Sunday, 2 July 2017

The famiLEE feud: Why LHY is speaking up

Lee Hsien Yang in his own words: ‘Why I’m speaking up’

Since the episode involving my parents’ house became publicised, my sister, Wei Ling and I have taken to social media to reach the people of Singapore. We have no other access. Please let me step back and introduce myself, so that Singaporeans know where I am coming from.

I am the youngest child of Lee Kuan Yew. I have an elder brother Hsien Loong, and an elder sister Wei Ling.

I am a private individual who has always avoided public attention. I am not a politician, and I have never desired to be a one. When I reach out to Singaporeans, please bear in mind that I am a novice. I have neither brigades of staff nor teams to back me up. Indeed, until this episode occurred, I had never posted on Facebook. As such, I ask for your patience – I am only a man working to honour his father’s wishes.

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PM Lee dragged Government into personal dispute, says Lee Hsien Yang
PM Lee Hsien Loong and his brother Lee Hsien Yang are now embroiled in a very public feud. — AFP pic composites

Alleging that his elder brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the one who “dragged the Government into a personal dispute”, Lee Hsien Yang said today that he and his sister Dr Lee Wei Ling had not intended to criticise the Government by making public their accusations of PM Lee.

“Our private family dispute would have remained a private family dispute, if PM Lee had not used government agencies and a secret ministerial committee to force his way. Sadly, it is Lee Hsien Loong who has dragged the government into a personal dispute,” said Lee Hsien Yang via a Facebook post.

He was responding to Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s remarks in Parliament on Tuesday, where he questioned the younger Lee siblings’ motivations for making public allegations about their elder brother. Goh had said: “Are they whistleblowing in a noble effort to save Singapore, or waging a personal vendetta without any care for the damage done to Singapore?”

PM Lee waives Parliamentary privilege of ministerial statements
Lee family war rumbles on as Singapore’s parliament debates

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No attack on the Singapore system: Lee Hsien Yang

Showing that PM Lee Hsien Loong has allegedly failed to meet the standards expected of him is not an attack on the Singapore system.

Rather, it is to preserve it, Mr Lee Hsien Yang wrote in a Facebook post last night.

His post came a day after the end of a 2-day parliamentary debate over the accusations of misuse of power.

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Lee Hsien Yang 2 hrs

Does DPM Teo believe that a Ministerial Committee of PM's subordinates should be opining on a private dispute between the PM and his siblings? Does DPM Teo believe that a secret Ministerial Committee is the right forum for re-examining a court-proved will?

Our letter to the committee in May 2017 is at this link:

The five points are as follows:
  • "It refused to reveal the identity of its members, and its terms of reference.
  • It refused to list the options under consideration.
  • It focused primarily on LHL's attacks on Lee Kuan Yew's demolition wish.
  • These were repetitions of earlier attacks made by LHL's then-personal lawyer, Lucien Wong.
  • It involved the Attorney-General's Chambers over LHL's 'private family matter'."

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Lee Hsien Yang asks if DPM Teo thinks a ministerial committee should opine on 'private dispute'

Mr Lee Hsien Yang has again questioned if Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean believes that a "Ministerial Committee of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's subordinates should be opining on a private dispute between the PM & his siblings".

In his latest Facebook post on Monday (Jul 3) on the Oxley Road dispute, PM Lee's brother also asked if DPM Teo "believes that a secret Ministerial Committee is the right forum for re-examining a court-proved will".

In the post in which he provided a link to his letter to the committee in May 2017, Mr Lee Hsien Yang said there were "five facts" that DPM Teo has not said about the "secret committee".

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DPM Teo’s press secretary rebuts Lee Hsien Yang

Mr Lee Hsien Yang has presented a selective & inaccurate account of his exchanges with the ministerial committee tasked to consider options for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's house at 38, Oxley Road, said Ms Lee May Lin, press secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Contrary to what the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has claimed, she added, the committee had made clear the scope of its work & who it reports to. It also looked into the circumstances surrounding the late Mr Lee's will only after Mr Lee Hsien Yang asked the committee to refer to a clause in the will, she said.

Her statement followed Mr Lee Hsien Yang's Facebook post yesterday in which he hit out at the "mysterious" committee for being "neither transparent nor proper".

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Lee Hsien Yang explains why he made 38 Oxley Road dispute public

Mr Lee Hsien Yang explained on Sat (Jul 1) why he & his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, went public with a dispute regarding their late father's house at 38 Oxley Road.

In a post on Facebook, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's brother said the reason the siblings felt compelled to "bring these issues before the people of Singapore" was that they were "pushed by (PM Lee)'s secret Cabinet committee".

"As we sought to remind the people of Singapore of our father’s last wish, we encountered opposition every step of the way. It became clear that we faced a vast and coordinated effort by Hsien Loong against us. He did not want our father’s wishes remembered or carried out; he wished to rewrite history to claim that Lee Kuan Yew ‘accepted’ the preservation of his house. Hsien Loong was ready to use his power and influence to thwart our father’s wishes, to meet Hsien Loong’s and Ho Ching’s personal political agenda."

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Lee Hsien Yang added 3 new photos 9 hrs

Why I'm speaking up.

Adding Link to pdf.

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I am just trying to honour my father's final wish: Lee Hsien Yang

Amid questions on why he and his sister Lee Wei Ling have made their dispute with their elder brother and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong public, Lee Hsien Yang explained that he simply wanted to honour their late father’s wish to demolish the family home on 38 Oxley Road.

“I am just a son trying to honour my father’s final wish: to demolish my father’s house immediately when my sister, Wei Ling, no longer lives there,” wrote Hsien Yang in a Facebook post on Saturday (1 July). The three are the children of the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister.

Hsien Yang also addressed insinuations that he seeks to redevelop the land on which the Oxley Road house sits into a condominium for financial profit after buying it at 150 per cent of market price.

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Speaker of Parliament says lifting of whip for Oxley Road issue signals robust debate
Parliament has 'checks and balances'
Halimah: Parliament has 'checks and balances'

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob called on all MPs to examine issues surrounding the Oxley Road dispute thoroughly, saying a robust parliamentary debate today is necessary to put to rest allegations of misuse of power.

Speaking yesterday, ahead of what is arguably the most closely watched debate in recent years, she said: "I do hope that we will have a very robust debate & that we will have some finality on the issues that have been raised because I think that is in the interest of the country."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make a ministerial statement to respond to allegations of abuse of power made by his siblings Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling in a feud over the fate of their late father's Oxley Road house. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean is also slated to speak.

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Halimah Yacob says she hopes Oxley Road dispute will be 'properly debated' in Parliament

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob on Saturday (Jul 1) said that she hoped issues would be "properly debated" in Parliament on Monday, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is set to address allegations by his siblings against him.

"There will be of course a lot of speeches, but I do hope that we can see that the issues are properly debated and hopefully, if we can have some finality, that would be ideal. But I really leave it to the debate," she said when asked on the sidelines of a People's Action Party (PAP) event what she hopes to see during the debate.

"As the speaker, my task is to ensure that it's a fair, open, transparent debate that goes on on Monday."

Ministerial Statements

23. A statement may be made by a Minister in Parliament on a matter of public importance. Members may seek clarification on the statement but no debate shall be allowed thereon.

Parliament an appropriate platform for PM Lee to address 38 Oxley Road allegations: Analysts

Mr Tan said that it is unlikely the dispute will be resolved following the debate, as there will be lots of details and dates to follow, and “information overload” is a real possibility.

Also, he suggested that the debate will probably not repair the rift between the PM and his siblings, “who will respond to his and the Government’s statements and replies in Parliament”.

If it is decided that further scrutiny is needed, Parliament could decide to have a select committee look further into the matter, or the PM could convene a Committee of Inquiry, Prof Tan added

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Parliament hearing a chance to bring closure on 38 Oxley

Regardless of what transpires in parliament, there is significant public expectation not only for a reconciliatory closure to this bitter dispute but also how to move forward purposefully on the matter of 38 Oxley Road.

Notwithstanding the competing and contesting values impacting upon the options for the site, due process, transparency and accountability must be applied and seen to apply.

Ultimately, PM Lee and the government have to prevail in the court of public opinion. How they do so matters immensely to Singapore and Singaporeans.

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I refer to the article “PM Lee and DPM Teo to make ministerial statements on Oxley Road house in Parliament” (Straits Times, Jun 30). It states that “When Parliament sits on Monday (July 3), Singapore will hear both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean deliver ministerial statements on a stunning dispute involving the fate of the Oxley Road house of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

PM Lee will address allegations of abuse of power that his siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, have made against him, according to the Order Paper released by Parliament on Friday (June 30). DPM Teo’s statement will be about the ministerial committee formed to consider options for the house at 38, Oxley Road. MPs will also raise questions on the ongoing dispute between PM Lee and his two younger siblings.”

According to the Order Paper for Parliament on 3 July, 2017, the session will start at 11 a.m. There will be 85 questions for oral answer and the Introduction of the Administration of Muslim Law (Amendment) Bill, before the ministerial statements by the PM and DPM on 38 Oxley Road! After the ministerial statements, there will be the Second Reading of two bills and 39 questions for written answer! How much time will be allotted for MPs’ questions on 38 Oxley Road?

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Chee Hong Tat: LKY wouldn't have wanted 'baseless allegations' made that hurt Singapore

Mr Lee Kuan Yew would not have wished for a family dispute to be turned into a public quarrel that hurt Singapore's international standing.

Neither would he have wished for 'baseless allegations' to be made against Government leaders & institutions, undermining confidence in the systems he created, Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat said last night, in a Facebook post on the ongoing feud involving Mr Lee's children.

Mr Chee, who was the late Mr Lee's Principal Private Secretary from 2008 to 2011, said he was greatly saddened to see what had been happening over the past 2 weeks, "especially when I think of the pain it would bring to Mr & Mrs Lee".

Lee Kuan Yew would not wish for family dispute to hurt Singapore's standing: Chee Hong Tat
Mr Chee was principal private secretary to Mr Lee Kuan Yew from 2008 to 2011

Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew would not wish for a family dispute to be turned into a public quarrel that hurt Singapore’s international standing, his former principal private secretary Chee Hong Tat said on Sat (Jul 1).

Referring to the spat between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong & his siblings Lee Hsien Yang & Dr Lee Wei Ling, Mr Chee, who is now Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, said in a Facebook post that the "wild allegations have damaged Singapore’s reputation, something which (Mr Lee Kuan Yew) spent his entire life building up".

"Mr Lee would not wish for a family dispute to be turned into a public quarrel that hurt Singapore’s international standing. Neither would he wish for 'baseless allegations' to be made against Government leaders and institutions, undermining confidence in the systems he created. Mr Lee would put Singapore’s interests above personal interests," he wrote.

Chee Hong Tat 徐芳达 4 hrs

I served as Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Principal Private Secretary from 2008 to 2011. It was the best posting I ever had, as I had the opportunity to learn directly from Mr Lee and observe how he dealt with different types of people and handled difficult issues. During those 3 years, I also got to know Wei Ling and we became friends. Wei Ling is someone I admire and respect. She has strong views and can be very blunt at times, but she has a good heart and genuinely cares for the people around her.

It saddens me greatly to see what has been happening over the past 2 weeks, especially when I think of the pain it would bring to Mr and Mrs Lee. The wild allegations have damaged Singapore’s reputation, something which Mr Lee spent his entire life building up. I do not believe Wei Ling will intentionally cause harm to her country. So I have asked myself over and over again, why is she doing this? Has she been misled and misunderstood what happened?

One thing I learnt from Mr Lee is to always put the country’s interests above personal interests. Mr Lee would make this point repeatedly in his discussions with Ministers and civil servants, and he demonstrated it through his actions. He drummed this into all of us. He also believed in the rule of law and that no one, including himself, was above the law. These values formed the foundation of our nation building and differentiate Singapore from other countries in the region.

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Lee Wei Ling: Lee Hsien Loong & Ho Ching angered me very early on

In the post, Lee Wei Ling explained the reason for Ho Ching’s three-month sabbatical leave announced in April 2015, shortly after Lee Kuan Yew’s passing. News of Ho Ching’s part-time sabbatical then was widely reported.

Ho Ching wrote then, on April 15, 2015: "Now is as good a time as any to spend some time on a couple of long standing things which I have wanted to do." This was her Facebook post announcing her sabbatical.

However, Lee Wei Ling alleged that Ho Ching personally oversaw the cataloging and removal of items from 38 Oxley Road house during that period of time, for the purpose of recreating the interior of the house for public exhibition. This occurred shortly after Lee Kuan Yew’s passing. The sabbatical was subsequently extended to six months.

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Lee Wei Ling calls Lee Hsien Loong “bad PM” and “dishonourable son” attempting to build a “Lee family cult”

In the latest turn of the escalating Oxley Road feud, Dr Lee Wei Ling has taken to Facebook to show Singaporeans “the true face and motives of Lee Hsien Loong and Ho Ching.”

Re-emphasising her allegations that the Prime Minister and his wife have abused the power of the PMO, Dr Lee called her brother a “bad PM” and marked his wife, Ho Ching, as an “even worse Mrs PM, especially as there is no official position as Mrs PM.”

In her post, Dr Lee revealed that following Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, Lee Hsien Loong allegedly threatened to gazette 38 Oxley Road in anger after Lee Kuan Yew’s will was read to the family. Dr Lee wrote, “This greatly disturbed me. He was willing to go against Papa’s wishes as soon as Papa was gone. He is a dishonourable son.”

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Dr Lee Weiling claims PM Lee threatened to gazette 38 Oxley Road after LKY’s will was read

Dr Lee Weiling claims that her brother, Lee Hsien Loong had threatened angrily to gazette 38 Oxley Road after the last will of Lee Kuan Yew was read out to the family.

In a latest post by Dr Lee, she wrote that she wants Singaporeans to see the true face and motives of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching and it was their abuse of power of the Prime Minister Office (PMO) that led to her making up her mind.

She wrote that the abuse of power makes PM Lee a bad Prime Minister and Ms Ho Ching worse, as there is no official position as Mrs PM in Singapore.

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PM Lee had threatened to gazette Oxley Road house, says sister

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had "threatened angrily" to gazette 38 Oxley Road as a national monument after the death of his father Lee Kuan Yew, his sister Dr Lee Wei Ling (pic) claimed.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Dr Lee said this happened after Lee Kuan Yew's will was read to the family, and the Singapore Prime Minister's actions "greatly disturbed" her.

"He was willing to go against Papa's wishes as soon as Papa was gone. He is a dishonourable son," she wrote.

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Lee Wei Ling 15 hrs

I want Singaporeans to see the true face and motives of Lee Hsien Loong and Ho Ching. What made up my mind to expose them was their abuse of the power of PMO. It makes him a bad PM and she an even worse Mrs PM, especially as there is no official position as Mrs PM. It is not just that he is not a filial son, his behaviour as PM is not ok.

Hsien Loong threatened angrily to gazette 38, Oxley Road after the lawyer’s read the will to us. This greatly disturbed me. He was willing to go against Papa’s wishes as soon as Papa was gone. He is a dishonourable son.

I resented Ho Ching & Hsien Loong’s attempt to build a “Lee family cult”. Ho Ching took “sabbatical” to “help sort out Lee family affairs”. This consisted of her spending her days at Oxley Road, getting the photographer & catalog items which she would pack into plastic boxes to send to storage, and her attempts to recreate the way Oxley looked decades ago. She had no business doing this at all.

NHB accepted without protest many things Ho Ching wrongfully took and handed over, so many that they had enough to create a “Lee Kuan Yew Museum”. Yet later when NHB selected and took furniture and items which were significant from Oxley for display in the museum, they were subsequently told by PMO to refuse the exhibition simply because we had required that the last paragraph in Papa’s will be simultaneously displayed to remind the public of his desire for 38, Oxley Road to be demolished.

Hsien Loong and Ho Ching angered me very early on. Both were not straight and were taking advantage of the fact that no one would date criticise them for acting improperly.

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Gilbert Goh Yesterday at 03:14

We probably will hear a one-sided account tomorrow in Parliament by the Prime Minister as LYH and LWL alluded.

94% of Singaporeans polled also suggested that Parliament is not the right place to discuss a domestic spat that involves three siblings.

Its a international disgrace and truly we have more urgent things to talk about nationally than the familee home. #ownselfcheckownself

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Lim Tean: PM Lee must sue for defamation to clear his name else President needs to convene an independent Commission of Inquiry

Adding to the chorus of voices denouncing the Prime Minister for choosing Parliament to defend himself, Lim Tean, a veteran lawyer and recent politician, has called for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to sue his two siblings for defamation over the allegations that they have been unleashing against him over the past two weeks. He also calls for the President to convene an independent commission of inquiry, should the PM refuse to raise the matter in the court.

Citing his experience as a practising lawyer in Singapore for 17 years, he highlights the point that in order to get at the truth, all the relevant parties, accusers and accused must be subject to cross-examination by counsel and all the evidence must be before the Commission and Parliamentary questions cannot take the place of cross-examination.

He wrote, "I see that for the Parliamentary session on 3 July , MPs have to file their questions in advance and we already know the questions which  the Worker’s Party MPs will ask. This might be alright for normal parliamentary sittings but not when the truth has to be discovered. It is like a student being given the exam papers days before the exam. There will also be limited time for follow-up questions on 3 July and none of the MPs except for maybe the Prime Minister himself will have the full facts before them to come to a proper decision."

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Tan Jee Say to Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of The Republic of Singapore

As President, you have the specific duty of safeguarding the integrity of the public service, and it is incumbent on you to get to the bottom of all this, to establish the facts and if true, hold those responsible fully accountable and put into place means and measures to ensure that no one can abuse his or her public position for private gain without the most severe punishment meted out to him or her.

As this is a matter of grave public concern, it is absolutely vital that you direct this inquiry to be conducted by way of open public hearings so as to ensure public confidence that nothing will be swept under the carpet and that every relevant detail will be examined.

This issue is of extreme urgency and the inquiry should be conducted soonest possible. As this matter takes place under your watch, you cannot simply pass the buck to the next President as you still have more than two months left of your presidential term of office. A period of two months is more than sufficient for this inquiry to be conducted and completed in good order as our public service is well-known for its efficiency.

Tan Jee Say: “Dear Prime Minister, please think of Country, Family, Colleagues, and resign now”
Former civil servant and Secretary-General of SingFirst, Tan Jee Say has written an open letter to the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, asking for his resignation. Citing five reasons why PM Lee should resign, Mr Tan made a plea to PM Lee to think of his country, family and colleagues and to step down as the Prime Minister

"Dear Prime Minister, please think of Country, Family, Colleagues, and resign now" - I know, along with many Singaporeans, that you must be feeling very troubled these two and a half weeks. But we also know that you are a man with a very strong will. As you told Singaporeans at a rally during the 2015 General Election, "Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him or give it up."

But giving up does not necessarily mean weakness in a person if it is done for noble reasons that are for the greater good of society. In view of what had happened between you and your siblings in the last few years that exploded in full public view only recently, I would like to make this plea to you, "Dear Prime Minister, please think of your Country, Family and Colleagues, and resign from the premiership now!" Here are my 5 reasons :
  • You have become a liability to the nation.
  • Your priorities are misplaced.
  • You had not been in the best of health.
  • Not being PM can be positive for your children.
  • Several of your ministerial colleagues have been dragged into the dispute.

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"I will GET UP!"

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