Singapore PM’s siblings to flee country as family feud deepens
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother Lee Hsien Yang said on Wednesday he feels “compelled” to leave the city state amid a family dispute since their father’s death two years ago.
Two siblings of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong are at it again, spilling the beans of their discontent over his rule and saying they are “disturbed by the character, conduct, motives and leadership of their brother”.
Hsien Loong said the statement released by both Wei Ling and Hsien Yang has hurt their father’s legacy.
The two siblings allege, among others, that since their father Lee Kuan Yew’s death on March 23, 2015, there have been changes in Singapore that do not reflect what the late Mr Lee stood for. He was authentic and spoke his mind. “We feel big brother omnipresent”, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang.
We believe, unfortunately, that Hsien Loong is driven by a desire for power and personal popularity.
The two younger siblings claim that Lee Hsien Loong has been attempting to bolster his power and popularity by “milking Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy”, and that Lee Hsien Loong and his wife harbor political ambitions for their son, Li Hongyi. They also said, based on their interactions, that PM Lee and his wife “harbour political ambitions for their son, Li Hongyi”. “We question whether able leaders with independent political legitimacy will be side-lined to ensure Hsien Loong’s grip on power remains unchallenged”.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I will leave Singapore for the foreseeable future”, Lee Hsien Yang wrote in a six-page joint statement with his sister Lee Wei Ling that was posted on his Facebook account. “Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, especially the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son”, he said in a statement today. We feel hugely uncomfortable and closely monitored in our own country.
They also said they no longer trusted their elder brother and have lost confidence in him as a leader.
All three children, including his eldest son and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, have publicly supported this.
They cite Lee Hsien Loong’s opposition to the demolition their father’s house at 38 Oxley Road as an example of Lee Hsien Loong’s misuse of power.
He went on to add that while siblings may have differences, these differences should stay in the family.
They added that the Prime Minister harbours political ambitions for his 30-year-old son, Li Hongyi, who now works at the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore. Lee, who became Singapore’s third prime minister in 2004, said he would consider the issue further after he returns from an overseas trip with his family later this month.
A lengthy tussle heated up Wednesday between Singapore’s prime minister and his siblings over the last wishes of their father, the founding leader of the city-state. We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern.
“At the same time, I will continue serving Singaporeans honestly and to the best of my ability”. He said he would continue to uphold meritocracy as a fundamental value of Singaporean society. It was Lee Kuan Yew’s wish, as stated in his will, that the house be demolished upon his passing.