Siblings of Singapore PM Lee say they fear for their safety
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make a ministerial statement at the next Parliament sitting on July 3 to refute the charges made against him by his siblings over the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s house in Oxley Road. The Prime Minister wants to preserve the house, while his brother and sister want to demolish it.
“I deeply regret that this dispute has affected Singapore’s reputation and Singaporeans’ confidence in the government”, the leader said in the televised message Monday evening as he returned to duty after vacationing overseas.
Lee and two younger children of revered founding leader Lee Kuan Yew have been attacking each other on Facebook and worldwide media for days as a dispute over the patriarch’s estate became public, a spectacle that has shocked Singaporeans.
The disagreement centers on the house left by their late father.
The Prime Minister took to Facebook yesterday to apologise to Singaporeans over the Oxley-squabble.
PM Lee said the “serious allegations”, first aired in a six-page statement by his siblings last week, went beyond private and personal matters, extending to the conduct of his office and the integrity of the Government.
PM Lee said he had “done everything possible to avoid this state of affairs”.
In a rare move, PM Lee, who is also the secretary-general of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), has instructed that the PAP party whip be lifted that day.
In the video, Hsien Loong also explained how an offer to transfer the house to his sister for a nominal S$1 was not turned down, so, he sold his house to his brother at a “fair market valuation” and donated all the proceeds to charity.
The feud between the children of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, over the future of the family home erupted publicly last week in a flurry of accusations and denials through press releases and Facebook postings, which also touched on Lee Hsien Loong’s leadership.
Lee Kuan Yew, a Cambridge-trained lawyer, died at the age of 91 in March 2015, triggering an outpouring of grief across the city-state which he transformed into one of the world’s richest societies while muzzling the media and quelling dissent. He added that there should be no reason for any further quarrel since he no longer owned the house and does “not take part in any Government decisions on the house”.
“However, my siblings have chose to go out and make serious allegations publicly”. I tried to deal with their unhappiness privately. Ahead of the questions, he is expected to deliver a ministerial statement to refute the “baseless” accusations made by his siblings.
“We asked a simple question, that he (PM Lee) has refused to answer for a week: Was our father, Lee Kuan Yew, unwavering in his demolition wish?”