FamiLEE saga: Singaporeans react with confusion, humour and CSI skills

Jun 15, 2017 06.13PM |

by Danielle Goh & Sharanya Pillai

FEELING Hsien over the Lee siblings’ public spat? But some can’t stop Wei Ling over it. The news cycle has hit the accelerator pedal, as Singapore reacts to the deepening dispute between the Prime Minister and his disgruntled siblings over the fate of 38 Oxley Road. With the saga unfolding over social media in real time, reactions have run the gamut from disbelief to dismissing the issue as a “private matter”.

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The top comment on Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s public statement post, “What has happened to Lee Kuan Yew’s values”, thought of an efficient way for Singaporeans to decide if the Lee’s residence on Oxley Road should be demolished…



Some painted Dr Lee as a filial daughter, fighting a noble, arduous battle to safeguard her father’s dying wishes. There was also speculation that there’s more than meets the eye…

Meanwhile, others took the side of the older Lee brother…



But with the lemons the Lees are hurling at each other, some are choosing to make lemonade. Playbuzz user Ozzy Lee created a tongue-in-cheek questionnaire for Singaporeans to find out which Lee they are. Expect questions like whether you fear that “organs of the state will one day be used against you” or whether you harbour political ambitions for your son.

Screenshot from Playbuzz quiz “Which Lee are you?”


Some Singaporeans bemoaned that Mr Lee Hsien Yang is planning to leave the country, and tried to come up with a Plan B for his future career here.

Others brought out their CSI skills and tried to imagine what led to the odd timing of the Lee siblings’ statement.


And it may not be election season yet, but Singaporeans are already rolling out the creative memes to eternalise the saga. This movie poster, for one, also carries a cheeky reference to another recent outburst over local films:


Amid all the buzz generated, there was one rallying cry that resounded across all the camps: Why was the PM’s vacation disrupted?

While Singaporeans may disagree on many things, it seems like the sanctity of holidays is not in dispute.


Updated June 18: The famiLEE affair has been brewing for a while now. Read our articles on the issue:

  1. FamiLEE saga: 10 things from the academic paper “When I’m dead, demolish it” (Jun 18)
  2. FamiLEE saga: Who’s involved (Jun 17)
  3. FamiLEE saga: Is a grant of probate really final? (Jun 17)
  4. FamiLEE saga: Somebody should just sue (Jun 17)
  5. FamiLEE saga: PM Lee’s version of events (Jun 16) 
  6. FamiLEE saga: Let a third party tell all (Jun 16)
  7. FamiLEE saga: The past three days (Jun 16)
  8. FamiLEE saga: How Lee Suet Fern got LWL her inheritance, according to leaked emails (Jun 15)
  9. FamiLEE saga: Singaporeans react with confusion, humour and CSI skills (Jun 15)
  10. FamiLEE saga: From 38 Oxley Road to 1 Parliament Place, not just a family affair (Jun 15)
  11. FamiLEE saga: Headlines around the world (Jun 15)
  12. FamiLEE saga: Now about that mysterious ministerial committee (Jun 15)
  13. Not just a famiLEE affair (Jun 14)
  14. Third generation Lee weighs in (Jun 14)
  15. “We do not trust Hsien Loong as a brother or as a leader. We have lost confidence in him.” (Jun 14)


Featured image from Mr Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page

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