or as a leader. We have lost confidence in him.” (Jun 14)
- Mystery deepens over secret tapes of Lee Kuan Yew (Sep 30, 2016)
- Time for the famiLEE to end the public spectacle (Apr 10, 2016)
- Dr Lee Wei Ling gagged? (Apr 2, 2016)
Featured image cropped from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter greets Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong during a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, Aug. 1, 2016 by Flickr user Jim Mattis. CC BY 2.0.
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