Monday, 19 June 2017

The famiLEE feud: "Singaporeans 'sick and tired of endless' Oxley Road allegations"


Saying that Singaporeans are "sick and tired" about the incessant baseless allegations that have been throw up amid the Lee family dispute, Law Minister K Shanmugam on Sat (Jun 17) pointed out that the Government has serious business to take care of regarding citizens' welfare.

He also hit back at Mr Lee Hsien Yang for questioning his inclusion in the ministerial committee tasked to look at the options for 38 Oxley Road. Mr Shanmugam said he was "well aware" of the rules of conflict of interest, having been a practising lawyer for 22 years. "The suggestion that I am in conflict is ridiculous. If Mr Lee Hsien Yang seriously believes that I was in conflict, he can get a lawyer to write to me and I will respond," Mr Shanmugam said on Facebook.

He pointed out that he was "already a Cabinet Minister" when he spoke with some members of the Lee family, at their behest, & gave them his views. "They were not my clients. Nothing that I said then precludes me from serving in this Committee," he said.

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K Shanmugam challenges Lee Hsien Yang to send him a lawyer’s letter for his response
“I am sure most Singaporeans are sick and tired about these endless allegations, which are quite baseless,”

K Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Minister for Home Affairs has hit back at Lee Hsien Yang over insinuations that his position in the Ministerial Committee is a “conflict of interest having advised Lee Kuan Yew and us on options to help achieve Lee Kuan Yew’s wishes, and the drafting of the demolition wish”.

Shanmugam, in a Facebook post published yesterday (Jun 17), slammed the suggestion, saying it was “ridiculous”. He added, “if Mr Lee Hsien Yang seriously believes that I was in conflict, he can get a lawyer to write to me and I will respond.”

“I am sure most Singaporeans are sick and tired about these endless allegations, which are quite baseless,” “The government has serious business to attend to relating to the welfare of Singaporeans.”

related: ‘Secret’ Ministerial Committee is ‘fundamentally flawed’: Lee Hsien Yang

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38 Oxley Road committee: Suggestion of conflict of interest 'ridiculous', Shanmugam says

Law Minister K Shanmugam on Sat (Jun 17) hit back the suggestion that his inclusion in the ministerial committee on 38 Oxley Road represented a conflict of interest, saying it was "ridiculous".

He was responding to a Facebook post by Mr Lee Hsien Yang, which said that the composition of the committee was "fundamentally flawed".

"Mr Lee Hsien Yang has questioned my being in the Committee chaired by DPM Teo," Mr Shanmugam wrote.

related:
DPM TCH revealed that the committee members included Cabinet ministers
Mr Lee Hsien Yang: Composition of the committee was "fundamentally flawed"
Mr LHY, took issue with Mr Shanmugam's inclusion on the committee

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Minister K Shanmugan challenges Lee Hsien Yang to have a lawyer to write to him for his response

In yet another episode in the ongoing Lee family saga, Minister of Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam has just issued a rebuttal on his Facebook page to Mr Lee Hsien Yang's earlier post, noting that there is a clear conflict of interest by the Minister to be involved in the committee formed to deliberate on the government's decision in regards to the property at 38 Oxley Road, where Mr Lee Hsien Yang's late father,  Lee Kuan Yew once lived.

Mr Lee had highlighted that he and his sister were not given the list of the committee when they had asked for it, and were only informed through Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean's statement issued on Saturday late afternoon.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang had written in his post that he and his sister had expressed specific concerns on the possible membership of Mr K Shanmugam and his conflict of interest having advised Lee Kuan Yew and the two on options to help achieve Lee Kuan Yew's wishes, and the drafting of the demolition wish.

related:
LHY: Information that DPM Teo released what the 2 siblings have been asking for
DPM TCH: Nothing “secret” about the committee formed for 38 Oxley Road
LHY: “We have no confidence in Lee Hsien Loong or his secret committee”
PM Lee’s siblings raise concerns regarding present administration of S'pore

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ACTIVIST M RAVI THREATENS TO FILE APPLICATION TO ASK MINISTER K SHANMUGAM TO RESIGN

Activist M Ravi has posted on Facebook stating that he will be taking out an application in the High Court against Minister of Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam, for alleged breach in his code of conduct as a law minister. He is demanding Mr Shanmugam resign from his ministerial post within 48 hours, failing which he would file his application in court.

Ravi claims that the breach in conduct has caused "deepest disquiet in the minds of the public". Ravi has accused Mr Shanmugam of committing adultery. However, his post does not give any evidence to back up his claims. Read his post here.

  • "I will be taking out application shortly in the High Court for a declaration that Sham , the unlawful law minister is in breach of his code of conduct as a law minister and has the ministerial responsibility to resign within the next 48 hours , failing which I will file such application.
  • The breach of code of conduct for Minsters and particularly a law Minister has caused deepest disquiet in the minds of the public and such breach of ethics arising from sexual misconduct and adultery is not in line with the equality principle envisioned by th national pledge.
  • If Sham denies that he didn't commit adultery , then I will rest my case.
  • Speak to you Soon"

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K Shanmugam Sc 17 hrs

Cabinet Committee

Mr Lee Hsien Yang has questioned my being in the Committee chaired by DPM Teo.

There are dozens of Cabinet Committees set up on a variety of matters. Some are permanent, some are temporary.

Their composition is not public and they report to the Cabinet.

I am well aware of the rules of conflict, having been in practice for over 22 years. The suggestion that I am in conflict is ridiculous. If Mr Lee Hsien Yang seriously believes that I was in conflict, he can get a lawyer to write to me and I will respond.

I was already a Cabinet Minister when I spoke with some members of the Lee family -- at their behest -- and gave them my views. They were not my clients. Nothing that I said then precludes me from serving in this Committee.

I am sure most Singaporeans are sick and tired about these endless allegations, which are quite baseless.

The government has serious business to attend to relating to the welfare of Singaporeans.

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K Shanmugam Sc Yesterday at 04:34
Comments:
  • Lim Robert Why should there be a Ministerial Committee set up to explore other options regarding the demolition of late LKY house when LKY mentioned in Parliament as well as in the Media that he wanted his house demolished when he passed on. He even mentioned it in his book "Hard Truths".
  • Chan HonSun All the members in this "secret committee " are LHL's subordinates...Hence this why this committee is "shadowy" and an "abuse of power" . If you are really just and " free of conflict " , then the committee should have made up of people neutral to both LHL n LHY . But with PAP having overwhelming majority in government... That would be difficult . If WP MPs were in this committee...then I would say the committee would be serving it's purpose. The committee is setup by LHL to clearly to get what he wants... I challenge you people to respect the late LKY's wishes n NOT LHL's wishes . Dare to do it? I doubt so though... Conscience will haunt you people eventually... And LKY's spirit deep down.
  • Goh Ming Perhaps we should just demolish the home once MM LKY daughter not living there anymore, since it was his wish to demolish the home and let the plot of land redeveloped. We could just 3D scan the interior and exterior of the home and let future Singaporean explored it virtually.
  • Ivan Tan Dear Sir, I think it's important to clarify if any opinion the committee forms on the validity of the Last Will has any legal weight. From my layman's view, the committee cannot arbitrate the dispute between the siblings (as LHY alleges). It cannot take the place of the probate court. It's an important point because the wider accusation is that this is the unorthodox platform used to bypass proper legal procedures, an "organ of state" used to settle this personal matter unfairly. It brings into disrepute our legal system and the upholding of rule of law. It has to be clarified quickly if that's not the case to prevent confidence in the system being eroded.
  • Ben How Yes sir, u r right , our government has serious business to attend rather to set up these committee to involve on family matter, n you should have told Pm Lee or tch abt that when u r asked to be in the committee.
  • Kelvin Leong Dear Minister Shamugam, if you say you are above the conflict of interest, may I ask you if you have ever disagreed with PM Lee on any policy so far? If you have not, how could you convince Singaporeans that you are not subverted to PM Lee's views? The burden of proof lies with you because the way the committee is set up shows a prima facie conflict of interest.
  • Kyle Malinda-White You still haven't answered the question, sir? Why are you and others in a committee to decide on other decisions for a will that has already been confirmed? I think it's fair you remain transparent on this matter to Singaporeans. We don't want to see politicians wasting taxpayers' resources and time by giving "due process" (DPM Teo's words, not mine) to a will that has already been privately settled.
  • Clement Chiang In the first place why should there be a committee being setup to discuss on the estate matters? Shouldnt the gov be focusing their time and energy more on the welfare and the progress of the nation? I thought Mr LKY already explicitly announced and formalised in a will that he wanted his oxley estate to be demolished? Whats the pt of having a will even a probate granted if all these cannot be fulfilled?
  • Amelia Lee I would appreciate if the govt can prove with evidence the accusation is baseless since those are serious accusations, other than the sueing cos seriously I'm also tired of that method being used for decades. Yes sg have alot of impt things to settle but we also have many mps, ministers, the civil servants to handle those affairs. I will trust our system can function well even with issues like that happening. If it can't, then there a need to improve. To me it is not a family affairs if possible misuse of organs of state are in the picture. And no worry, I'm not tired and sick of the dramas yet. There's something call multi tasking, balancing and relaxing. I'm sorry to hear so many sporeans being affected by it and this drama actually affects their overall well being, if it really did. And in the first place, if is a family affairs, there's no need for a ministerial committee isn't it? Those are funded by taxpayers. And lastly, just respect lky wish to have his hse demolish. It is his hse.
  • Robin Chee You want to embarrass yourself with your increasingly juvenile, personal and Trump-ish remarks, please go ahead. But when you had the blatant audacity to represent Singaporeans in this case, it is another story altogether. Until you are able to produce a statistically-significant survey/study which revealed that "the majority of Singaporeans are sick and tired about these allegations", do not attempt to make unprofessional remarks like this. Because it merely highlights your intellectual impotency, which is clearly in its terminal stage. And by making this statement as a Law Minister without embellishing it with the requisite facts, you are disgracing not only yourself but everyone who has the misfortune of being legally trained in this nation. By proclaiming that the government has serious business to attend to, you are implying that your government is incapable of settling allegations of this nature swiftly and also attending "to the welfare" of Singaporeans at the same time. So I guess multi-tasking is not the forte of you and your team of Ministers? I see. And are you also saying that this issue is not "serious business" when it involves the integrity and reputation of the PM? What kind of hogwash are you sprouting? And please do not shame yourself further by listing your centuries of legal experience in denouncing LHY'S allegations? So what if an individual possesses all these experiences? Do they preclude the individual from being a nincompoop and from making a mistake at any given time? LHY's latest allegation is that since the committee is filled with PM'S subordinates, it is "fundamentally flawed" as this remains a private issue. Attack him concretely or explain to us concretely why there's no conflict or perception of conflict in this case. Your explanation is pretty flimsy honestly and why should he engage a lawyer to question whether there's a conflict of interest? The onus is on you to explain to the public clearly and in detail since this is a matter of national interest. Because NEWS FLASH-not all Singaporeans are like some of your supporters who would prefer to avoid all these debates and discussions. And do ask your boss if he's going to sue LHY and LWL for defamation as in the wise old words of GCT-if you do not sue those that defame you, then you must leave the cabinet.
  • Bruce Wee Sir, with due respect, your statement ("I am well aware of the rules of conflict, having been in practice for over 22 years.") does not clarify nor explain anything about you not committing conflict of interests.
  • Simon Tan Please sue them, Law Minister! They need to face full wraith of the Law for spewing baseless allegations(according to you) against so many cabinet ministers! Uphold LKY's values! Sue them!
  • Vincent Law Wow not only is your arrogance boundless. What a complete load of bull. Whether there's a conflict of interest is besides the point. You know full well that the siblings have requested the identity of the members of the committee, formed to deal specifically with their property and yet all of you chose to keep quiet until now? Something stinks.
  • Zixu Augustin Lee Someone commented this, very well said. "When Hep C breakout at SGH, no COI was necessary despite lose of multiple lives. Yet over a private family house and will, a secret committee is deem necessary without even being tabled in Parliament. Where are the priorities of this government?"
  • Azrin Rahmad If the Committee reports to someone who is also a party in the dispute, there might be a perceived conflict of interest coz at the end of the day, who is your boss? This Committee should not have been formed from the outset as it is a waste of tax payers money. Being a former civil servant, we were informed that even if we are in a position where there is a perceived conflict of interest, it is better for us to declare it and stay away from this issue totally. I thought this is the practice across all levels.
  • Sharon Oh I am perturb, a prominent family's pte issue escalated to involving the cabinet ? It should not be. With respects to all, this squabble should NOT involve the cabinet. The tax payers, are disappointed.
  • Mike Tan "I am sure most Singaporeans are sick and tired about these endless allegations, which are quite baseless". It is shocking that you would say such a thing as a law minister. Firstly, are you a judge to decide on whether the allegations are baseless? Secondly, how can you make sweeping a statement assuming most Singaporeans are sick and tired of this matter and who are you to speak on behalf of the majority of Singaporeans? Thirdly, if the govt really has serious business to attend to with regard to singaporeans' welfare, shouldn't you be the first to step out to suggest letting the courts deal with the issue of the will rather than waste precious time being in a committee? It takes just one incident like this to show us what calibre of law minister you are.
  • Mike Tan As a law minister, you should have the good sense to advise the involved parties to take this matter to the courts as such disputes with regard to wills are to be settled in the courts. Moreover, having a cabinet committee to discuss a matter like this is a terrible waste of resources and the cabinet is in no position to act in the capacity of the judiciary in any sense (unless you have forgotten what separation of powers is). I don't mean to undermine your years of legal experience, but I seriously think you can do better as a law minister than sitting in the cabinet committee to be told what to do like a puppet.
  • Goh Jin Hann The fact is theres just too many useless cronies occupying key positions in Singapore that's not independent and more interested in serving themselves than the people. System here is unlike the USA where unreasonable policies put forward can be challenged and vetoed by other 3rd party independent individuals.
  • Ariffin Baharum "If Mr Lee Hsien Yang seriously believes that I was in conflict, he can get a lawyer to write to me and I will respond." That's a weak statement if I ever heard one, especially coming from a Minister of Law.
  • Andrew Tang Dear Sir, WIth due respect you mention the govn has serious business to attend to relating to the welfare of Singaporeans..SPOT ON..why then set up the ministerial committee to preside the option on the Lees' private house..is'nt this issue a private matter to be settle between the Lee siblings..why waste govn resources to set up the committee..aren't you Sir contradicting yourself?
  • Simon Teo Dear Minister, would you please clarify if it is proper for the government to set up a committee to "validate" a will or settle an issue that was deemed a private family affair by Mr Lee Hsien Loong, especially when our PM had claimed he felt the last will was constructed too hastily. PS: please pardon my poor use of language, especially legal terms that I should/should not have used. It was never meant to insinuate anything more than just a query. Thank you.
  • Liz Soeswanto I don't believe any public servant, especially Ministers; should respond to any of the Lees' allegations. Its a waste of public resources and the method used to resolve this dispute is selfish and clearly self serving. This is a family affair of no national interest. Every Singaporean has the right to live in another country. So please go quickly and quietly. At least he will be a happier person and Singapore has one less unhappy person.
  • Olivia Alvilo just demolish the house god damn it. simple as that. who needs a house of the founding father to remember his legacy, is LKY legacy in itself not as sufficient that it needs his home to be preserved and kept for the many centuries ahead, to boost his legacy somemore with a memorial house?

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Lee Wei Ling 17 June at 21:42

We were once very good friends and each had helped the other a great deal. Also Shan knows Pa's real wish and concern as Pa consulted him when I invited Shan to Oxley. His view on conflicts of interests is absurd and unethical. It is sad to see how he has changed.

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DPM Teo Chee Hean responds to ST editor-at-large about 38 Oxley Road
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has issued a response to The Straits Times editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang

This was after Han wrote an opinion piece in ST on June 21, outlining what he felt were the three key issues surrounding the ongoing Lee family tussle over 38 Oxley Road.

In his piece, Han questioned the rationale of a Ministerial Committee to deal with the 38 Oxley Road house, as well as the somewhat adversarial and legalistic approach of requiring statutory declarations to be made on the part of Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling about the circumstance surrounding Lee Kuan Yew’s writing of his will.

Han also wrote that it is not too late to reverse the decision for a Ministerial Committee to prevent ministers on the committee from being further dragged into the tussle.

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DPM Teo says he set up ministerial committee on 38 Oxley, Hsien Yang labels it 'fundamentally flawed'

Responding to criticisms by Mr Lee Hsien Yang & Dr Lee Wei Ling, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Sat (Jun 17) said there is nothing secretive about the ministerial committee set up to look into the options for 38 Oxley Road.

Providing details on the committee in a media statement, Mr Teo also gave a glimpse of the various options being studied for the property, & reiterated that the Government has the responsibility to "consider the public interest aspects of any property with heritage & historical significance".

The committee was set up by Mr Teo and includes Cabinet members "responsible for heritage, land issues and urban planning" - Culture, Community & Youth Minister Grace Fu, Law Minister K Shanmugam and National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.

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DPM Teo: 'There is nothing 'secret' about this committee'

Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Saturday (Jun 18) refuted allegations that a ministerial committee considering options for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s house at 38, Oxley Road was “secret”.

In a statement, Mr Teo said:"There is nothing “secret” about this committee." He added that he set up the commitee, which is “like numerous other committees that Cabinet may set up from time to time to consider specific issues”.

Mr Teo noted that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had recused himself from all government decisions to be taken on 38, Oxley Road after the late Mr Lee died at the age of 91 on Mar 23, 2015. “I chair Cabinet should any deliberations take place on this property,” he said.

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Lee Hsien Yang Yesterday at 14:51

DPM Teo Chee Hean tells us that there was "nothing secret" about this committee. We recommend that he look up the definition of "secret" in a dictionary.

#respectLKY

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ESM Goh calls on Singaporeans to urge Lee family to settle Oxley home spat behind closed doors

Singaporeans can urge the Lee family to settle their dispute over 38 Oxley Road "amicably in private or through closed-door arbitration", Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said on Saturday (Jun 17) as he pointed out that this is "not the family legacy" which their father, founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, would have wanted to leave behind.

Mr Goh weighed in on the saga for the second time in as many days - and the third government leader to do so on Saturday. "It is not worth tearing up family bonds built over a lifetime over these differences, however serious they are," he wrote on Facebook.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Law Minister K Shanmugam had given their take on the matter, with Mr Teo issuing a media statement to provide details of the ministerial committee tasked to look at the future status of the Lee family home, including its composition, the considerations behind its setting up and the options on the table.

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Oxley Road dispute 'not the family legacy' Lee Kuan Yew would have wanted: ESM Goh

The dispute involving Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings over their father Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road home is not the family legacy that the founding Prime Minister would have wanted to leave behind, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said on Saturday (Jun 17).

ESM Goh added that he supports the "careful way" in which Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and the Government is handling the issue as public interests are involved.

He made the comments in a Facebook post in response to DPM Teo's statement that explained the setting up of a ministerial committee to study the options for the Oxley Road house.

related: DPM Teo's statement that explained setting up of a ministerial committee

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Singapore will not be dragged down by Lee family's 'petty disputes', says Goh Chok Tong

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on Friday (June 16) weighed in on the Lee family spat over 38 Oxley Road, by urging Singaporeans to "not be dragged down by a family's petty disputes".

Writing on Facebook, Mr Goh noted that Singapore has "prevailed through crises and adversity". "We are a hardy people, built our family and nation from humble beginnings," he wrote.

Mr Goh succeeded founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1990 and handed over the baton to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2004. He added: "What is happening in public between Lee Kuan Yew's children is not us and should not be allowed to define who we are. We are bigger than our troubles, stronger than our differences. Whatever damage Singapore may suffer, willfully inflicted or otherwise, I know Singaporeans will not lay meek… We will always look forward, to fight real battles and create a better future for ourselves and our children."

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EX-PM GOH CHOK TONG WEIGHTS IN: S'PORE WILL NOT BE DRAGGED OWN BY PETTY LEE FAMILY DISPUTE

Singapore has prevailed through crises and adversity. We are a hardy people, built our family and nation from humble beginnings. What is happening in public between Lee Kuan Yew’s children is not us and should not be allowed to define who we are.

We are bigger than our troubles, stronger than our differences. Whatever damage Singapore may suffer, willfully inflicted or otherwise, I know Singaporeans will not lay meek. We will not be dragged down by a family’s petty disputes. We will always look forward, to fight real battles and create a better future for ourselves and our children.

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MParader Yesterday at 15:11


Singapore has prevailed through crises and adversity. We are a hardy people, built our family and nation from humble beginnings. What is happening in public between Lee Kuan Yew’s children is not us and should not be allowed to define who we are. We are bigger than our troubles, stronger than our differences. Whatever damage Singapore may suffer, willfully inflicted or otherwise, I know Singaporeans will not lay meek. We will not be dragged down by a family’s petty disputes. We will always look forward, to fight real battles and create a better future for ourselves and our children.

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MParader Yesterday at 08:11

James Tan With all due respect Mr Goh, I think you missed a point here. This is originally a family dispute, which should have been taken to court to resolve. However, according to the siblings' allegations, PM choose to use the government resources to set up a committee to bull doze the way through.

This allegation, together with other such as abuse of power etc, are serious allegations as it questions the Pm's integrity and his conduct . So this is no longer a petty dispute. As a senior statesman, I think it is important for you to take up the responsibility to initiate an investigation into these allegations, as our country reputation and world standing are now at stake. So if these allegations are false, it can help Pm to clear his name.

PAP ministers and leaders has to stand up and do what is right for the stake of the country. They should speak out and not just close one eye and treat this as a petty family dispute.

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MParader Yesterday at 08:11


Martyn See "We have an understanding that if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave cabinet."
- Goh Chok Tong, Asiaweek, Dec 3, 1999

http://edition.cnn.com/.../interview/goh.chok.tong/goh3.html
ASIANOW - Asiaweek | Interview: Finally, Being His Own Man | Page 3 | 11/25/99
Goh Chok Tong on Singapore, Asia -- and himself.

EDITION.CNN.COM

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MParader Yesterday at 15:11

Harry Yohannan These are very serious allegations made by siblings who are no ordinary man-in-the-street. The siblings are highly educated, held top positions in both private and public sectors, and have even consulted lawyers before putting out these very, very serious allegations. How can you dismiss such serious allegations as just a petty family dispute ? These serious allegations need to have proper investigations done by the authorities and/or a BOI convened. So, is the government going to conduct an investigation, owing to the very, very serious nature of the allegations by the siblings?

These are your own words reported in Asiaweek in 1999, right ? "But if they've defamed us, we have to sue them -- because if we don't, our own integrity will be suspect. We have an understanding that if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave cabinet.”. So, is this report true ? Are these your own words ? It would be good to get some verification from you on this, because it was so long ago.

Here are links to the Asiaweek report:
http://www.singapore-window.org/sw99/91203aw.htm
http://edition.cnn.com/.../interview/goh.chok.tong/goh3.html

Since the allegations are far worse than simple defamation, there should more reasons for lawsuits to be filed against the siblings, right ? Else, as what you have mentioned and insisted, the Minister has to leave the Cabinet ??
Singapore:Goh Chok Tong: Finally, being his own man.
Singapore, Justice, Human Rights, Politics, Social issues
SINGAPORE-WINDOW.ORG

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The Independent Singapore Page Liked · 6 hrs near Singapore

"We have an understanding that if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave cabinet."

- Goh Chok Tong, Asiaweek, Dec 3, 1999

http://edition.cnn.com/ASIANOW/asiaweek/interview/goh.chok.tong/goh3.html

"What is happening in public between Lee Kuan Yew's children is not us and should not be allowed to define who we are. We will not be dragged down by a family's petty disputes."

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1672448012797858&id=182873625088645

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FamiLEE saga: Someone should just sue

The fact is, the Prime Minister is being rubbished by his own siblings. This is a severe dent on his authority and image. He’s taken people to court for defamation for far less. Of course, the sticking point is that it would look really nasty to take family members to court. But the allegations of abuse of power, dishonesty and lying are too serious to let them go by. Never mind the family connection, the key issue is that he is the Prime Minister and his standing among the people he governs should be a prime consideration. He should practice what his G preaches, that only people of integrity should be in positions of power. He should take steps to defend assassinations to his character.

On the other hand, the two siblings might well do the same since the implication is that they, or at least, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his wife, had connived to create a will that wasn’t in line with their late father’s intent. It does not matter that PM Lee had not challenged the will during probate. His statutory declaration to the mysterious ministerial committee has been made public and could be viewed as defamatory of the siblings.

Both Mr and Mrs Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling are people of some standing here and they, too, shouldn’t be content to let allegations go by. At least before leaving the country.

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PM Lee caught between a rock and a hard place
What would Lee Kuan Yew have done?

Lee Kuan Yew would never have let an accusation of nepotism or abuse of power for personal gain go unanswered. He would sue the pants whoever dared make any of those allegations. Former Senior Minister Prof S. Jayakumar once explained Lee Kuan Yew’s practice of defamation suits like this:
“He (Lee Kuan Yew) is prepared for a robust criticism of his policies. He can be criticised for foolishness, maybe even for incompetence, for arrogance, but his red line was — not on reputation and integrity. So whether it’s opposition politician or any other source, if you allege his integrity, say corruption for example, he would want to demonstrate that that is a red line … He’s prepared to justify his record… (he wanted) establish a threshold here that you have people of integrity, including himself, in government, in Cabinet and they are prepared to defend the integrity.”
Indeed, PM Lee is no stranger to initiating defamation suits. Take Roy Ngerng for example. Roy Ngerng wasn’t someone who was particularly influential nor were the things he wrote widely read. And even those who read his stuff take it with enough salt to give you instant kidney failure. Yet, PM Lee though it necessary to sue Roy Ngerng. Why? Because if PM hadn’t done so, then there is a possibility that some foreign institutions (e.g. governments, MNCs) may actually believe that there is a nugget, however small, of truth in what Roy Ngerng had said.

And now, we have two of Lee Kuan Yew’s children accusing his eldest child, who also happens to be the Prime Minister of Singapore, of nepotism and abusing power for personal gain. PM Lee’s siblings are far more influential than Roy Ngerng. Surely their allegations must be met with an equally, if not more, robust response than Roy Ngerng’s. Surely, if we applied the same principle that Lee Kuan Yew held in similar instances, PM Lee needs to act decisively to publicly prove that those allegations are baseless.

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Open official inquiry to clear up all doubts on Lee family saga?

More importantly, is PM Lee going to sue his siblings for defamation? Many before them have been bankrupted for saying far less! I am not suggesting that they be sued. All I am saying is that it shouldn’t be different rules for different folks because that would be acknowledging that cronyism does exist! Something that is bad for stability and government reputation!

Alternatively, is PM Lee’s government going to offer ratification and a full apology to those who have faced the defamation suit before? If he doesn’t take action against his siblings, he will run the risk of tacitly acknowledging that those before them have been wrongfully penalised. Again, something that affects government standing!

Most pressingly, gossip fodder aside, these allegations have raised a very serious issue – that of the misuse of state organs. How are we to tackle this? Should we not have an open official inquiry to get to the bottom of this

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PM Lee’s claim is a ‘lie’ says Hsien Yang
In 2014, PM Lee sued blogger Roy Ngerng for making “false and baseless allegation” which constituted a very serious libel against him, disparaged him and impugned his character, credit and integrity

PM Lee also said in his first response that he will consider the matter further after he returns to Singapore this weekend. It is unclear if he would sue his siblings for defaming him.

This is not the first time PM Lee’s siblings challenged him. In April last year, Dr Lee Wei Ling called her elder brother a “dishonorable son” and alleged that he abused his power. PM Lee dismissed her allegations as being “completely untrue”, but he did not sue for defamation.

In 1999Asiaweek in publishing an interview with Singapore’s former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, quoted him saying why it was important for Cabinet Ministers to sue those that defamed them, and that those that don’t sue must leave the Cabinet.

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO LEE KUAN YEW’S VALUES?

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House of Lee feud takes on national significance

Where the allegations get murky and troubling is the contention of Wei Ling and Hsien Yang that PM Lee had used his position to settle a family fight by getting documents from Minister Wong, which were then handed to his personal lawyer, Lucien Wong, to bolster his case. Even worse was the innuendo that Lucien Wong was appointed the Attorney-General soon after the Oxley Road property dispute.

Specific allegations like these by Wei Ling and Hsien Yang go against the very heart of what Singaporeans believe their country stands for. It is a place that not just delivers economic growth but also has a system that is corruption-free and law-abiding. In one fell swoop, both of them have left the edifice that the first PM built, nurtured and  vigorously defended in ruins.

PM Lee cannot just deny the allegations and throw back more accusations. He has either to take his siblings to court or set up an independent panel to get to the bottom of this scandal. Both routes are not new in Singapore. Those who defamed political leaders have been sued till they lost their pants. Public inquiries, though rare, have been held with the one on the Little India riot taking place just three years ago.

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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong is on the back foot


Why is parliament being dragged into this? This is a fight to be settled in a court of law or during an open inquiry, said former ruling People's Action Party (PAP) MP Tan Cheng Bock, who is challenging the government on the holding of presidential elections in September.

Will MPs stand up for Singapore and ask their boss difficult and probing questions? Rigorous questioning of power is not in the Singaporean psyche in parliament or out. With a lopsided chamber packed with government lawmakers and just a tiny sprinkling of opposition members, who are often shouted down by their PAP colleagues, a decisive debate is unlikely.

What's the point when the chief accusers won't be taking part? Both Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling won't be in parliament to answer questions or respond to points being made. The siblings' strategy so far has been to post revelations and accusations on social media from overseas. It looks like they are still holding some cards close to their chest to be revealed later in order to keep the pot boiling.

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Perhaps the most startling and truly new development is the emergence of the importance of Lee Hsien Loong’s wife, Ho Ching

We already knew she was powerful as the CEO and director of Temasek Holdings, which is the holding company for the massive network of government-linked companies that dominate the Singapore economy. From the glimpse of the inside-family politics this episode has provided, it is now clear that she has power far beyond this role. There are 12 separate mentions of Ho Ching as a player in the public statement released by Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling a week ago but the critical one is here. We still have no substantive basis to judge how far her power extends either in government per se or over her husband, but from now on, people will assume her power is ubiquitous.

The second significant revelation is the first airing by anyone in the ruling elite of the political ambitions of Li Hongyi, Lee Hsien Loong’s and Ho Ching’s son. His ambition had been well known for many years, and it was fairly obvious to anyone who followed the Lee family closely that he had been busy building a CV that would provide him entry to politics, but barely a whisper of this had been translated into print. Certainly, no journalist had gone near the story and even foreign academics like myself have been circumspect. Li Hongyi has denied any such ambition (well he would, wouldn’t he?) but now the story is out, and it is out in a way that cannot do anything but hurt his ambitions.

The third major consequence is the continued degradation of the Lee Hsien Loong brand and, by consequence, the Lee family brand. Lee Hsien Loong has never been as revered as his father and the events of the last week are likely to have further damaged him. It would be different if his period as prime minister had been a litany of successes and achievements, but it has been far from a success. During the 13 years that Lee Hsien Loong has been prime minister, government in Singapore has been unambiguously ordinary. There have been large anti-government rallies, the worse election result for the government since independence, and a series of spectacular administrative failures. He famously saved the 2011 General Elections for the government by apologizing for all the things the government had done wrong. This is definitely not the way to enhance a brand nor the way to build a dynasty. It is not even a good way to run a country.

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Singapore Lee Family Feud Goes Public on Facebook: QuickTake Q&A
The house at 38 Oxley Road, the residence of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.Photographer:Wallace Woon/EPA

Singapore is a small but wealthy Southeast Asian island state with a reputation for order and control. So imagine the dismay when its most famous family gets involved in a very public feud -- on Facebook. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his two younger siblings are embroiled in a spat that centers on the fate of the house that belonged to their late father, the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. It marks a rare public display of acrimony from a family that’s been at the forefront of Singapore’s establishment since its independence in 1965 -- a family that largely kept private any discord before the elder Lee’s death in 2015:

  • What’s the spat about?
  • Who are the protagonists?
  • What about keeping disputes in the family?
  • What does PM Lee say?
  • What’s the significance of the house?
  • What do we know about the committee?
  • Is anyone else involved?
  • What impact has the spat had on Singapore politics?
  • What about markets?
  • Could the environment change?
  • What about Singapore’s image?

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FAMILY QUARRELS, COLD WARS: EMAILS PUT LEE KUAN YEW’S PRIVATE LIFE ON SHOW AS DAUGHTER’S FEUD WITH SINGAPORE PM HEATS UP
Lee Wei Ling, the 62-year-old middle child of Singapore’s revered founding leader, released the emails on Facebook. Photo: Reuters
‘Take it to court, lah!’: Lion City captivated as personal details emerge in siblings’ fight over estate of founding leader

Awkward birthday dinners, ‘cold wars’, and dealing with an obstinate middle child: these were some of the vignettes from Lee Kuan Yew’s twilight years that emerged in private emails released online as a public quarrel among his three children sharply escalated on Friday.

Lee Wei Ling, the 62-year-old middle child of Singapore’s revered founding leader, released the emails on Facebook after her eldest brother Lee Hsien Loong, the city state’s current premier, launched a stunning broadside at her and their youngest sibling Lee Hsien Yang over their handling of the family estate.

The two younger siblings brought their dispute into public view this week with a scathing news release in which they accused the premier of abusing his power to harass them over the fate of the family home – a spartan, century-old bungalow near the popular Orchard Road shopping district.

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Composition of 38 Oxley Road ministerial committee 'fundamentally flawed', says Lee Hsien Yang

The composition of the ministerial committee set up to consider the options for Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road house is "fundamentally flawed", the founding Prime Minister's youngest son Mr Lee Hsien Yang said on Sat (Jun 17).

Responding to a statement in which Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean revealed that the committee members included Cabinet ministers who were responsible for heritage, land issues and urban planning, Mr Lee wrote in a Facebook post: "It is clear that a committee of one's subordinates should not be sitting arbitrating an issue related to their boss."

Mr Lee also singled out the inclusion of Law Minister K Shanmugam in the committee, saying it represented "a clear conflict of interest".

related: DPM TCH revealed that committee members included Cabinet ministers

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Lee Hsien Yang Like This Page · 18 hrs

DPM Teo has finally revealed the composition of the shadowy committee members. This was information that Wei Ling and I had asked for repeatedly from the outset for almost a year, and been denied. It is clear that a committee of one's subordinates, should not be sitting arbitrating an issue related to their boss. That is why the Committee is fundamentally flawed. As the subordinates of the PM, how can they possibly be in a position to deal in this private disagreement? This is the wrong forum.

We had expressed specific concerns on the possible membership of Shanmugam and his conflict of interest having advised Lee Kuan Yew and us on options to help achieve Lee Kuan Yew's wishes, and the drafting of the demolition wish. This represents a clear conflict of interest. When we raised this in writing, we were brushed off by Lawrence Wong with "Nothing you have stated precludes any member of the Cabinet from taking part in the Committee's work or its deliberations, with the exception of the Prime Minister." We found the refusal to identify the members of the committee, and to confirm Shanmugam's recusal particularly troubling as he is an experienced Senior Counsel and Minister for Law who should well understand the problem of conflicts of interests. Only now do we find out that he is indeed a member of this Committee.

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Founding Father’s Legacy Exposes Rift in Singapore’s Most Powerful Family

BANGKOK – The last will of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore, has led to an intriguing case of sibling rivalry: his firstborn son, the current prime minister of the Asian city-state, stands accused of abuse of power by his relatives.

Kuan Yew, who became the head of newly-independent Singapore in 1965, had requested that upon his death the family house located in 38 Oxley Street be demolished and the money raised through the sale of the land be donated to charitable organizations.

Built 200 years ago by a Jewish merchant and acquired by the politician in 1945, the walls of the home witnessed several important moments in the history of the nation, such as the meeting of Kuan Yew and his acolytes during the struggle for independence from the British (1963) and the subsequent separation from Malaysia (1965).

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Singapore PM: Last will of Lee Kuan Yew 'troubling'

The last will of Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew was made in "deeply troubling circumstances" with a family member helping to draft it, alleged his eldest son, the country's current prime minister.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said late Thursday that Lee Suet Fern, the wife of his brother Lee Hsien Yang, had "re-inserted a demolition clause" in the last will before the elder Lee died in 2015. The clause directed a family home to be demolished instead of being turned into a museum or heritage site.

Lee claimed that his brother and sister-in-law, who led a team of lawyers at Stamford Law Corporation, now Morgan Lewis Stamford, arranged for the will to be altered in December 2013.

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Lee Kuan Yew's Last Will Made Upon His 'Express Instruction', Says Younger Son
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Lee Hsien Yang, the brother of Singapore's prime minister, said on Saturday his father had expressly instructed the drafting of a last will directing the demolition of the family's iconic home, the latest salvo in a public feud between the city-state's leader and his two younger siblings.

The comments by Lee Hsien Yang, made on his Facebook account, followed those made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday that there were "serious questions" and "deeply troubling circumstances" over how the final will of their father, Lee Kuan Yew, was drawn up. The prime minister's office was not immediately available for comment on Saturday.

The feud between the children of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, over the future of the family home erupted publicly this week in a flurry of accusations and denials through press releases and Facebook postings, which also touched on Lee Hsien Loong's leadership.

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Chinese state media, netizens seize on Lee family dispute to criticise Singapore

Chinese state media and netizens have seized on the feud between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings to criticise the Republic’s leadership, drawing a sharp contrast between their coverage and that of the media in countries around the world, which have mostly stuck to factual and balanced reporting.

On Thu (Jun 15), for example, the Global Times ran an opinion piece headlined “Is family feud indicating a broader dispute in Singapore?” In adopting a hectoring tone, the piece posited that the family dispute was a sign that socio-political tensions were brewing in Singapore.

“The attack launched on Lee Hsien Loong by his 2 siblings to some extent represents the dissatisfactions of the liberals and opposition parties against the ‘central interest group’ built up by Lee Hsien Loong, which may lead to the outburst of conflicts in Singapore,” the commentary said.

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FamiLEE saga: Is a grant of probate really final?

IN A recent salvo against the Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Yang insisted that the last Will of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew is “final and legally-binding”, because it had been granted probate in Oct 6, 2015.

Since then the word “probate” has dominated the news, being frequently used by the younger Mr Lee and his sister as a defence of the need to demolish 38 Oxley Road.

But is it impossible to challenge the probate in court? Lawyers TMG spoke to noted that it is possible to mount a challenge, just that there would be significant challenges.

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LEE FAMILY FEUD COMES AT ‘GREAT PERSONAL COST’, BUT NEEDED DUE TO ‘BROKEN SOCIAL COMPACT’: LEE HSIEN YANG
The public row between the three children of former Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew escalates each day with new accusations and leaders weighing in. Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su/File Photo
Younger brother of premier says abuse of power has unbalanced the Singapore equation where civil liberties may be curtailed in return for the rule of law and a government utterly beyond reproach

Lee Hsien Yang said: “Let us not mince words. Singapore’s social compact under Lee Kuan Yew was – civil liberties may be curtailed, but in return your government will respect the rule of law and be utterly beyond reproach.”

He said this social compact was “now broken”, and accused his brother of being ready to use his “public powers to achieve his personal agenda”. He characterised a ministerial committee set up to evaluate the future of the family home at 38 Oxley Road as one example of how the premier was using state apparatuses to get what he “personally wants”.

“When a Prime Minister uses the government to grasp what he wants, this ceases to be a ‘private family matter’,” he said.

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Ownership of narrative

It goes without saying but in this ongoing battle, one thing is clear: Whoever owns the narrative, will stand a better chance in the court of public opinion. Right now, the mainstream narrative is to write this issue off as a “petty family feud” in a tumultuous world of terrorism and job insecurities and Singapore is bigger than that.

But this is a double-edged sword. Because if it is petty, then why not let it run its course since Singapore IS BIGGER than that? As of now, the constant and consistent release of information in dribs and drabs and the subsequent counterarguments from both sides are more tactical than strategic.

At the end of the day, Singaporeans want to understand what is really happening in this unprecedented state of affairs. This includes, of course, knowing what the motives are, the crux of the issue and what is at stake. Getting the narrative down pat is the only way forward.

related: #38OXLEY

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Alex Waipang Au Yesterday at 06:07

There are a lot of confusing details in Singapore's ongoing palace struggle, but gradually what is emerging as the key points may be these:

Lee Kuan Yew's will left the house at 38 Oxley to Lee Hsien Loong (his eldest son and the prime minister) -- though see my question below -- and in a "settlement" last year, younger brother Lee Hsien Yang bought over the house at full market value +50% more. LHY might have thought that the money was well spent since with control, he could ensure that the house would be demolished according to his father's wishes. (it is becoming apparent that LHL did not want the house demolished).

After the sale, LHY and sister Lee Wei Ling were aghast to learn that a secret cabinet committee had been set up to consider the future of the house. The secrecy was such that even the members of the committee were not identified. It is only natural that when process and key players are deliberately hidden from view, outside parties would be highly suspicious about motives. LHY and LWL might well have feared that the aim of the committee was to frustrate their intentions to demolish the house, and they might feel themselves very unjustly treated in being made to pay market value+50% in the first place only to be robbed of their freedom of action. It would leave a very, very sour taste, and would account for the intensity of their attacks on LHL.

One confusing detail remains: Some articles have mentioned that Lee Kuan Yew left his estate in three equal shares to his children.... if so, how did the entire house to go LHL? Or are those reports wrong? Maybe only a one-third share of the house?

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FamiLEE saga: 10 things from the academic paper “When I’m dead, demolish it”

IS 38 Oxley road just a private residence or something more? Many people, including the G, think there is more to the house than just the place where the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew lived.

But many of us, it seems, are late in realising the significance of the house. Last year a thesis paper written by a then-graduate student at Columbia University, Ms Cherie-Nicole Leo, looked into the importance of the house and what it means for Singapore. We found this thesis publicly available online and thought that it was worth summarising. Here are 10 things we learnt.
  • The house isn’t just about Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It’s about colonial history and the foundation of his party.
  • It’s also a key narrative in PM Lee’s upbringing and political career
  • Mr Lee Kuan Yew has publicly expressed hopes for the demolition since 2011
  • There are competing “values” in deciding whether to preserve the house
  • Taken at face value, LKY’s Will may seem incongruous with the principles that he himself espoused
  • But upon closer look, his Will – while personal in nature – might not have been self-serving, as it was aimed at serving the collective national interest
  • There are indications he may have been open to a “surrogate” memorial
  • The outcome of reconciling the competing values has been falsely framed as a demolish vs. preserve dichotomy
  • A possible outcome – and the most effective in reconciling competing values – is the middle way of redevelopment with some form of preservation
  • Such a compromise had been suggested before – reproduced here

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“When I’m Dead, Demolish It”: Contradictions and Compromises in Preserving Values at Lee Kuan Yew’s Oxley Road Home

Since the death of Singapore’s founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, on March 23, 2015, the fate of his house at 38 Oxley Road remains in question. In spite of its association to this seminal political leader and the fact that historic meetings that led to Singapore’s independence from British rule in 1959 were held in its basement dining room, heritage authorities and the Singaporean public are faced with a dilemma because Lee Kuan Yew had, on multiple occasions, expressed his wish to have the more-than-a-century-old colonial bungalow demolished after his passing and he had included this wish in his last will and testament.

This thesis uses the ongoing debate surrounding 38 Oxley Road as a case study. It aims to address how decision-makers in the heritage conservation field might more effectively negotiate the multiplicity of competing values ascribed to heritage sites in working toward a future common good. Through a discourse analysis, the thesis examines how a values-based approach to heritage conservation can serve as a basis for exploring more robust tools for decision-making through the adoption of a more future-looking, scenario-focused framework. In this way, heritage decision-makers are challenged to look beyond some of the field’s traditional paradigms, as reflective of the broad shift from more expert-driven materials-based approaches to more participatory and contextually aware values-based approaches. In line with a values-based approach that posits that the goal of heritage conservation is to preserve significance and not material for its own sake, this thesis shows how an assessment and prioritization of the broad range of values ascribed to a heritage site can expand the range of potential outcomes that may effectively transfer those values to future generations.

Acknowledging and understanding this spectrum of possible outcomes and evaluating their trade-offs can help to enhance the field’s capacity to creatively work out contradictions and reach compromises in its decisions. In doing so, heritage decision-makers can more effectively engage in dialogue with related planning and policy fields as they work toward shaping the collective future.

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In his 15th FB post in 5 days, Lee Hsien Yang asks DPM Teo to find the dictionary definition of “secret”
We now know that Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) wakes up early on a Sunday morning

At 5.51am, LHY posted a Facebook post and disagreed with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean’s take that there was “nothing secret” regarding the ministerial committee set up to study the various options for the late Lee Kuan Yew’s house at 38 Oxley Road.

LHY’s 15th FB post in five days — three posts were re-shares of the Facebook posts by his sister Lee Wei Ling’s — was one of those jibes that we usually witness during social media arguments, where a provocateur questions his opponent’s definition of a word.

In the post, LHY asked DPM Teo to look up the definition of “secret” in a dictionary, and ended off with a respectLKY hashtag.

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Opposition members point out that Oxley-squabble is not just sibling rivalry but highlights major flaws in governance

The Prime Minister (PM) as well as members of his Cabinet have tried to characterise the serious aspersions cast upon him by the PM’s brother and sister as petty sibling squabble. But members of the opposition have pointed out that it is not mere sibling rivalry but that the allegations point to matters of public interest, which raise grave concerns.

Secretary-general of the Singapore First party, in writing an open letter to the President of Singapore, highlighted that two allegations especially must be dealt with by an official enquiry. “Two key points stand out. Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang have alleged
  • that PM Lee misuses “his position and influence over the government and its agencies to drive his personal agenda” against them and Hsien Yang’s wife Suet Fern, and
  • that even though Ho Ching (wife of PM Lee) does not hold any elected or official position in government, “her influence is pervasive, and extends well beyond her job purview”.
These are serious allegations from senior members of the establishment who have given much of their life to public service. They should not be taken lightly. They hit at Singapore’s core values.”

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Will a parliamentary hearing make Singapore PM's problems go away?

The parliamentary meeting on July 3 will be an opportunity for Lee to clear his name, but in doing so he will have no choice to throw light on a number of issues that have unsettled many Singaporeans, including:

  • Was there a conspiracy to get Lee Kuan Yew to reinstate the clause to demolish the house?
  • Why was a ministerial committee appointed to look into options for the property with Lee's siblings and the public being kept out of the loop?
  • Was there any conflict of interest in the appointing of Lee's lawyer in the property, 63-year-old Lucien Wong, to replace 60-year-old V K Rajah as attorney general?

The edifice Lee Kuan Yew built and nurtured is crumbling. It is the responsibility of the prime minister to make sure it remains intact.

It remains to be seen whether MPs will ask the tough questions necessary to elicit hard truths from the prime minister, and what his siblings' next moves will be.

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Singapore PM's Family Feud Reveals Rise of the 'First Lady'

On April 15, 2010, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was interviewed by Charlie Rose on American national television and declared without reservation that if anyone suggested that Singapore has a dynastic government – if there was any hint of nepotism – then he would sue them.

That was then. Seven years and two months later, on June 14, 2017, his own brother and sister (Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling) accused him of exactly that. He has not sued them, but his brother has said he will flee the country in fear of unspecified repercussions from his conflict with his brother. They accuse him not only of having dynastic ambitions for his son, Li Hongyi, but also of abusing his power as prime minister in his effort to "advance his personal agenda" and of cowering the local press into timid silence.

The tipping point of the dispute is the last will and testament of the family patriarch, Lee Kuan Yew, who died on 23 March 2015. The specific point of dispute is disposal of the family home: Lee Kuan Yew wanted it bulldozed; Lee Hsien Loong wants it preserved and heritage listed. More to the point, he is accused of using the power of Cabinet and his Attorney-General (formerly his personal solicitor) to make it so. (Last week Cabinet Secretary Tan Kee Yong confirmed Cabinet had set up an internal ministerial committee to consider the options for the house but PM Lee had not been involved in the committee's discussions.) The PM's younger siblings have enlisted the power of Facebook and the foreign media (bypassing the Singapore press) to stop him.

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LEE FAMILY SPAT: HO CHING INSTRUCTED SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS WHEN SHE HAS NO OFFICIAL POSITION IN GOVT

Singapore has no such thing as the wife of the prime minister being a ‘first lady’. Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. During those many years, his wife (our mother) consistently avoided the limelight, remaining his stalwart supporter and advisor in private.

She lived discreetly, and set a high bar for the conduct of a prime minister’s wife. She would never instruct Permanent Secretaries or senior civil servants.

The contrast between her and Ho Ching could not be more stark. While Ho Ching holds no elected or official position in government, her influence is pervasive, and extends well beyond her job purview.

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The Lees of Singapore

It is no secret that a dynasty has emerged as the ruling force in Singapore. The Lee family (of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong) is referred to as ‘the first family’ as a matter of routine in private conversation, though not usually in public. Power has already passed from father to son and now there is a generation of high-flying grandsons in the wings.

This article traces the establishment and consolidation of the Lee dynasty from the point in the early 1980s when Lee Kuan Yew emerged as the centre of all the significant power networks in Singapore, through to the consolidation of power in the hands of his son, Lee Hsien Loong, in 2011. In the process of doing this, it argues that despite official rhetoric that says that the country runs on the talent of the best and most talented men and women in the country, and the closely related myth that professionalism provides the basis of governance, the reality is that of rule by a family-based clique of confidantes and relatives.

There is a strong element of reality to both myths, but both elements are ultimately subordinated to and in the service of the forces of consanguineous and personal networks.

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LKY poked his nose into the business of others

Some Singaporeans posted responses to the prime minister’s statement on Facebook, urging him to sue his siblings for libel. Lee Hsien Yang says he is ready to face a lawsuit. He says the purpose of his statement was to make it harder to thwart his father’s wishes. But Lee Hsien Loong says it is his siblings’ airing of the family dispute that “has hurt our father’s legacy”.

In my view, what the dispute really hurts is his father’s sanctimony. He does not look holier than other people now. LKY poked his nose into the business of others, and tried to tell them what to do. He made it official policy for Singapore to sue opposition politicians and journalists who criticized him and his government with expensive lawsuits in his homecourt, in order to drive them to bankruptcy or to submission.

If Lee Hsien Loong sues his siblings to accomplish the same objective, he will drive Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy to disrepute and ridicule.

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Lee Kuan Yew turning in his grave

A Filipino columnist for the Manila Times wrote that Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), the redoubtable Singaporean leader who had a penchant to hector other leaders and lecture the West about Asian values, must be turning in his grave.

He said while his – that is LKY – country is still up in the charts for sheer performance, the family he has left behind is being torn apart by a family feud. “His political dynasty may not be as cohesive or admirable as everyone supposed. “In my view, what the dispute really hurts is his father’s sanctimony. He does not look holier than other people now,” he wrote.

He said LKY poked his nose into the business of others, and tried to tell them what to do.

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FamiLEE saga: Some leeway should be given
Common Lies about Oxley 38
The 3,882-word rebuttal from PM Lee to his siblings in full here
How Lee Suet Fern got LWL her inheritance, according to leaked emails.
Singapore in Good Hands, the Lee Family Feud Notwithstanding
Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy is about to be destroyed by daughter and other son
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The Legacy of Mr Lee’s House
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Li Shengwu: Does not intend to go into politics, and believes it is bad
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Lee Kuan Yew’s last will was made under ‘deeply troubling circumstances’
Lee Hsien Yang & Lee Wei Ling threatened to blow up issue during GE2015
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Lee family spat: Many concerned about fallout
Gov responsibility to consider heritage,historical significance of 38 Oxley Rd
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Oxley Road dispute: How it unfolded
FamiLEE saga:10 things from academic paper“When I'm dead, demolish it”
What the family feuds in Hong Kong and Singapore tell us
Fathers impart advice in their own special way – Hsien Loong
Founding father's legacy exposes rift in Singapore
When personal turns political: How a public family feud affects leadership
Lee family feud - a test of Singapore's political maturity
Singapore PM: Last will of Lee Kuan Yew 'troubling'
Lee Kuan Yew's final will was simply his first will: Lee Hsien Yang
Oxley Road dispute 'not the family legacy' Lee Kuan Yew would have wanted
LKY gave 'express instructions' to revert to first version of his will, says LHY
LWLdisputes PM's account of her reaction to changes to her father's will
Composition of 38 Oxley Road ministerial committee 'fundamentally flawed'
Stamford Law Corporation did not draft Lee Kuan Yew's final will: LHY
LHY defends final will of LKY says his father gave 'express instruction' revert
Ministerial committee on 38 Oxley Road 'fundamentally flawed', says LHY
LHY unhappy over delay and uncertainty in demolishing Oxley Road House
Lee Suet Fern no longer law firm's Singapore head
Singapore: Leaders urge Lee Kuan Yew's children to end feud
Stamford Law did not draft any of Lee Kuan Yew's wills: Lee Hsien Yang
LKY's last will, family feud gives Lee Hsien Loong 'grave concerns'
Wife's firm didn't draft LKY's last will: Lee Hsien Yang
LKY's last will made upon his 'express instruction', says younger son
Who's who in the Lee Kuan Yew family feud
Questions emerge on who wrote Lee Kuan Yew's last will
Lee Suet Fern steps down as managing partner in law firm
S'pore PM questions how Lee Kuan Yew's will was drawn up
Lee Hsien Yang says wife's firm did not draft will
'Secret committee' focusing solely on demolition clause in LKY's will
More questions arise over Lee Kuan Yew's final will
Timeline: Making and execution of Lee Kuan Yew's will
LHY's suggestion of conflict of interest is 'ridiculous', says Shanmugam
Lawyer Kwa Kim Li says she did not prepare Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will
LHY reminds us: PM Lee's personal lawyer Lucien Wong is now A-G
Singapore's Squabbling Lees Back in the Limelight
Lee family to settle Oxley home spat behind closed doors
LHY asks DPM Teo to find the dictionary definition of “secret”
Singapore will not be dragged down by Lee family's 'petty disputes'
Singapore's first family trading blows on Facebook
Morgan Lewis Singapore Chief Becomes Entangled in PM's Family Feud
Singapore will not be dragged down by Lee family's 'petty disputes'
Sibling rivalry raises political risks in Singapore
Lee Wei Ling raps Shanmugam for view on conflict of interest
Hsien Loong's sister-in-law changes job role amid family feud
Sons, mothers, money and memory: theories about the LKY family feud
Lawrence Wong brushed questions abt Shan's involvement in committee
House at heart of Spore's Lee family feud no foundations, cracks in walls
Hsien Yang continues referring to them as 'shadowy'
The Lee Family Feud: A twist in the Singapore story
‘Secret’ Ministerial Committee is ‘fundamentally flawed’: Lee Hsien Yang
‘Nothing secret’ about ministerial committee on Oxley Rd home: DPM Teo
LWL was distrustful of LHY & Suet Fern; suspected they played her out
38 Oxley Road dispute: Key issues
How it unfolded
Heritage value of Oxley home of public interest: DPM Teo
ESM Goh calls on S'poreans urge Lees settle Oxley spat behind closed doors
Oxley Road dispute 'not the family legacy' LKY would have wanted: ESM Goh
S'poreans 'sick and tired of endless' Oxley Road allegations: Shanmugam
Minister Shanmugan challenges LHY to have lawyer write him for his response
DPM Teo: 'There is nothing 'secret' about this committee'
Oxley Road dispute: Time to reflect, and seek the common good
FamiLEE saga: Who's involved
House of Lee feud takes on national significance
Points of contention over 38 Oxley Road
Goh Chok Tong urges S'poreans to urge the Lees to settle dispute amicably
Sons,mothers,money & memory: theories about the LKY family feud
Spore PM: Last will of Lee Kuan Yew 'troubling'
Feud Within Sg's 1st Family Leads to Outpouring of Concern on Social Media
Computer science student analyses PM's Fb comments on public feud and
Lee family feud - a test of Singapore's political maturity
Who's who in the Lee Kuan Yew family feud
S'pore PM questions how LKY's will was drawn up as feud intensifies
PM Lee releases statutory declaration ministerial committee look into options
Lee Kuan Yew's final will was simply his first will: Lee Hsien Yang
LKY gave 'express instructions' to revert to first version of his will, says LHY
LWL disputes PM's account of her reaction to changes to her father's will
LHY:omposition of Oxley Road ministerial committee 'fundamentally flawed'
Lee Kuan Yew's final will was not drafted by Stamford Law: LHY
Stamford Law Corporation did not draft Lee Kuan Yew's final will: LHY
LHY refutes PM's claim of role wife played in Lee Kuan Yew's last will
LHY defends final will of LKY says his father gave 'express instruction' to revert
Lee Kuan Yew's will is final and binding, says Lee Hsien Yang
Ministerial committee on 38 Oxley Road 'fundamentally flawed', says LHY
LHL LIED TO PARLIAMENT: LHY MAKES SHOCK ACCUSATION AS FEUD
LHY unhappy over delay & uncertainty in demolishing Oxley Road House: GCT
LHY: Information DPM Teo released what the two siblings have been asking for
LSF steps down as Singapore managing partner of Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP
Stamford Law did not draft any of Lee Kuan Yew's wills: Lee Hsien Yang
Family quarrels,cold wars,emails put LKY's private life on show daughter's feud
Lee Kuan Yew's last will, family feud gives Lee Hsien Loong 'grave concerns'
Wife's firm didn't draft LKY's last will: Lee Hsien Yang
Questions emerge on who wrote Lee Kuan Yew's last will
Lee Suet Fern steps down as managing partner in law firm
Lee Hsien Yang says wife's firm did not draft will
LKY's Last Will Made Upon His 'Express Instruction', Says Younger Son
Secret committee' focusing solely on demolition clause in LKY's will: LHY
Lee siblings and Li Shengwu fires new barrage of rebuttals against the PM
Spore Prime Minister Accused Of Abusing Power By Younger Siblings
Timeline: Making and execution of Lee Kuan Yew's will
LHL: 'I WAS BEQUEATHED THE HOUSE BUT AFTER LAST WILL
Lawyer Kwa Kim Li says she did not prepare Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will
LHY's suggestion of conflict of interest is 'ridiculous', says Shanmugam
LHY reminds:PM Lee's personal lawyer Lucien Wong now Attorney-General
Spore's Squabbling Lees Back in the Limelight
Spore will not be dragged down by Lee family's 'petty disputes', says GCT
Spore's first family trading blows on Facebook
Morgan Lewis Sg Chief Becomes Entangled in PM's Family Feud,Steps Down
Spore will not be dragged down by Lee family's 'petty disputes': ESM Goh
Spore PM Lee wanted to avoid 'public fight that would tarnish family name'
Sibling rivalry raises political risks in Singapore
PM Lee 'deeply saddened' by siblings' allegations
Hsien Loong's sister-in-law changes job role amid family feud
In family row, siblings accuse Singapore PM of abusing power
House at heart of Spore's Lee family feud has no foundations, cracks in walls
Lawrence Wong brushed questions abt Shanmugam involvement in committee
DPM Teo reveals 'secret' committee while LHY continues referring 'shadowy'
Spore's first family should quit politics: PM Lee's brother
More questions arise over Mr Lee's final will
Spore PM lied, claims brother as sibling feud escalates
Lee family dispute should have stayed private: Experts
Lee siblings' conflict of interest charge ridiculous: Shanmugam
FamiLEE saga: PM Lee's version of events
FamiLEE saga: Is a grant of probate really final?
Some intriguing facts about Lucien Wong, PM Lee's personal lawyer turned AG
1st family feud mesmerizes Singapore
FamiLEE saga: The past three days
Nothing secret' about ministerial committee on Oxley Road: Chair DPM Teo
Spore PM's brother says he fears authorities may stop him from leaving
Oxley Road home was where history was made
FamiLEE saga: Someone should just sue
Committee: Suggestion of conflict of interest 'ridiculous', Shanmugam says
ESM Goh not dragged down by Lee dispute, despite having no impact our lives
Will may be challenged after grant of probate, say lawyers
Spore PM's sister-in-law changes job role amid family feud
FamiLEE saga: Let a third party tell all
We explain the Lee saga like you're 5 yrs old, bcoz they seem acting like it
Day 3 update: LHL & LHY fighting over who drafted LKY's Last Will
LKY kids' feud rocks Singapore
Open official inquiry to clear up all doubts on Lee family saga?
9 other notable things happening in the world other than the Lee family saga
Goh Chok Tong says S'pore will not be dragged down by a family's petty dispute
ESM Goh calls to urge Lee family to settle Oxley home spat behind closed doors
Lawyer Kwa Kim Li says she did not prepare Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will
Stamford Law did not draft any of Lee Kuan Yew's wills: Lee Hsien Yang
Ho Ching’s 8-Facebook-post guide to Twitter
Ho Ching Apologises for Doing What Every Wife Ought to Do: Stand By Your Man
Ho Ching's 'it's a twitter malfunction' excuse for posting the monkey picture
Singapore PM’s wife apologizes over ‘middle finger’ Twitter posting
Ho Ching apologises for posting photo that could have been 'misunderstood'
Singapore PM parries sister’s claims of dynastic ambitions
MONKEY'S 'MIDDLE FINGER' WASN'T MEANT FOR SIS-IN-LAW


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