Friday, 16 June 2017

The famiLEE feud: "Will of Wills"


Lee Hsien Yang defends final will of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, says his father gave 'express instruction' to revert to first version
Mr Lee Hsien Yang said his father gave "express instruction" for the last will to follow the first version. FOTO: ST FILE

More questions have emerged over the final will of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, after his younger son Hsien Yang asserted that his father gave "express instruction" for the last will to follow the first version.

In a Facebook post on Saturday (Jun 17), Mr Lee Hsien Yang wrote: "Lee Kuan Yew's final will in Dec 2013 was engrossed on the basis of his express instruction to revert to his first will from 2011."


He added that his father's final will "was simply Lee Kuan Yew's first will of Aug 20, 2011, re-executed on his instructions".

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Lee Kuan Yew's final will was simply his first will: Lee Hsien Yang
This general view shows the outside the house of Singapore’s late founding father Lee Kuan Yew at Oxley Road / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Addressing media queries on the late Lee Kuan Yew’s will, Lee Hsien Yang on Saturday insisted that his father’s final will was the result of the first Singapore prime minister’s instruction to revert to his first will.

In a Facebook post in the wee hours of Saturday (17 June), Lee Hsien Yang also said that his father acknowledged the demolition clause of the family home on 38 Oxley Road in the final will.

“Lee Kuan Yew read the final will carefully and initialled every page, including just below the demolition clause,” he said.

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Lee Hsien Yang June 17 at 1:46pm · LKY's Final Will
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Lee Hsien Yang June 17 at 1:29am · In response to media queries on the will:
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Lee Hsien Yang Yesterday at 7:57am

SMS Indranee Rajah asks "Why is the government being asked to demolish the house now?" We have never asked the Government to allow us to demolish the house now, only after Wei Ling's departure.

In turn, we ask "Why was a secret committee on the house formed in 2016?" On 13 April 2015, PM Lee stated that since Wei Ling intended to continue living in the house, it was for the "government of the day" to decide.

Beyond the committee's opening letters, the committee was focussed primarily on parroting LHL's attacks on our father's will, and in particular, clause 7. (Just as SMS Indranee does now.) This was clearly an abuse of power by LHL.

SMS Indranee is pretending that the secret committee had an open discussion with Lee Kuan Yew's Estate about options for the house. Nothing could be further from the truth. The committee refused to state either the options it was considering or its final deliverable.

Long before the committee was formed, we offered to DPM Teo that the house be demolished after Wei Ling's departure, and a memorial garden be built in its place. DPM Teo was reluctant and did not pursue the discussion further. LHL also rejected this offer.

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Lee Wei Ling releases email questioning if PAP and Indranee Rajah are telling the whole story

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, however pointed out that her father’s true wishes had been taken out of context and that her elder brother, the Prime Minister himself had set the context straight in his email dated 12 April 2015 to his siblings.

The email said: “I say in my reply that the Will is subsequent to his note to cabinet, and that Papa’s position has been consistent throughout. Even his [LKY’s] note to Cab did not say that he wanted it preserved, only what has to be done if it is not to be demolished.”

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Lee Wei Ling 23 hrs

Now the PAP itself has decided to opine on the matter of our father's true wishes for 38 Oxley by taking a note of his to Cabinet out of context.

LHL sets the context straight in this 12 Apr 2015 email to his siblings planning his parliamentary statement on our father's passing:

"I say in my reply that the Will is subsequent to his note to cabinet, and that Papa's position has been consistent throughout. Even his [LKY's] note to Cab did not say that he wanted it preserved, only what has to be done if it is not to be demolished."

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Lee Wei Ling calls out PAP for quoting LKY out of context from his will

The email, sent from PM Lee a day before he addressed Parliament on the issue of LKY’s house, says:
  • “Subject: RE: 38 Oxley Road
  • Thank you. I have seen the statement you released. My response is in my reply to the Questions in Parliament tomorrow. I say in my reply that the Will is subsequent to his note to Cabinet, and that Papa’s position has been consistent throughout. Even his note to Cab(inet) did not say that he wanted it preserved, only what has to be done if it is not to be demolished. (portions in brackets added by us)“
This is important, because it shows clearly that PM Lee is also clear that LKY has always maintained that he wants his home to be demolished after he passes away (and also after Wei Ling moves out). That last line is meaningful too — “his note to Cabinet did not say that he wanted it preserved, only what has to be done if it is not to be demolished”. And if any of the above isn’t clear enough, another indication can be read from that same paragraph the PAP chose to selectively highlight but not bold in its video:
  • “If our children are unable to demolish the house as a result of any changes in the law, rules or regulations binding them, it is my wish that the House never be opened to others except my children, their families and descendants.”
If he was vaguely amenable to the building being preserved, he phrased very strongly this clause, taken from his final will, that the house must never be opened to people who are not in his family.

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'An insult' to LKY to suggest he did not understand last will, Hsien Yang says to Indranee

It is "an insult to a great man" to suggest that the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew did not understand or know what was in his last will, his younger son Mr Lee Hsien Yang has said in response to fresh questions about the document at the heart of a public dispute over the house on 38 Oxley Road.

On Saturday (Jun 24) night, Senior Minister of State (Finance & Law) Indranee Rajah reiterated a poser first raised by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong: The identity of the lawyer who prepared Mr Lee Kuan Yew's Last Will, & the questions that would arise if it was Mrs Lee Suet Fern, given that the final will increased the share of the estate for her husband Mr Lee Hsien Yang.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Indranee questioned who Mr Lee Hsien Yang was referring to when he previously mentioned "we took what we understood to be the final version of the 2011 will, without realising that a gift over clause had been in the executed version of the 2011 will". A gift over clause in a will provides for the gift of property to a second recipient if a certain event occurs.

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An 'insult' to suggest Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will: Hsien Yang

It is “an insult to a great man” to suggest that the late Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will, said Lee Hsien Yang.

In his latest Facebook post on Saturday (24 June), the brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the PM “is now getting his ministers to repeat his insinuations that Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will”. It was an apparent reference to Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah’s Facebook post on the same day.

Hsien Yang, who is currently chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said, “They argue that Lee Kuan Yew, a Cambridge-educated lawyer and sitting MP, signed his own will without knowing what was in it. They claim that he initialed beneath the demolition clause, without understanding what it meant in plain English.”

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Lee Hsien Yang: Don’t insult my father by saying he didn’t know what went into his last will

Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah, who is a Tanjong Pagar GRC MP, the late Lee Kuan Yew’s former running mate and senior counsel, has up the ante.

In a Facebook post on Saturday night, June 24, she asked some serious questions pertaining to who was the lawyer who prepared Lee Kuan Yew’s last will, highlighting the very real issue of a conflict of interests that could point to the heart of the Lee family feud.

In a rehash of a previously mentioned talking point, Indranee wrote that this was so as the only two lawyers that have been narrowed down who could have drafted the Last Will are:
  • Kwa Kim Li, who is the cousin of Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling
  • Lee Suet Fern, who is the wife of Lee Hsien Yang

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Four questions for Indranee Rajah on the ‘Oxley Dispute’

One of the points she raised was the manner in which the 7th Will was drafted. Indranee said “The concerns raised about the 7th Will can be found in the summary of Lee Hsien Loong’s Statutory Declarations. Essentially, they relate to whether the reinsertion of the Demolition Clause was brought to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s attention and whether he was given sufficient time to review the Will.” Our questions for Indranee:
  • Well, probate was granted on the will. Essentially, probate refers to a legal process where a will is “proved” in a court and accepted as a valid public document that it is the true last testament of the deceased. PM Lee had the chance and right to contest the will but he did not. Surely the will could not have been that dodgy if PM Lee passed on the opportunity to question the will in court?
  • In any case, the validity of the will should be debated in court, not dissected publicly by an office holder on Facebook. If you are so sure about it, take it to court, lah. Look at the past record; if they knew that they had a sure-win case, they would have happily sued already.
  • I am also curious why Indranee only questioned the validity of the 7th Will. After all, she says “The Demolition Clause was in the 1st – 4th Wills. It was removed in the 5th and 6th Will.” So the radical switch happened from the 4th to 5th Will. Why was the Demolition Clause removed then? It also does not square with what Lee Kuan Yew has always maintained – he wants 38 Oxley Road to be demolished after his death. So perhaps the absence of the Demolition Cause in the 4th and 5th Wills deserves as much attention as its insertion into the 7th Will?
  • Indranee also implies that Lim Suet Fern could have been the lawyer that drafted the 7th Will. She said, “If the lawyer referred to… is Mrs Lee Suet Fern, then certain questions will arise. Under our law, the lawyer drafting a will is required to be independent. If the lawyer has an interest in the will, the lawyer must make sure the person making the will gets independent advice.” She added that, “As Mrs Lee Suet Fern is his wife, if she prepared the 7th Will then the question which will arise is what independent advice MM received?”
Now that is a very serious allegation to imply. I hope Indranee has some evidence to back this up. No one embroiled in this dispute has so far confirmed who was the lawyer that drafted the 7th Will. What we know for certain is that it was not Kwa Kim Li, managing partner of the Lee & Lee law firm.

This sounds like professional misconduct at the very least. If no independent advice was given to Lee Kuan Yew, and Lee Suet Fern drafted the 7th Will, this would have been a clear conflict of interest as Lee Suet Fern would have been a beneficiary of the 7th Will as she is married to Lee Hsien Yang.

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Indranee Rajah 23 June at 02:00

4 Things You Should Know about the Oxley Dispute

As Singaporeans we are all saddened by the Oxley dispute. I am particularly saddened because I looked after MM’s constituency in his final years and got to see at close quarters what a great man he was. I know how much this would have grieved MM and Mrs Lee.
People have expressed confusion about the things which have been said. Many are trying to make sense of it all.

The key to understanding this matter is first to get a handle on the issues and some important facts. Here are 4 things you should know about the Oxley dispute.
  • What does the 7th Will actually say?
  • Why does the government need to be involved in what happens to 38 Oxley Road?
  • What is PM's involvement in government deliberations on 38 Oxley Road?
  • Can we demolish the House now?

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Indranee Rajah Yesterday at 07:06

4 Further Things You Should Know About the Oxley Dispute

As I explained yesterday, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew did not simply insist his house be demolished once he was gone. First, he said his daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling should be allowed to live in the house for as long as she wished. This means that the question of demolition may not arise for many more years. Second, the late Mr Lee provided for the possibility of the government deciding to preserve the house, in which case he asked that the house not be opened to others except his descendants.

Today, I would like to look at the last Will - or the "7th Will". How did it come to be? Why is this in contention and what are the issues?
  • How many Wills did Mr Lee make and what's the difference between them?
  • What concerns have been raised about the 7th Will?
  • Why is this relevant from a government perspective?
  • Which Lawyer drafted the 7th Will?

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Indranee Rajah: Demolition of 38 Oxley Road house was not only option LKY contemplated

Therefore, even based on the 7th Will, several things are immediately clear:
  • Demolition was not the only option contemplated by Mr Lee Kuan Yew;
  • there are two parts to the clause. The part first expresses his and Mrs Lee’s wish, which was for demolition;
  • however, the second part recognises that the house may not be demolished for a number of reasons. Mr Lee accepted that the house may not be demolished and in such case expressed his wishes on what should happen. Essentially he did not want the House to be open to the public.
Much of the recent public discussion on this issue has been premised on the assumption that the 7th Will only contemplates one outcome – demolition. But this is not the case.

The Will specifically accepts and acknowledges that demolition may not take place.

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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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Singapore PM, siblings at war over father’s will

A family feud being played out in public between Singapore’s prime minister and his siblings took an acrimonious turn on Friday, with accusations their late father’s will had been tampered with.

Tightly-ruled Singapore has been transfixed for days by the bitter row raging among the offspring of revered founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, a family that is the closest the city state has to royalty.  Allegations of cheating, lying and dynasty-building have been hurled, with claims his will had been altered without his knowledge 15 months before he died.

“I continue to have grave concerns about the events surrounding the making of the Last Will,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote on his Facebook page.


PM questions veracity of LKY's Last Will

He raises two key concerns as he responds to siblings' claims in dispute over Oxley Road home. Did former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew initiate a change in his last will that specified that his Oxley Road home is to be demolished upon his death?

And what role did his son, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, & his wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern, play in making that change - a change that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was not aware of until the will was read to the family after the late Mr Lee's death in March 2015?

These were the two key concerns that PM Lee raised yesterday in his first detailed response in a dispute with his brother Lee Hsien Yang and sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, over what will happen to the Oxley Road bungalow.

related: Points of contention over Oxley Road house

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Lee Hsien Loong shared their post.15 hrs

In my siblings’ statement issued at about 2am on 14 June, they referred to my representations to the Ministerial Committee, in particular the questions I raised on the circumstances leading to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s execution of the last will and the inclusion of the demolition clause. They claimed that these are baseless accusations and misrepresentations, which they had refuted in 2015. They also alleged that I had motives for raising those questions. This is untrue.

The Cabinet Secretary has confirmed that the Committee had “received representations from [me] on various facts and circumstances in relation to how Mr Lee’s last will was prepared”, and that my siblings had not responded to the Committee’s questions about how the last will was prepared and “the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm played in preparing the [L]ast [W]ill”. He added that my siblings have said “they will only be able to reply at the earliest by the end of June”, and have not confirmed that they will put their position in the form of a statutory declaration, as I have done.

I had hoped that I could defer considering this matter further until after I return from leave. But my siblings have continued to give interviews and make allegations against me. This makes it untenable for me not to respond publicly to the allegations and to explain why I have serious questions about how my father’s Last Will was prepared.

These questions are also directly relevant to the Committee’s work in establishing what Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking and wishes were in relation to the House.

I have therefore asked my lawyers to release this edited summary of what I have told the Committee on this matter in my statutory declarations. – LHL

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Summary of Statutory Declarations

1. Mr Lee Kuan Yew (“Mr Lee”) made six wills before his last will of 17 December 2013 (the “Last Will”). All the wills, save for the Last Will, were prepared by Ms Kwa Kim Li (“KKL”).

2. I learnt about the contents of the Last Will only on 12 April 2015, when the Last Will was read to the family.  I saw copies of the six wills preceding the Last Will only in June 2015, when KKL provided the family with the same. Only then was I able to review and compare the terms and changes between those wills and the Last Will.

3. The Demolition Clause first appeared in Mr Lee’s first will made on 20 August 2011 (the “First Will”).

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PM Lee Hsien Loong sets out timeline of events in the making of and execution of Lee Kuan Yew's will

This is a timeline of events in the making of the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's wills and the execution of his last will, which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described in a statement issued by his lawyers on Thursday night giving an edited summary of what he told a ministerial committee.

Aug 20, 2011: Lee Kuan Yew's first will - first among seven versions - is made. It is prepared by Kwa Kim Li, a cousin of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a lawyer at Lee & Lee, the firm co-founded by the late Lee and his wife Kwa Geok Choo.

All three children are given equal shares of the estate. The first will also contains a clause stating the late Lee's wish for the house at 38, Oxley Road to be demolished immediately after his death or as soon as his daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, had moved out.

related:
PM Lee releases summary of statutory declarations over Oxley Road house
PM Lee Hsien Loong details 'deeply troubling' way Lee Kuan Yew's will was made

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Lee Hsien Yang Accuses PM Lee of Fooling Lee Kuan Yew over Oxley Road House
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The bitter Lee Family Feud continues

This time, Lee Hsien Yang has put up another Leekileak accusing Big Bro, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, of misleading their father Lee Kuan Yew.

Lee Hsien Yang shared an email, supposedly written by Lee Kuan Yew to PM Lee and his wife, Ho Ching, discussing the status of the 38 Oxley Road house.

In that email dated 3 Oct 2011, LKY told Ho Ching that “Loong as PM has indicated that he will declare it a heritage site.”

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Questions emerge on who wrote Lee Kuan Yew's last will

Amid a growing dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling over their late father’s Oxley Road home, questions are emerging as to who exactly prepared the final will of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Ms Kwa Kim Li of law firm Lee & Lee on Friday (Jun 16) stated that she did not prepare the late Mr Lee's last will, contrary to his youngest son Lee Hsien Yang's earlier claim that she had.

In reply to a query from Channel NewsAsia, Ms Kwa stated: "No, I did not prepare the last will".

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PM raises ‘serious questions’ over making of Mr Lee’s Last Will
PM raises ‘serious questions’ over making of Mr Lee’s Last Will
In statutory declaration, he flags concerns about role played by Hsien Yang, Suet Fern in its preparation

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has raised “grave concerns” about events surrounding the making of his father’s Last Will, saying on Thursday it was untenable for him not to respond to his siblings’ allegations before he returned from leave overseas.

Giving his version of how Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Last Will of December 2013 came to be made - contents of which he said he only learnt about in April 2015, after his father’s death the previous month - PM Lee questioned the role of his sister-in-law, Mrs Lee Suet Fern, in the will and whether there was conflict of interest on her part. Among other questions, he also asked whether the provisions of the will were explained to Mr Lee Kuan Yew and if his father gave specific instructions to re-insert the demolition clause.

Without “proper & complete answers” to these and other questions, “there are serious doubts about whether Mr Lee (Kuan Yew) was properly & independently advised on the content of the Last Will before he signed it”, he said.

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I have grave concerns about the events surrounding making of the last will: PM Lee
Inconsistencies between what PM said in public and private: Lee Hsien Yang
Dispute with PM Lee no ‘private family affair’: Lee Wei Ling
'Serious questions' about how Lee Kuan Yew's last will was prepared: PM Lee
'Grave concerns' about how Lee Kuan Yew's last will was prepared: PM Lee
Lee Kuan Yew's last will 'final and legally binding': Lee Hsien Yang
'Serious questions' about how Lee Kuan Yew's last will was prepared: PM Lee

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PM questions the role of brother, wife in making of final will
Document differed markedly from its previous version, which did not have a clause on demolition of Oxley Road house

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong raised questions about the role of his brother Hsien Yang & sister-in-law, lawyer Lee Suet Fern, in preparing the seventh & final version of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's will, in a lengthy statement issued by his lawyers on Thursday (Jun 15) night.

The document differed markedly from its previous version, in that it gave equal shares of their father's estate to all 3 of his children.

This was a reversal of a decision that the late Mr Lee had made in his 2nd-last will, in which Dr Lee Wei Ling, his only daughter, was given an extra share of the estate.

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Lee Wei Ling's extra share of father's estate removed in final will
Stamford Law Corporation did not draft Mr Lee Kuan Yew's final will: LHY
PM Lee details 'deeply troubling' way Lee Kuan Yew's will was made
PM Lee sets out timeline of events in making & execution of Lee Kuan Yew's will
Lee Hsien Yang says PM Lee Hsien Loong lied in Parliament or to committee
LWL disputes PM Lee’s account of her reaction to changes to her father’s will

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Stamford Law did not draft any of Lee Kuan Yew's wills: Lee Hsien Yang

Stamford Law did not draft any will of the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, said his youngest son Mr Lee Hsien Yang on Friday (Jun 16), as the dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings drags on.

Mr Lee told Channel NewsAsia in an email reply that his father's last will was drafted by Ms Kwa Kim Li of Lee & Lee, who had prepared his previous wills.

Mr Lee was elaborating on his Facebook post which said contrary to PM Lee's claims, he and his sister Dr Lee Wei Ling had replied to a ministerial committee's questions about how the last will was prepared and the role his wife Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm had in preparing that will.

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'Grave concerns' about how Lee Kuan Yew's last will was prepared: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had "grave concerns" about the events surrounding the making of his father Lee Kuan Yew's last will, which stated his wish for his house to be demolished, he told a ministerial committee in a statutory declaration.

PM Lee on Thurs (Jun 15) made public through his lawyers, a summary of the statutory declaration he had submitted to the internal ministerial committee that was set up by the Cabinet to consider options for the late Mr Lee’s house at 38 Oxley Road.

In a cover note to the statutory declaration, PM Lee said he had to explain the "serious questions" he had about how his father's last will was prepared, as it has become "untenable" for him not to respond publicly given his siblings' continued allegations.

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Singapore PM Questions How Lee Kuan Yew's Will Was Drawn up as Feud Intensifies

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said there are "deeply troubling circumstances" over how the will of his father and the founding leader of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, was drawn up, in the latest salvo in a family feud that has shaken the island state this week.

The prime minister's younger brother and sister, Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, said on Wednesday (14/06) they had lost confidence in Lee Hsien Loong and feared that the state's organs would be used against them. Lee Hsien Yang said he and his wife, the lawyer Lee Suet Fern, would be leaving Singapore because they felt closely monitored and threatened.

A timeline issued by the prime minister's lawyers and published on Facebook late on Thursday shows that the three children of Lee Kuan Yew, who ruled the country for three decades, have been battling over the will for several years.

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Singapore leader hits back at siblings over father’s will

The last will of Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew was made in “deeply troubling circumstances” with a family member helping to draft it, said his eldest son, the country’s current prime minister, as the tussle turned into a political drama rarely seen in the tightly-controlled city-state.

The feud is laced with accusations of extralegal bullying and nepotism against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, compelling the prominent family’s second son to say he was leaving Singapore “for the foreseeable future.”

The fight started over the status of the family home following Lee Kuan Yew’s death in 2015. Prime Minister Lee said late Thursday that the wife of his brother Lee Hsien Yang had “re-inserted a demolition clause” in Lee’s last will, preventing the home from being turned into a museum or heritage site.

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Lee Hsien Yang refutes PM's claim of role wife played in Lee Kuan Yew's last will

In the latest update on Friday morning (16 June) in the ongoing feud among the Lee family, Lee Hsien Yang has refuted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s claim about the role that Hsien Yang’s wife Lee Suet Fern played in the preparation of the last will of the late Lee Kuan Yew.

Hsien Yang also refuted claims from the Ministerial Committee overseeing the fate of 38 Oxley Road.

Prime Minister Lee had said on 15 June that his siblings “had not responded to the Committee’s questions about how the last will was prepared and ‘the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm played in preparing the [L]ast [W]ill’”.

related: Lee Kuan Yew's final will was simply his first will: Lee Hsien Yang

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Wife's firm didn't draft LKY's last will: Lee Hsien Yang

Former PM Lee Kuan Yew's last will was drafted by his own lawyer, said Mr Lee Hsien Yang in a Facebook post yesterday. He said lawyers from his wife's firm did not draft the will. He was responding to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's statutory declaration on whether there was a conflict of interest when Mrs Lee Suet Fern helped to prepare the will & sent lawyers from her firm, Stamford Law Corporation (now Morgan Lewis Stamford), to assist in getting the will signed.

"Stamford Law did not draft any will for LKY. The will was drafted by Kwa Kim Li of Lee & Lee," said Mr Lee Hsien Yang in the post. Ms Kwa was the lawyer that drafted the late Mr Lee's previous six wills.

"Paragraph 7 of the will was drafted at LKY's direction, & put into language by Lee Suet Fern his daughter-in-law & when he was satisfied he asked Kim Li to insert it into his will.

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Dispute between brothers surfaced at reading of Mr Lee’s Last Will
Dispute between brothers surfaced at reading of Mr Lee’s Last Will
PM was ‘so struck’ by events then that he related them to DPM Teo 11 days later

The dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 65, & his brother Lee Hsien Yang, 60, arose during the reading of their father’s Last Will, and a “series of events” then led PM Lee to be “very troubled by the circumstances” surrounding the crafting of the document.

Mr Lee detailed his concerns in an edited summary of his statutory declarations to the ministerial committee, set up by the Cabinet to mull over the options regarding their family home at 38 Oxley Road.

The dispute between PM Lee and his brother surfaced at the reading of their father’s Last Will on April 12, 2015.

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PM Lee raises 'serious questions' about LKY's last will; LHY, Dr Lee hit back
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'Serious questions' about how Lee Kuan Yew's last will was prepared: PM Lee
Lee Kuan Yew's last will 'final and legally binding': Lee Hsien Yang
Inconsistencies between what PM said in public and private: Lee Hsien Yang

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Lee Kuan Yew’s last will was made under 'deeply troubling circumstances': PM Lee

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong released on Thursday night (15 June) a summary of statutory declarations that he had made to a ministerial committee about the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s will.

The committee had been set up to look at options for the late Lee’s house at 38 Oxley Road.

In the fifth point of the summary, PM Lee said there were “deeply troubling circumstances concerning the making of the Last Will” of his father.

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Transcript: Summary of PM Lee's statutory declaration on Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road home

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (Jun 15) made public through his lawyers, a statutory declaration he submitted to a ministerial committee set up to consider options for late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's house at 38 Oxley Road. In it, he said that he had "serious questions" about how the last will of his father was prepared.

In a cover note to the statutory declaration, PM Lee said: "In my siblings’ statement issued at about 2am on 14 June, they referred to my representations to the Ministerial Committee, in particular the questions I raised on the circumstances leading to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s execution of the last will and the inclusion of the demolition clause. They claimed that these are baseless accusations and misrepresentations, which they had refuted in 2015. They also alleged that I had motives for raising those questions. This is untrue.

"The Cabinet Secretary has confirmed that the Committee had 'received representations from [me] on various facts and circumstances in relation to how Mr Lee’s last will was prepared', and that my siblings had not responded to the Committee’s questions about how the last will was prepared and 'the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm played in preparing the [L]ast [W]ill'. He added that my siblings have said 'they will only be able to reply at the earliest by the end of June', and have not confirmed that they will put their position in the form of a statutory declaration, as I have done.

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Lee Hsien Loong releases SD on late father's house

Lee said the cabinet secretary had confirmed that the "Committee had received representations from [me] on various facts and circumstances in relation to how Mr Lee's last will was prepared, and that my siblings had not responded to the Committee's questions about how the last will was prepared and 'the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her law firm played in preparing the Last Will.

"He added that my siblings have said 'they will only be able to reply at the earliest by the end of June', and have not confirmed that they will put their position in the form of a statutory declaration, as I have done," Lee wrote. Lee noted that he had hoped that he could defer considering this matter further until after he returned from leave.

"But my siblings have continued to give interviews and make allegations against me. This makes it untenable for me not to respond publicly to the allegations and to explain why I have serious questions about how my father's Last Will was prepared.

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Key changes of LKY’s 7 wills at a glance based on PM Lee’s statutory declaration

Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) made a total of seven wills. All the wills, except for the last will, were prepared by lawyer Kwa Kim Li (“KKL”) from law firm Lee and Lee, Advocates and Solicitors. The last will was prepared by the PM Lee Hsien Loong’s brother, Lee Hsien Yang’s (LHY) wife Lee Suet Fern’s (LSF) law firm Stamford Law Corporation (now Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC).

On 12 April 2015, PM Lee learnt about the contents of the last will, when it was read to the family. It was during this reading that the dispute between PM Lee and LHY over the demolition of the house arose, prompting PM Lee to look up old family emails. It was only in June 2015 that PM Lee saw copies of the six wills preceding the last will, when KKL provided the family with them. Only then was he able to review and compare the terms and changes between those wills and the last will.

We traced the changes based on the edited summary of PM Lee’s statutory declaration he released on June 15 and also the circumstances that led to the family dispute with his siblings LHY and Lee Wei Ling (LWL).

First Will (August 20, 2011)
– Demolition Clause first appeared
– LKY gave each child an equal share of his estate

Second to Fourth Will (dates unknown)
– Demolition Clause retained
– No change to the share of his estate

Fifth Will (date unknown)
– Demolition Clause removed
– No change to the share of estate

Sixth Will (November 2, 2012)
– No Demolition Clause
– LKY gave LWL an extra share(relative to LHY & LHL)of the house, & told LWL about it

Last Will (December 17, 2013)
– Demolition Clause “somehow found its way back into the Last Will”
– Equal share of the estate among LKY children reinstated

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Read the 3,882-word rebuttal from PM Lee to his siblings in full here

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has just released a statutory declaration through his lawyers to respond to the allegations made in the six-page statement released by his siblings Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling on Wednesday morning.

As a guide, here’s a glossary of the abbreviations to the names of the people mentioned:
  • Mr Lee Kuan Yew (“Mr Lee”) made six wills before his last will of 17 December 2013 (the “Last Will”). All the wills, save for the Last Will, were prepared by Ms Kwa Kim Li (“KKL”).
  • I learnt about the contents of the Last Will only on 12 April 2015, when the Last Will was read to the family. I saw copies of the six wills preceding the Last Will only in June 2015, when KKL provided the family with the same. Only then was I able to review and compare the terms and changes between those wills and the Last Will.
  • The Demolition Clause first appeared in Mr Lee’s first will made on 20 August 2011 (the “First Will”).
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PM Lee Hsien Loong releases summary of statutory declarations to ministerial committee looking into options for Oxley Road house
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (June 15) released through his lawyers at Drew & Napier an edited summary of what he told the ministerial committee in his statutory declarations about late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's will.

The committee has been tasked to look into options for the late Mr Lee's home at 38, Oxley Road.

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Ministerial Committee questions the role Lee Hsien Yang’s wife played in preparing Lee Kuan Yew’s will

A bit of a ho-hum update, but still relevant to the ongoing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long VS his siblings hullaballoo, we suppose. Cabinet Secretary Tan Kee Yong has thrown in his own response to the bombshell statement by Dr Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang — in particular, the part about their allegations against an internal Ministerial Committee that was set up to consider the options for Lee Kuan Yew’s house at 38 Oxley Road.

A significant portion of the sibling’s statement made this morning was dedicated to asserting the fact that their brother is working to ensure the house does not get demolished, against their father’s explicit wishes. They weren’t too happy that a specialised Ministerial Committee was set up to look into the historical and heritage significance of the Oxley Road house. Here’s what the siblings said about the Ministerial Committee:
  • “…we were disappointed that despite the settlement and Hsien Loong’s undertakings, in July 2016, Minister Lawrence Wong wrote to inform us that a Ministerial Committee had been set up to consider options with respect to 38 Oxley Road and their implications. This also directly contradicted Hsien Loong’s statement in Parliament in April 2015 that there was no need for the Government to take a decision in respect of 38 Oxley Road until Wei Ling no longer resided there, and that it would be up to the Government of the day to consider the matter.
  • “Hsien Loong, despite his undertakings to recuse himself, proceeded to make extensive representations to the Committee.”
  • “He also sits in a direct position of power over the Committee comprised of his subordinate ministers, thus wielding considerable influence for any outcome he desires.”
  • “In his representations to the Committee, Hsien Loong seeks to call into question the circumstances which led to the execution of Lee Kuan Yew’s last will and its inclusion of the demolition wish.”

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 1999, Asiaweek 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 about those who say you use the judiciary to silence critics?

"That's nonsense. What are these critics? There are many critics of the PAP in Singapore. They are not all hauled up before the judiciary. Political opponents, so long as they keep within the law, don't need safeguards. They do not have to appear before the judiciary. 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. By defamation, I mean if somebody says the minister is on the take or is less than honest. If he does not rebut it, if he does not dare go before the court to be interrogated by the counsel for the other side, there must be some truth in it. If there is no evidence, well, why are you not suing?"

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Minister K Shanmugam Sc:Criticise a minister but don't sling mud

"If you make a personal allegation of fact, if you say I took money, I am corrupt, I will then sue you and ask you to prove it. But if you say I am a stupid fool who doesn't know what I'm talking about, and the Government comprises ministers who don't know what they're talking about and you criticise every policy of the Government, no one can sue you," he said.

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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 18 hrs

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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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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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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Ministerial Committee responds to Lee siblings’ allegations, asks them how LKY’s will was prepared

This committee was set up by Singapore’s Cabinet to consider the options (as well as their implications) regarding the house standing on 38 Oxley Road, the residence of the late founding Prime Minister.

And this committee is managed by the Cabinet Office, which provides secretariat and administrative support to the Cabinet. And that office is headed by Singapore’s Cabinet Secretary, a man named Tan Kee Yong.

Naturally, because it came up in the lengthy statement by the younger Lee siblings, which among many other things, alleged that their older brother was meddling in it, Tan felt the need to speak up.

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PMO: LEE HSIEN YANG’S LAWYER WIFE PLAYED A ROLE IN DRAFTING LKY’S LAST WILL

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has issued its own statement on the public spat between incumbent Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and his younger siblings Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang.

In its statement, questions were raised as to the facts and circumstances surrounding the drafting of the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's Last Will and the role that Lee Hsien Yang's wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern, and her law firm played in drafting the late Mr Lee's will.

A Cabinet committee set up to deliberate on the fate of 38 Oxley Road has requested for PM Lee's younger siblings to declare their version of events on the drafting of the late Mr Lee's will, as PM Lee has done. Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang indicated that they would only be able to respond with their version of events by the end of June, if at all.

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Lee Suet Fern steps down as managing partner in law firm
The wife of PM Lee Hsien Loong's brother has been in the spotlight over a disagreement between the Lee siblings over their family home at 38 Oxley Road

Mrs Lee Suet Fern has stepped down as the managing partner of Morgan Lewis Stamford, the law firm confirmed on Friday (Jun 16).

Channel NewsAsia understands that Mrs Lee is stepping down as part of a long-term plan for her successor, Mr Ng Joo Khin to succeed her. She will continue to stay in her firm as head of the international leadership team.

A spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia that Morgan Lewis "does not anticipate any material change in our Singapore team or practice".

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Singapore PM's sister-in-law changes job role amid family feud

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lee Suet Fern, managing partner of global law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's combined practice in Singapore, has stepped down from the position to focus on her international role in the firm, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.

The move comes amid an intensifying family feud over the will of the city-state's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, Lee Suet Fern's father-in-law, which has gripped the island this week.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said late on Thursday there were "deeply troubling circumstances" over how his father's will had been drawn up.

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Singapore PM's Sister-In-Law Changes Job Role Amid Family Feud

"The firm does not anticipate any material change in our Singapore team or practice," Morgan Lewis said in a statement on Lee Suet Fern's role.

"Suet-Fern Lee will continue to spend a significant amount of time in Singapore as well as travel to Hong Kong, as she already does in support of her strong client relationships there and as head of our International Leadership Team."

She sits on the board of Morgan Lewis, and the firm's international leadership team that she chairs oversees its non-U.S. offices.

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Singapore frets over worsening Lee family feud
Sibling rivalry: the three Lees at the funeral of their father Lee Kuan Yew in 2015 - Lee Hsien Yang (left), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (centre) and Lee Wei Ling (second from right) © Getty

A feud within Singapore’s first family intensified on Thursday as the prime minister’s sister said the split pointed to the repressive nature of the city-state — and was more than just a quarrel between siblings.

Lee Wei Ling, daughter of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, dismissed her brother’s attempt to characterise the struggle as “private family matters”.


Her intervention illustrates a fight for control of the narrative between rival wings of Singapore’s first family, analysts say. The row has dominated political discourse in the Asian financial centre this week.

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Lee Kuan Yew's legacy is about to be destroyed by daughter and other son; Lee Wei Ling and Hsien Yang use Facebook to demand demolition of LKY's house

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has refuted allegations by his siblings that he had misused his power in relation to their late father's house, saying he was disappointed and sad they had chosen to air a private family matter in public.

"I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate allegations that they have made. Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, especially the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son," PM Lee said in response to a six-page statement his two siblings issued yesterday.

Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang had said they had lost confidence in their brother, PM Lee, adding that they feared the use of state organs against them.


THE LEGACY OF MR. LEE’S HOUSE
Amdist the brawl of the titans, I’m actually quite pleased at one fact

That even the most powerful family in Singapore is subject to the laws of the land and no one is above it.

As a Singaporean, I am very glad my Prime Minister did not make his decisions on personal grounds. He could have said “My father wants it torn down, so I’ll have to do it”.

Can you imagine the consequences? If this is how he operates, then what of his next decision? Would he have to sack a Permanent Secretary just because someone in his family, or a powerful relative tells him to do so?


House at Heart of Singapore's Lee Family Feud Has No Foundations, Cracks in Walls
In property-obsessed Singapore, the future and value of one house has gripped the nation due to an extraordinary feud between the children of the island state's founding father

Lee Kuan Yew died in 2015, but a bitter row over his will, specifically what to do with the old family home, broke into full public view this week, prompting the eldest son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to issue a statement saying he was "disappointed" and "deeply saddened".

Lee Kuan Yew moved into the five-bedroom house, formerly owned by a Jewish merchant, in 1945, as the Japanese Occupation ended and the island returned to British colonial rule. Over the next decade 38 Oxley Road became a hub of political activity, and it was in the basement that the People's Action Party, which has led Singapore since independence, was conceived.

Four years before he died, LKY, as he was popularly known, said the bungalow should be demolished once he'd gone. He said it lacked foundations, suffered from damp, had cracks in the walls and was costly to maintain. "But fortunately the pillars are sound," he joked to the Singapore Straits Times.

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CPIB Must Investigate Allegations Made By The PM's Siblings

Dr Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang (r) chose the perfect time to unleash 'Oxleygate.'
Cherian George made an insightful observation - ' Many people were predicting a split in the PAP after Lee Kuan Yew's death, few expected the split to come from his family!' On a wet rainy Wednesday morning, Singaporeans woke up to a bombshell - Open warfare between the Prime Minister and his 2 siblings! And the attack was classic PAP play too. Catch the opponents off guard and when unable to muster a quick counter-strike. A middle of the night Facebook post entitled 'What happened to Lee Kuan Yew's values?' and posted whilst the PM was on holiday.

I believe many will be covering this saga and dissecting each and every word, sentence, paragraph and all the allegations therein. I will leave both sides to continue with this task, although I had a good chuckle reading the inept attempts by the PAP idol worship Facebook page, 'Fabrications about the PAP, to try and defend the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by attacking the credibility of his 2 siblings - Dr Lee Wei Ling (sister) and Lee Hsien Yang (brother).

Some of their commentators even tried to sully Dr Lee by alleging that the whole affair was her work alone and she dragged Hsien Yang into it. It's Hsien Yang after all who said he doesn't feel safe in Singapore anymore. Perhaps they should check the credentials of the 2. Both highly educated, Dr Lee is/was a top neurosurgeon (I believe she headed the institute), while he was a Brigadier-General in the Army, and headed 2 top statutory boards. And both WERE children of LKY and his wife. They have a better insight than anybody else about the mind-set and workings of the family.

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The entire FamiLee saga is just embarrassing

If you’re Singaporean, you surely must have read or heard about the sordid turn the FamiLee saga took. In fact, even if you aren’t Singaporean, or don’t stay in Singapore, chances are, you would have heard about it.

The letter published by PM Lee’s brother and sister “denouncing” him have gotten international coverage. Foreign news outlets including SCMP, Financial Times, and even CNN have covered the news.

We wonder what foreigners reading the news would think about Singapore now. Would they really think that PM Lee abuses his power for personal gain? Would their confidence in Singapore be shaken? What sort of deeper impact would that have on Singapore?


LKY’s Amazing Foresight Is Proven Yet Again — He Knew His House May Not Be Demolished

Around the globe, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY)  is respected for being an extraordinary orator, the original influencer and ultimate badass. Even in death, he has added another medal to his tally — for being a prophet.

With all the talk over the joint statement released by Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong’s (LHL) siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling (LWL) and Mr Lee Hsien Yang (LHY), everyone seems to be focusing on the commotion over LKY’s former home at 38 Oxley Road.

However, everyone seems to zoom past something that is astonishing — LKY saw it all coming back in 2011.

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LEE HSIEN YANG: LHL HAS “ERRONEOUS” MEMORY OF WHAT HAPPENED

The Lee family drama continues. Despite LHL’s claim that the siblings did not respond to his secret Committee’s questions about the Will, Lee Hsien Yang refuted that both of them already answered responded back in February. He also accused LHL of having an “erroneous” memory of what happened. Ouch.

“Loong claims, ‘my siblings had not responded to the Committee’s questions about how the last will was prepared and the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm played in preparing the last will.’

This is a lie. We replied on 28 Feb, ‘The Final Will was not drafted by Stamford Law Corporation or Mr. Ng Joo Khin and LHL’s claimed recollection to that effect is clearly erroneous.’ LHL’s secret committee ignored it. Besides, we thought this was a “private family matter?” There, even you say it’s supposed to be a private family matter.

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Lee Family Saga: More drama and dirt

The plot thickens. More dirt has been dished out in the Lee Family Feud. PM Lee has released a summary of his statutory declarations to the ministerial committee looking into options for Oxley Road house.

The revelations from the declarations are like the plot twists of a Hong Kong drama. We helped to summarise the key points:
Lee Suet Fern wanted to change the way that Lee Kuan Yew would spilt his Estate among the three children

Lee Hsien Yang almost took away the house his sister wanted to continue staying in?
Siblings don’t want $1 house and rather buy over the house at market value


The tiff between members of the Lee family is a gift that just keeps giving, and one of the latest developments involves Lee Hsien Yang laying out the alleged two-faced actions of his prime minister brother.

This time, the revelation compares the difference between what Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong did in public and what the man did in private in regards to the decision of demolishing their father’s house at 38 Oxley Road. It’s way easier than reading the wall of text in their press release anyway.

“The will is final and binding,” writes PM Lee’s youngest brother. “We have no confidence in Lee Hsien Loong or his secret committee.”

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Lee Wei Ling 14 hrs

DISHONEST ALLEGATIONS OF CHEATING

Hsien Loong and Ho Ching are being mischievious and dishonest to selectively use quotes from me out of context to suggest that Hsien Yang and his wife were trying to cheat me in our father’s final will. In fact, Lee Kuan Yew’s final will was very important to me as it gave me a clear right to live in the original house at 38 Oxley Road which I very much wanted. I had much earlier and repeatedly made clear to Hsien Loong and Ho Ching the truth that there was no duplicity by Hsien Yang and his wife, Suet Fern. He continues to repeat a position that I have both clarified and discredited as a smokescreen to obscure the key point that Lee Kuan Yew’s his final will of 17 December 2013 is in the same terms as his will of 19 August 2011, including the demolition clause, exactly as our father had intended.

After that will of 19 August 2011, Hsien Loong and Ho Ching were unhappy that I had been given a right to live at the original house at 38 Oxley Road. They pushed and persuaded my father very hard on this issue. This eventually resulted in 2012 in my losing my right to stay in the house and my share of my father’s estate being reduced to only a life interest. I was very upset and quarrelled with my father. It was in fact my sister-in-law, Suet Fern, who interceded with my father (when Ho Ching and Hsien Loong were overseas) on my behalf. She met with Lee Kuan Yew and made a case that since I was his only daughter and was unmarried, it was particularly important that he provide for me rather than reduce my interest in his estate. My father did reinstate me and gave me an extra 1/7 share as a result. Hsien Yang and his wife were never informed of this extra share and continued to worry that I should be fairly treated and have a right to live in the house.

I, too, was concerned about my right to live at 38 Oxley Road. Lee Kuan Yew’s final will of 17 December 2013 gave me that right. It is this that Ho Ching and Hsien Loong are trying to deny me.

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Lee Wei Ling 14 hrs

As further evidence, I am sharing these e-mails establishing that LHL's allegations are false

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Lee Hsien Yang 15 hrs

LHL's statutory declaration (now public). "there is no evidence that Mr Lee even knew that the Demolition Clause had been re-inserted into the Last Will." How could Lee Kuan Yew not know when he initialled right beneath the Demolition Clause, and LHL has the will?

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Lee Hsien Yang 15 hrs

Stamford Law attended to the attestation of the Will at Lee Kuan Yew's explicit request. Hsien Loong raised no legal challenge to Lee Kuan Yew's will in the many months after it was read. Probate was granted in Oct 2015, so the will is full, final, and legally binding. Hsien Loong should not use a committee of his subordinates to allege what he did not dare to allege in court.

Hsien Loong's public statement to Parliament contradicts the statutory declaration he made to his secret committee. It is wrong to lie to Parliament and it is wrong to lie under oath.

We have a question for Lee Hsien Loong: Does he or does he not believe that Lee Kuan Yew was unwavering in his wish that the house be demolished? Is his statement to Parliament false, or is his statement under oath false?

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Shengwu Li 12 hrs

Twelve hours ago I gave the following statement to AFP: "Not only do I intend never to go into politics, I believe that it would be bad for Singapore if any third-generation Lee went into politics. The country must be bigger than one family."

Today we are going to learn a lot about the country of my birth. We are going to learn whether (as I hope) the ruling party is still full of men and women of quality and strong character, or whether "it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

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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 Kuan Yew's last will made upon his 'express instruction', says younger son
FILE PHOTO: A view of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road residence in Singapore June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

The prime minister said he had recused himself from all government decisions regarding the house, and in his personal capacity, would also like to see Lee Kuan Yew's wish honored.

His brother Lee Hsien Yang said on Saturday Lee Kuan Yew's final will was engrossed on the basis of Lee Kuan Yew's "express instruction" to revert to his first will, attaching to the statement what appeared to be an email message from Lee Kuan Yew that states his plan to sign it before a solicitor.

"Lee Kuan Yew's final will was simply Lee Kuan Yew's first will of 20 Aug 2011 re-executed on his instruction," Lee Hsien Yang said on his Facebook

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Lee Hsien Yang defends final will of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, says his father gave 'express instruction' to revert to first version

More questions have emerged over the final will of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, after his younger son Hsien Yang asserted that his father gave "express instruction" for the last will to follow the first version.

In a FacebBook post on Saturday (Jun 17), Mr Lee Hsien Yang wrote: "Lee Kuan Yew's final will in December 2013 was engrossed on the basis of his express instruction to revert to his first will from 2011."

He added that his father's final will "was simply Lee Kuan Yew's first will of Aug 20, 2011, re-executed on his instructions".

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Lee Kuan Yew's last will 'final & legally binding': Lee Hsien Yang

The last will made by Mr Lee Kuan Yew is "final & legally binding", Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the youngest son of Singapore's founding Prime Minister said on Thursday (Jun 15), after his elder brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he had "grave concerns" about how their father's last will was prepared.

At issue, in particular, was the removal & subsequent re-insertion of a clause stating the late Mr Lee's wish that his house at 38 Oxley Road be demolished after his death, PM Lee noted in a statutory declaration he submitted to a ministerial committee set up to consider the future of the house. The statutory declaration was made public by PM Lee's lawyers earlier Thursday evening.

In response, the younger Mr Lee noted that his brother had "raised no legal challenge to Lee Kuan Yew's will in the many months after it was read". "Probate was granted in October 2015, so the will is full, final, & legally binding," Mr Lee Hsien Yang wrote in a Facebook post shortly after the statutory declaration was made public.

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Will may be challenged after grant of probate, say lawyers

Can you challenge the validity of a will after probate has been granted?

  • Mr Lee Kuan Yew's younger son, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, maintains that his father's will - which is at the centre of a dispute between him and his older brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - is "final and legally binding" as no challenge was lodged.
  • Lawyers whom The Straits Times spoke to said that six months, as spelt out in the Wills Act, is a guideline, but a challenge beyond that is possible depending on the reasons.
  • "If it's after the six months, you have got to give special reasons and it is at the court's discretion," said Dr G. Raman, a veteran probate lawyer.
  • This is the legal process of probate, when the concerned parties prove in court that a will is a valid public document that is the true last testament of the deceased.
  • Probate for the late Mr Lee's will was granted on Oct 6, 2015.

Lawyers suggest that if new evidence surfaces, it is still possible to mount a challenge.

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Indranee Rajah Yesterday at 07:06

How many Wills did Mr Lee make and what's the difference between them?

Mr Lee made 7 Wills:
  • 1st Will - this had a Demolition Clause. Each child got an equal share of the estate.
  • 2nd - 4th Wills - these had the Demolition Clause.
  • 5th Will - Demolition Clause was removed.
  • 6th Will - No Demolition Clause. Dr Lee Wei Ling was given an extra share of the estate relative to her brothers.
  • 7th Will - Demolition Clause reinserted. The extra share for Dr Lee Wei Ling removed. It reverted back to equal shares for each child.
The first 6 will were prepared by Ms Kwa Kim Li of M/S Lee & Lee.

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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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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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It is inarguable that LKY wanted his house to be demolished

There have been recent PAP efforts to cast doubt on what was LKY's true intention regarding his house at 38 Oxley Road. They have also tried to dispute whether LKY truly knew what he was signing when he signed his Final Will on 17 Dec 2013.

I strongly believe that these efforts are both desperate and disingenuous. (I fully recognise that LKY's wishes are, strictly speaking, unrelated to whether the Government has a right to preserve the house. However, the fact is that convincing Singaporeans that LKY may have been open to his house being demolished is key, for political reasons. They can't be seen to be so explicitly going against LKY's wishes after all).

I am moved to write this note partly because I have intelligent and well-educated friends who are being hoodwinked. There is no doubt in my mind (and I say this with the utmost objectivity) that LKY definitely wanted his house to be demolished. We can have a discussion on whether his house should be preserved (for various reasons such as heritage etc) notwithstanding his wishes, but what his wishes actually were is inarguable:
  • The Final Will was executed on 17 Dec 2013. This is a full 21 months before LKY passed away. There was no suggestion that he did not have full command of his faculties at the time. LKY was also serving as an MP at the time.
  • LHL and others have brought up the fact that it took "just 15 minutes" for the entire signing of the will and that therefore LKY may not have been properly advised. The will is a mere 4 pages long, and was something LKY was familiar with. LKY's assistant was present throughout the signing, according to the meeting notes of the lawyers/witnesses.
  • As LHY also pointed out, I find it bordering on the ridiculous to suggest that LKY (!!!), a cambridge-trained lawyer, had to be advised on the contents of his will, which he signed on every page and also initialed right below the demolition clause.
  • LHY quoted an email dated 16 Dec 2013  from LKY stating "OK. Do not wait for Kim Li. Engross and I will sign it before a solicitor in Fern's office, or from any other office". This is one day before he actually signed the Final Will. It appears to me that LKY knew exactly what he was doing. It would also not be a leap to assume that he was replying to an email containing the final draft of the will since he uses the word "engross", which lawyers often use when okaying a draft.
  • When the final draft had been executed, it was given to Kwa Kim Li for safekeeping. Kwa is a very senior lawyer and managing partner of Lee & Lee. It would not a be a stretch to assume that she would have at the very least glanced through the Final Will and perhaps confirmed verbally with LKY that he really knew what he was doing, especially if she had any suspicion that LKY was not in full command of his faculties.
Now let's also look at the surrounding circumstances:-
  • LKY himself said publicly several times that he wanted the house to be demolished upon his death.
  • LHL himself acknowledged in a private email dated 12 April 2015 timed at 7.02 pm (this would have been after the Final Will had been read to the family on the same day) that LKY's position "has been consistent throughout. Even his note to [Cabinet] did not say that he wanted it preserved, only what has to be done if it is not to be demolished".
  • LHL also acknowledge publicly on 13 April 2015 that "Mr Lee's position on 38 Oxley Road was unwavering over the years, and fully consistent with his lifelong values".  
Both (b) and (c) took place way after the Final Will had been signed and also after the Final Will was read to the family on 12 April 2015. If he truly had suspicions, why did LHL not suggest earlier that LKY did not want the house to be demolished? Why is the PAP now trying so hard to convince Singaporeans that LKY might not have really wanted his house demolished? The only reason I can think of is that they need popular support to demolish the house without losing too much political capital. Any other suggestions?

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LET’S NOT TWIST LEE KUAN YEW’S WORDS – HE WANTED HIS HOUSE DEMOLISHED, PERIOD

The Government seems to be on a campaign to turn Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s wish about his house into something else. And it is doing so by clutching at straws to shore up its misguided attempts to change what Mr Lee had wanted – the complete demolition of his house at 38 Oxley Road.

In her Facebook post of 23 June, the Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah, attempted to convince Singaporeans that Mr Lee “accepted that the house may not be demolished.”

Do note the use of the word “accepted” here.

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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 Hsien Loong 4 December 2015

My siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, and I have issued the following joint statement:
  • "To honour the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Mr Lee Hsien Yang have each agreed to donate half the value of 38 Oxley Road to the charities named in the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's obituary notice.
  • Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang would like to honour the wish of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew that the house at 38 Oxley Road be demolished after Dr Lee Wei Ling ceases to live in it.
  • Mr Lee Hsien Loong has recused himself from all government decisions involving 38 Oxley Road and, in his personal capacity, would also like to see this wish honoured.
  • Speaking as the children of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang hope the government will allow the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's wish for the demolition of the house to be honoured and that all Singaporeans will support their cause." 

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Half the value of Oxley Road house to be donated to charity

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said on Facebook that he and his two other siblings Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling would like to respect their father’s final wishes to demolish the Oxley Rd house.

Singapore’s founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, passed away on 23 March this year. The outpouring of grief by the young and old alike in Singapore was followed by calls to preserve the Oxley Road house which he lived in.

However, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was always adamant about having the house demolished after his passing and should his daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling no longer lived in it. Mr Lee Kuan Yew wrote this in his will:
"I further declare that it is my wish, and the wish of my late wife, KWA GEOK CHOO, that our house at 38 Oxley Road, Singapore 238629 (‘the House’) be demolished immediately after my death or, if my daughter, Wei Ling, would prefer to continue living in the original house, immediately after she moves out of the House. I would ask each of my children to ensure our wishes with respect to the demolition of the House be carried out. If our children are unable to demolish the House as a result of any changes in the law, rules or regulations binding them, it is my wish that the House never be opened to others except my children, their families and descendants. My view on this has been made public before and remains unchanged. My statement of wishes in this paragraph 7 may be publicly disclosed notwithstanding that the rest of my Will is private."
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Lee Kuan Yew’s family to donate the value of Oxley Rd house to charity
PM Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Lee Hsien Yang & Dr Lee Wei Ling reiterate their request that Singaporeans respect the wishes of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away in March

"To honour the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Lee Hsien Loong & Mr Lee Hsien Yang have each agreed to donate half the value of 38 Oxley Road to the charities named in the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's obituary notice," wrote PM Lee. "Dr Lee Wei Ling & Mr Lee Hsien Yang would like to honour the wish of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew that the house at 38 Oxley Road be demolished after Dr Lee Wei Ling ceases to live in it.

"Mr Lee Hsien Loong has recused himself from all government decisions involving 38 Oxley Road and, in his personal capacity, would also like to see this wish honoured."

"Speaking as the children of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Dr Lee Wei Ling & Mr Lee Hsien Yang hope the government will allow the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's wish for the demolition of the house to be honoured & that all Singaporeans will support their cause."

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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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"One World's View Of The Man"
Lee Kuan Yew on death: I want mine quickly, painlessly
A Post-LKY Singapore?