Monday, 23 October 2017

The famiLEE feud: PM Lee "I'm not sure that it is solved"

Update 2 Sep 2019: PM Lee demands The Online Citizen take down allegedly defamatory article or face legal action

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s spokesperson has issued a letter to sociopolitical website The Online Citizen (TOC), demanding that it remove an article containing “false” and “libellous” allegations and publish an apology.

In the letter sent to TOC chief editor Terry Xu at 6pm on Sunday (Sept 1) — a copy of which was made available to the media — Ms Chang Li Lin, the prime minister’s press secretary, took issue with an article titled, “PM Lee’s wife Ho Ching weirdly shares article on cutting ties with family members”, which she called a “scurrilous” attack on PM Lee’s character and integrity. A link to the article, dated Aug 15, was also posted on TOC’s Facebook page.

The article and Facebook post repeated several false allegations that were levelled against PM Lee by his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, said Ms Chang.

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Singapore PM threatens online editor with libel
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (front C), arriving for the National Day Parade on August 9, 2019, is embroiled in a public row with his younger brother Lee Hsien Yang and sister Lee Wei Ling over the fate of a family house

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong threatened Sunday the editor of an online publication with libel for repeating "false" allegations related to a bitter feud in the city-state's founding family.

In a letter to Terry Xu, chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC), Lee's press secretary demanded that the article on its website and Facebook page be taken down immediately.

The letter also asked TOC to issue a "full and unconditional apology" by Wednesday. Should Xu fail to comply, "PM Lee will have no choice but to hand the matter over to his lawyers to sue to enforce his full rights in law," said the letter signed by his press secretary.

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PM Lee’s wife, Ho Ching weirdly shares article on cutting ties with family members

On Wednesday (14 August), Ho Ching, the wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (LHL), took to her Facebook to share an article that explains why it is totally fine to cut ties with toxic family members.

Apart from being married to PM Lee, Madam Ho is also widely known for her career as the chief executive officer of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek Holdings. She is also deemed as an influential figure not just in Singapore, but worldwide, as she took the 17th spot in Forbes’ World 100 Most Powerful Women in 2018.

In her post, Madam Ho shared an article by Healthy Holistic Living titled “Here’s Why Sometimes It Is Okay to Cut Ties with Toxic Family Members”.

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HO Ching shared a link. 20 hrs

healthy-holistic-living.com
Here’s Why It Is Completely Fine to Cut Family Members Out of Your Life

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“Ho Ching is watching all of us” – Temasek CEO skirts question on the company’s plans for leadership succession
Instead of giving a direct answer as to what Temasek's leadership succession plans are, when he was asked to give details on these plans and on Mdm Ho's role at the company, Mr Pillay would only say that Mdm Ho is "very much now involved in the stewardship aspects of Temasek…she still keeps a watchful eye over all of us to make sure we continue to do the right thing"

Temasek International CEO Dilhan Pillay appeared to skirt questions on Ho Ching’s role at Temasek and the organisation’s plans for leadership succession, at a recent press briefing.

Temasek International is the investment arm of Singapore sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, which is led by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife, Ho Ching. Instead of giving a direct answer as to what Temasek’s leadership succession plans are, when he was asked to give details on these plans and on Mdm Ho’s role at the company, Mr Pillay would only say that Mdm Ho is “very much now involved in the stewardship aspects of Temasek…she still keeps a watchful eye over all of us to make sure we continue to do the right thing.”

The South China Morning Post noted that Mr Pillay also quipped, “Right now, she’s watching all of us,” and that this remark was met with laughter.

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Lee Hsien Yang last Wednesday

Temasek announced its results yesterday. No surprise that it still didn’t disclose Ho Ching’s salary. Why is it such a big secret?

http://theindependent.sg/the-secret-that-is-ho-chings-sala…/


The secret that is Ho Ching’s salary – will we ever know?

The annual remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Temasek Holdings seems to be the most well-kept secret, with Singaporeans asking, questioning and even speculating what that elusive number could be.

With Ho Ching heading the fund for the past 16 years, since 2002, many push for some transparency.

One Singaporean, Philip Ang, did some calculations and comparisons on his blogIn a post, he wrote, “Although Temasek Holdings manages our state reserves and should be transparent, the PAP government has legislated senior management executives’ remuneration state secret”.


Lee Hsien Yang questions: Why is Ho Ching’s salary such a big secret?

After the announcement yesterday (July 9) that Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s state investment firm, reported a record net portfolio value for the last financial year, many, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother, have been asking about why its chief executive officer (CEO), Ho Ching’s salary remains shrouded in secrecy.

PM Lee’s brother, Lee Hsien Yang, took to Facebook earlier today to point out an obvious, but hidden, piece of the puzzle. He wrote, “Temasek announced its results yesterday. No surprise that it still didn’t disclose Ho Ching’s salary”.

The younger Mr Lee also questioned, “Why is it such a big secret?”. Along with his post, Mr Lee Hsien Yang also shared the following article: The secret that is Ho Ching’s salary – will we ever know?


Lee Hsien Yang: Why is Ho Ching’s salaries a big secret?

The estranged brother of the Prime Minister has hit out at his sister-in-law calling for the government to declare Ho Ching’s salaries:

“Temasek announced its results yesterday. No surprise that it still didn’t disclose Ho Ching’s salary. Why is it such a big secret?”

Through nepotism, the Prime Minister’s wife was made the CEO of Temasek Holdings in 2003, despite having no experience in fund management and being an engineer by training.


Lee Wei Ling posts email proving LKY’s will was made by Kwa Kim Li
Dr Lee Wei Ling is accusing lawyer Kwa Kim Li of lying and said that the lawyer has “breached her duties to her client, my father.”

In the latest development of the Lee Family Saga, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, posted on her Facebook account on Tuesday morning, April 30, that their father former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s lawyer had lied about the making of his will, which has not only been an issue of contention within the family, but has also become a legal issue before the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). She also posted email as proof.


In her post, Dr Lee calls PM Lee her “dishonourable brother” who “has repeatedly alleged that my sister-in-law, Yang’s wife, prepared and somehow got our father to sign a will in December 2013.” She also accuses lawyer Kwa Kim Li of lying and having “breached her duties to her client, my father.”


Ms Kwa has denied having been involved in the events that led to the preparation of Lee Kuan Yew’s will in 2013.


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Dr Lee Wei Ling 29 April


My dishonourable brother Loong has repeatedly alleged that my sister-in-law, Yang’s wife, prepared and somehow got our father to sign a will in December 2013. Kwa Kim Li (KKL) of Lee & Lee has denied involvement in the events that led to this 2013 will. These are all falsehoods. KKL has been lying. She has also breached her duties to her client, my father.

Lee & Lee have always been lawyers for my father’s personal matters including all his wills, powers of attorney, and Advance Medical Directives including his affirmation in August 2014 of his AMD.

The truth is that my father had discussed the changes he wanted extensively with KKL before he signed his December 2013 will. From late November 2013 all the way till Friday 13 December 2013, my father had had discussions and exchanged emails with KKL of Lee & Lee on what he wanted in his will. These included discussions of his immediately prior will. The will my father signed on Tuesday 17 December 2013 reflected these prior discussions with his lawyer KKL. It was exactly what he wanted. It provided for equal shares for all the children, something he had agreed with our mother and all of us.

Here is one email proving my father discussed his December 2013 will with Kwa Kim Li. There are more.

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Lee Hsien Yang shared a post May 15

Dr Lee Wei Ling May 15

Papa was led by Loong to believe that Oxley Road had been “gazetted” by the government. This was the background to Loong’s insistence that Papa should change his will to give Oxley Road to Loong alone. Indeed, Pa wrote to his lawyer Kwa Kim Li of Lee & Lee, on 6 Sep 2012 saying "Although it has been gazetted as a Heritage house it is still mine as owner.” Pa also said "But the house is still mine and I can in my will give Ling the right to stay on in the house."

Loong eventually persuaded Papa that since Oxley had been “gazetted”, it was futile to keep Papa’s direction to demolish Oxley in his will. In late 2013, Pa began to doubt the truth that Oxley had been “gazetted”. On the evening of 29 Nov 2013, Pa discussed with his lawyer Kim Li the possibility of a "degazetting" of 38 Oxley Road after he died. Papa was concerned that the government would reverse course after his death so as to benefit Loong. He also made Kim Li recap what was in his Will in force at the time (dated 2 Nov 2012). Contrary to what Loong has alleged, Pa knew full well the contents of his prior will when he signed his Dec 2013 will.

Papa’s discussions with Kim Li were with a view to making changes to his 2012 will. Several emails between Pa and Kim Li record parts of these discussions and Pa’s instructions. Papa had come to a view that the government would reverse course on the “gazetting” of 38 Oxley Road after his death benefitting Loong as a result. This was what I believe led Pa to decide to revert to reinstate the provision to demolish the house, which had always been his unwavering wish, and also to grant me the right to live in the house as long as I wished.

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ST and CNA report that lawyer Kwa not involved in LKY’s last will but Yahoo & social media publish Ms Lee’s posting saying otherwise

Two years ago, when Kwa Kim Li, who is the managing partner of the Lee & Lee law firm as well as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s cousin, told Straits Times (ST) that she didn’t prepare the last will of the late Lee Kuan Yew, ST was quick to publish a news report informing the public about it (‘Lawyer Kwa Kim Li says she did not prepare Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s last will‘, 17 Jun 2017) along with Channel News Asia.

“Ms Kwa, who is currently overseas, told The Straits Times: ‘I did not prepare the last will’,” ST reported. “Her statement contradicts an earlier one made by Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who is her cousin and the younger son of the late Mr Lee.”

This ST report came after PM Lee said that his father’s final will was made in “very troubling circumstances”. PM Lee raised the question of whether there was a conflict of interest when Mrs Lee Suet Fern – Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s wife – helped prepare the final will since her husband stood to gain from the removal of his sister Lee Wei Ling’s extra share of the estate in the will.

Mainstream media does not report on Lee Wei Ling’s statement


It has been over 50 hours since Dr Lee Wei Ling released email correspondence proving Kwa Kim Lee’s involvement in preparing the last will of her father, founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, but the Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia and TODAY Online have yet to report on the matter.

Earlier this year, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) filed a 500-page complaint against the late Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter-in-law, Lee Suet Fern, to the Law Society. The AGC alleged that Suet Fern would be liable for professional misconduct if she had prepared Lee Kuan Yew’s will, since her husband – Lee Hsien Yang – is a beneficiary of the will.


The AGC’s action against Lee Suet Fern re-ignited the family feud which spilled into the public domain two years ago, when the Dr Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang accused their elder brother – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – of abusing his power to preserve their family home, against their father’s willed desire to demolish the house, in order to bolster his grip on power.


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Lawyer Kwa Kim Li says she did not prepare Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will

The question of who prepared the last will of Mr Lee Kuan Yew took a new turn late on Friday night (June 16) when lawyer Kwa Kim Li denied that she had a role in it.



Ms Kwa, the managing partner of the Lee&Lee law firm, had prepared the previous six versions of the will of the late Mr Lee who died on March 23, 2015, at the age of 91.



When contacted on Friday night, Ms Kwa, who is currently overseas, told The Straits Times: "I did not prepare the last will."



Netizens wonder if Lee Wei Ling will still be able to post the way she does if the fake news bill is passed


On Tuesday, April 30, the Prime Minister’s sister Dr Lee Wei Ling took to Facebook to provide email proof concerning the lawyer who had prepared the will of her father, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.


The said lawyer, Kwa Kim Li of Lee & Lee, “denied involvement in the events that led to this 2013 will,” as Dr Lee wrote.


Lee Suet Fern, the wife of the youngest Lee sibling, Lee Hsien Yang, is facing a disciplinary tribunal called for by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for her alleged role in helping prepare the will of her father-in-law.


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Once Fake News Bill Becomes Law, Lee Wei Ling's FB Posts Will Kena?


The sister of Prime Minister Lee Hseing Loong, also known as the dishonourable son in many circles, Dr Lee Wei Ling recently posted on her Facebook to refute claims that Lawyer Kwa Kim Li had nothing to do with their father, Lee Kuan Yew's last will. In fact, she produced an email that clearly showed Kwa Kim Li was very much involved in LKY's last will from the very beginning and every step of the way too.


Lee Wei Ling has been posting on her social media account to refute any claims that her brother, the PM, and his machinery made against her and Lee Hsien Yang. This latest salvo brought to light that Kwa Kim Li's claims that she “denied involvement in the events that led to this 2013 will,” was false, and that charges against Lee Hsien Yang's wife was also questioned by Dr Lee. She has been outspokenly critical of her older brother, the prime minister, at times calling him her “dishonourable brother Loong” or that he has made “false and dishonourable allegations".


But questions arises that once the Fake News Bill becomes law, will the authorities clam down on her posts and declare her a fake news peddler? After all, she is accusing none other than the PM of Singapore himself, being her brother or not is secondary to the argument. If this is not fake news, then this must be true? After all, this is not an opinion, or a satirical piece by Dr Lee, isn't it?

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Netizens ask about Kwa Kim Li, Lee Kuan Yew’s lawyer caught in the middle of the Lee family feud

The latest shot in the Lee family feud was fired today by the Prime Minister’s sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, who posted an email on her Facebook account on Tuesday, April 30, which proved that lawyer Kwa Kim Lee was aware of the will of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister and the family patriarch, in December 2013.


Dr Lee had written that “Kwa Kim Li (KKL) of Lee & Lee has denied involvement in the events that led to this 2013 will. These are all falsehoods. KKL has been lying. She has also breached her duties to her client, my father.”


The Prime Minister’s sister has sprung to the defense of the wife of her other brother Lee Hsien Yang, due to allegations that Lee Fern Suet “prepared and somehow got our father to sign a will in December 2013.”


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“Kwa Kim Lee Has Been Lying”, Claims Dr Lee Wei Ling with Fresh Email Leak

Dr Lee Wei Ling has leaked an email exchange purportedly between her father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, and his lawyer Kwa Kim Lee from Dec 2013

In a Facebook post, Dr Lee claimed that Kwa lied when she said that she did not prepare Lee Kuan Yew’s last will.


Ms Kwa, who prepared the previous six versions of the will of the late Lee Kuan Yew, has denied preparing Lee Kuan Yew’s last will.


However, in the email leaked by Dr Lee, Kwa appears to have a part in the preparation of the will.


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AGC refers case involving Lee Suet Fern to Law Society

The AGC said Mrs Lee Suet Fern appears to have prepared the late Mr Lee's last will and arranged for him to execute it, despite the fact that her husband Lee Hsien Yang is one of the beneficiaries under that will. PHOTO: STAMFORD LAW

The long-running feud between the Lee siblings over 38 Oxley Road has taken a new turn, with allegations of possible professional misconduct by Mrs Lee Suet Fern in preparing the last will of her father-in-law, founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.


The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has made a complaint to the Law Society, but said in a statement yesterday its move does not relate to the validity of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will.


It issued the statement a day after Dr Lee Wei Ling disclosed the AGC's complaint in a Facebook post on Sunday night.


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AGC refers case of possible misconduct by lawyer Lee Suet Fern to Law Society


The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has referred a case to the Law Society over possible misconduct by Mrs Lee Suet Fern, the daughter-in-law of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, in preparing his last will.


In a statement on Monday (Jan 7), the AGC said the referral does not relate to the validity of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will.


This development is the latest in the long-running dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his younger siblings Hsien Yang and Wei Ling, over the fate of their father's house at 38 Oxley Road.


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AGC refers case involving LKY's will, Lee Suet Fern to Law Society

AGC cites possible professional misconduct by Lee Hsien Yang's wife in preparing Lee Kuan Yew's last will

In its statement, the AGC said Mrs Lee appears to have prepared the late Mr Lee's last will and arranged for him to execute it, despite her husband being a beneficiary in the will.


It noted that Mr Lee Hsien Yang, whose share increased under the final will, had said publicly the last will was drafted by Ms Kwa Kim Li of law firm Lee & Lee. But Ms Kwa has denied drafting it.


The AGC cited the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules, saying it stipulates that lawyers do not place themselves in a position of conflict.


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Lee Hsien Yang: AG Filed More Than 500 Pages Of Complaint Against My Wife!


The AG has filed more than 500 pages worth of complaints against Lee Suet Fern. She faces possible professional misconduct for her involvement in preparing LKY's will when her husband was one of the beneficiaries.


From Lee Hsien Yang's post, the complaints contained many allegations that LHL made in the past "to the once secret ministerial committee".


LHY indicated that it was unfair to him and his sister, Lee Wei Ling, as Brother Loong has never voiced his displeasure or discussed things with them. "If Loong had issues with our father’s will, he never saw fit to take these up with our father nor sat down to discuss with my sister and me. Advised by his then-personal lawyer, Lucien Wong, Loong has also not personally lodged any complaint all these years".


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Lee Hsien Yang: The AG filed well over 500 pages of complaint against my wife

Mr Lee added that “Most of these pages contain the same allegations that Loong previously made to the once secret ministerial committee”

Earlier this week, Lee Suet Fern filed her 21-page defence against an allegation of possible  “professional misconduct” by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).


In a Facebook post earlier today, it was revealed by Lee Hsien Yang, brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and husband to Lee Suet Fern, that “The AG filed well over 500 pages of complaint against my wife”.


He also added that “Most of these pages contain the same allegations that Loong previously made to the once secret ministerial committee.”


related:

Lee Hsien Yang says former AG Walter Woon will represent Lee Suet Fern
Tan Chee Meng will prosecute the case involving Lee Suet Fern

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



"The Estate of LKY instructed Stamford Law to extract probate. Ng Joo Khin's role in that was to read the will to the beneficiaries."



Para 7 of the last will relates to the late founding prime minister's wish to have the Oxley Road home demolished immediately after his death, or after his daughter Dr Lee moves out.



In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia on Mr Lee Hsien Yang's assertion, Ms Kwa said: "No, I did not prepare the last will".


Lee Hsien Yang denies his wife was the late Lee Kuan Yew's lawyer, challenged AGC to release full exchange

On the day the Attorney-General’s Chambers flagged a possible case of misconduct involving lawyer Lee Suet Fern, her husband Lee Hsien Yang responded on Facebook with a challenge. Why now, AGC?

Lee Hsien Yang, brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has written a post on Facebook on Jan. 7, denying that his wife was ever the late Lee Kuan Yew’s lawyer.

He also said that no one had “complained from the outset on the process and circumstances of our father’s signing his final will” and that “the will was proven in court in 2015 with no issues raised”.

The Ministerial Committee on 38 Oxley Road has completed its work and released its Report today

The Report lays out a range of options for the Property – from preservation on one end, to demolition and redevelopment on the other. The Report does not make any recommendations and there is no need to make a decision on the Property now. The various options in the Report are meant to help a future government make an informed and considered decision when the need arises.

The Report addresses the Committee’s three terms of reference. First, the Committee assesses that the Property has architectural, heritage and historical significance. Second, it is the Committee’s view that while Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s preference was for the Property to be demolished, he was prepared to accept options other than demolition, provided that suitable arrangements were made to ensure that: (i) the Property was refurbished, and kept in a habitable state; and (ii) the family's privacy was protected. Third, the Report lays out the possible plans and options for the Property, and the considerations for each of them, to serve as drawer plans for a future government.

Cabinet (without the Prime Minister, who had recused himself from all discussions regarding 38 Oxley Road) decided in June 2016 to task a Ministerial Committee to prepare drawer plans of various options for the Property and to consider their implications, given the public interest on this matter. Cabinet felt it would be beneficial for a future Cabinet to hear the views of those who had directly discussed the matter with Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The Report has been considered and approved by Cabinet.

Dispute with PM Lee would not have been publicised if it were merely a 'family affair': Lee Wei Ling
Dr Lee Wei Ling at the preview of We Built A Nation, an exhibition at The National Museum of Singapore. FOTO: ST FILE

Dr Lee Wei Ling on Thu (Jun 15) said she and Mr Lee Hsien Yang would not have issued a public statement if the dispute with their brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, over their late father's house "were merely a family affair".

In a Facebook post, Dr Lee said the main message of their six-page statement released on Wednesday was not that the siblings feared what PM Lee would do to them.



Rather, she alleged that PM Lee's "misuse (of) his official power" against his siblings in relation to the house at 38, Oxley Road suggests he could do the same to ordinary citizens. She added that their lawyer edited this message out of the statement.


Misleading to say Lee Kuan Yew 'accepted' alternatives to demolition of Oxley Road home: Lee Hsien Yang
Ministerial committee said it had relied on “three key objective documents” from Lee Kuan Yew

The late Lee Kuan Yew was “forced to consider” alternatives to the demolition of his family home at 38 Oxley Road but did not accept them, his younger son Mr Lee Hsien Yang said on Tuesday (April 3) in criticising a ministerial committee’s report for being “misleading”.


Dr Lee Wei Ling, Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s sister, also weighed in with harsh words for the report. In a Facebook post, she wrote that “it would require unbelievable lack of intelligence or determined denial to not understand what” the founding Prime Minister and his wife wanted to be done for the Oxley Road property.


Responding to the criticisms, the committee said in a statement on Tuesday night that it had relied on “3 key objective documents from Lee Kuan Yew which gave concrete expression to his thinking and wishes regarding” the Oxley Road house.


related: Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Wei Ling respond to Oxley Road report




Lee Hsien Loong Yesterday at 02:45

I have read the report of the Ministerial Committee on 38 Oxley Road. The report was considered and approved by the Cabinet, chaired by DPM Teo Chee Hean. I had recused myself from dealing with the matter.


Speaking as a son, I accept the Committee’s conclusion on what my father’s wishes were regarding the house at 38 Oxley Road, and the range of options it has laid out.


As the Committee pointed out, there is no need to make a decision now. My sister is still living there, and is likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. I hope that when the time comes to decide on what to do with the house, this report will help the Government of the day to make an informed decision that both respects my father’s wishes and is in the public interest.




Lee Wei Ling 13 hrs

Papa was as direct as me. He made absolutely clear what he wanted done with the house. He and Mama had long decided they wanted it demolished after they were gone. It would require unbelievable lack of intelligence or determined denial to not understand what Pa & Ma so unambiguously wanted. It seems to me my big brother & his committee have achieved that distinction with amazing ease.



Lee Hsien Yang added 2 new photos. 13 hrs

Response to the Report of the Once-secret Committee



The famiLEE feud: AGC to start legal action on Li Shengwu for contempt

Hours before his son Li Shengwu's appeal is due to be heard in court, Mr Lee Hsien Yang on Monday (Sep 3) questioned why the AGC is continuing its prosecution of his son for contempt of court, but appears not to have gone after international media & others for "much stronger criticism" of Singapore's courts.

Writing in a public Facebook post on Monday, Mr Lee, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, wrote that the AGC's prosecution of Mr Li for a private Facebook post that was "shared only with his friends" is continuing.


"In the meantime, much stronger criticism of Singapore courts has recently been published in some international media and widely shared public posts. AGC appears not to have commenced committal proceedings against the media and others, whilst nonetheless continuing this action against Shengwu for his private communications," added Mr Lee. He did not cite examples of the criticism put forth by international media.



The Worst Insults in Life Come From Our Siblings

The Facebook posts and ‘media statements’ about the Oxley Road saga provide a vicarious form of entertainment, as well as significant insight into the lives of those with siblings. In particular, the language used is pointed, but not vulgar. Forget being kind, sibling rivalry is necessarily personal. For instance, I often call my 25-year-old sister spineless, because she doesn’t refuse our parents’ overprotective behaviour when they treat her like she’s 5.

Similarly, in Dr Lee Wei Ling’s recent Facebook post, she reiterates that the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew would have “absolutely” wanted the house demolished. She adds, “It would require unbelievable lack of intelligence or determined denial to not understand what Pa & Ma so unambiguously wanted. It seems to me my big brother & his committee have achieved that distinction with amazing ease.”



Essentially, our Prime Minister’s sister called him out for being stupid, and living in denial.



3 options for 38 Oxley Road but no decision needed now



Fate of Lee Kuan Yew's house to be decided by future government: Ministerial committee

The ministerial committee tasked to consider the future of 38, Oxley Road has laid out 3 broad options for the house but left the final decision to a future government.

It released a 21-page report yesterday listing the 3 possibilities for founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's home:
  • Retain the house by gazetting it for conservation or as a national monument;
  • Retain the basement dining room ,which has the greatest historical significance, and tear down the rest of the house;
  • Allow it to be fully demolished for redevelopment, either by the property owner or the state.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who chaired the four-member panel, said it did not make any recommendations as no decision is required now. Mr Lee's daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, has said she intends to continue living in the house.

PM Lee: 'Speaking as a son', I accept ministerial panel's report for 38 Oxley Road



Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (April 2) wrote on Facebook that he has read and “accepted” the ministerial committee’s report regarding the house at 38 Oxley Road.

“Speaking as a son, I accept the Committee’s conclusion on what my father’s wishes were regarding the house at 38 Oxley Road, and the range of options it has laid out,” said PM Lee, who reiterated that he had recused himself from dealing with the issue.

The ministerial committee for the old family home of the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew released a 21-page report earlier on Monday, outlining three broad options for the property at 38 Oxley Road.

Lee Kuan Yew prepared to accept options other than demolition of 38 Oxley Road: Ministerial committee
Dr Lee Wei Ling & Mr Lee Hsien Yang did not provide any documentary evidence, according to the committee

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew wanted to demolish his longtime residence at 38 Oxley Road but later became open to other possibilities, according to a report released on Monday (Apr 2) by a ministerial committee.

The bungalow’s status came under scrutiny in June last year after Mr Lee’s children, Dr Lee Wei Ling & Mr Lee Hsien Yang, accused their elder brother & current Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong of using the house to “enhance his political capital”. A back-and-forth ensued, leading to a two-day parliamentary debate on the issue.

A year before, in June 2016, a ministerial committee was set up to explore various options for the house. It is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and excludes PM Lee, who had earlier recused himself from all Government decisions involving the property.


Oxley Road panel relied on demolition clause, renovation plans and letter to Cabinet as ‘objective evidence’
Mr Lee Kuan Yew wrote a letter to the Cabinet

Apart from representations from Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 3 children in their personal capacities, the Ministerial Committee studying various options for the Lee family home said in its report released on Monday (Apr 2) that it relied on the “objective evidence” placed before it in reaching its views.

In particular, there was an emphasis on “contemporaneous documents & statements made personally by Mr Lee”. The committee said it found 3 aspects to be particularly useful: The demolition clause in Mr Lee’s Last Will dated Dec 17, 2013, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s letter to the Cabinet dated Dec 27, 2011, and the renovation/redevelopment plans for 38 Oxley Road which Mr Lee Kuan Yew submitted to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in March 2012, and obtained approval for.

Recognising that are differences in views among Mr Lee’s children about his thinking and wishes about the family home, the committee said it looked at the objective evidence as well as the views expressed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang.

Just 16 bungalows like Lee Kuan Yew's house left in Singapore: Heritage Board
The home of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at 38, Oxley Road. Of the more than 200 bungalows in Singapore conserved to date, only an estimated 16 bungalows belong to the same style and era as 38, Oxley Road. ST FOTO: JAMIE KOH

Of the more than 200 bungalows in Singapore conserved to date, only an estimated 16 bungalows belong to the same style & era as 38 Oxley Road.

This was one of the findings in the National Heritage Board's (NHB) 31-page research report on founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's home, released on Monday (Apr 2).

The "early style' bungalow, which has a complex architectural typology dating back to 18th century colonial India, has distinctive, rare & well-preserved features, said the report.


Li Shengwu’s application to set aside court order dismissed with costs


Mr Li Shengwu, the nephew of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has had his application to set aside a court order allowing the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to serve papers on him outside Singapore dismissed.

Mr Li’s lawyers told Channel NewsAsia on Monday (Mar 26) that the application was dismissed with costs.

“Earlier today, we attended the hearing of our application before Justice Kannan Ramesh. After considering written & oral submissions, Justice Ramesh dismissed the application with costs,” they said in a statement.


Singapore prime minister on criticism from siblings: 'I'm not sure' if feud is solved

"I'm not sure that it is solved,"

Four months since the start of a public dispute between Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings, the leader of the Southeast Asian island nation said he is not sure whether the matter has been solved.


Lee's two younger siblings, neurologist Lee Wei Ling and businessman Lee Hsien Yang, shocked the country with a public statement accusing the prime minister of abusing power and exploiting their father's legacy for political gains.


The three are children of the country's founding and longest-serving prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away in 2015. The rare public feud among the siblings over the fate of their late father's home led to the prime minister calling for a special sitting of parliament to defend the integrity of his government.


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Our brother says he is unsure that the feud is solved. Notwithstanding his public statements, Hsien Loong has made no attempt to reach out to us to resolve matters in private.


Meanwhile, the Attorney General is busy prosecuting Hsien Loong’s nephew for his private correspondence. The AGC’s letters make repeated reference to the family feud.


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Lee Hsien Yang Breaks Silence To Claim PM Lee Has Yet To Settle Oxley Road Saga

PM Lee Said He Was Unsure If Feud Was Settled, His Brother Confirms It Has Not

Lee Hsien Yang is back again and it looks like the Oxley Road dispute is about to experience a second coming.


After months of silence, Singapore had all but placed the notorious family dispute at the back of their minds.


Just when we thought that we had witnessed the last of the Lee Family Saga, Mr Lee Hsien Yang confirmed that the feud is still rumbling on.


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Lee Hsien Yang: PM Lee has Made “No Attempt” to Resolve Lee Family Feud

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “unsure” if the Lee Family Feud has been revolved in an interview with US news agency CNBC. But his brother, Lee Hsien Yang, says PM Lee has made “no attempt” to resolve the issue.


PM Lee’s siblings Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling had accused him of being a “dishonourable” son who abused state mechanisms to put them in fear for their future and to get his way with the preservation of the late Lee Kuan Yew’s 38 Oxley Road home.


In comments to CNBC, PM Lee said:

“The matter is in abeyance (a state of temporary inactivity), I’m not sure if it’s solved.”
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Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother’s hit back suggests that Lee family feud is far from being in ‘abeyance’


In his first public comments referencing the Lee family feud since August, Lee Hsien Yang has spoken out on Facebook, clarifying that his older brother – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – has not made any effort to reach out to resolve matters in private.


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed that the Oxley Road dispute between him and his siblings – Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang – remains unresolved and that they have not communicated recently, in an interview to business news agency CNBC yesterday.


Describing the family feud as being in “abeyance,” the head of government said, “I’m not sure if it’s solved,” before adding that he was still saddened by the dispute over the siblings’ family home, but expressed hope that relations with his siblings will improve in future, when “emotions have subsided.” He added:

“Perhaps one day, when emotions have subsided, some movement will be possible.”
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Lee Hsien Yang returns to Facebook alleging that PM Lee has not reached out to settle their dispute

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Aaaand we are back with the Lee Family Saga! After what seemed to be eons since we last heard about the feud between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings (and nephew), the Singaporean leader’s brother returned to fire a new public allegation. Here we go again, we think.


Lee Hsien Yang took to Facebook with a post this afternoon to provide a new update on his family’s shenanigans. Namely, (a) PM Lee has yet to reach out to him and his sister to resolve whatever issues they have, and (b) the Attorney General is currently busy prosecuting his son, Li Shengwu.


Hsien Yang’s post was sparked off by his brother’s recent interview with CNBC, where the prime minister stated that he remained unsure if the highly public dispute that rocked the country in June has been resolved.


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Oxley Road dispute ‘in abeyance’ and Lee siblings haven’t communicated recently - PM Lee


The Oxley Road dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong & his siblings remains unresolved & they have not communicated recently.


Speaking to CNBC ahead of his visit to the United States from Sunday (Oct 22), PM Lee described the spat with his siblings over their 38 Oxley Road family home as being in “abeyance”.


“I’m not sure if it’s solved,” he told the business news outlet in an interview on Thursday (Oct 19).


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Attorney-General’s Chambers proceeds with contempt of court case against Li Shengwu

Li Shengwu in the US in August 2017. Photo: Reuters

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has followed through with contempt of court proceedings against Li Shengwu, the eldest son of Lee Hsien Yang and nephew of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.


The first pre-trial conference took place on Monday (13 November) at the Supreme Court. Yahoo News Singapore first reported that the AGC was proceeding with the case last week, citing sources familiar with the matter.


Abraham Vergis of Providence Law told Yahoo News Singapore that he had been engaged to represent Li, 32, a junior fellow at Harvard University.


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AGC proceeds on contempt of court case against Li Shengwu


Mr Li Shengwu, 32, a nephew of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has been taken to court for a Facebook post saying that "the Singapore Government is very litigious & has a pliant court system".


The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) initiated the move, & the first pre-trial conference was held at the High Court on Monday (Nov 13).


The Straits Times understands that Mr Li - the eldest son of Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who is the younger brother of the Prime Minister - was served court papers earlier in the United States, where he is a junior fellow at Harvard University.


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Li Shengwu appoints lawyer for contempt of court case


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s nephew Li Shengwu, who is facing contempt of court proceedings, has appointed Mr Abraham Vergis, MD of Providence Law Asia, to act on his behalf.


Mr Li, who is a junior fellow at Harvard University, was not present at a pre-trial conference (PTC) at the High Court on Monday (Nov 13). The next PTC is on Dec 4, giving Mr Vergis time to review the case.


Mr Li faces a suit brought by the Government for contempt of court after he failed to delete a FaceBook Post he put up on Jul 15.


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Li Shengwu's lawyers to apply to set aside court order, pre-trial conference for contempt of court case on Jan 4


In a statement on Monday, Providence Law said it had informed the court that it will apply to set aside the order that allowed the AGC to personally serve papers on Mr Li, 32, who is a junior fellow at Harvard University.


Noting that the court papers filed by the AGC exceeded 1,300 pages, the law firm said: "We explained we needed time to address the novel grounds which the AGC relied on to justify serving the papers out of jurisdiction."


The court has directed that Mr Li file his application by Dec 22, and the next pre-trial conference for the case is expected to take place on Jan 4.


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Li Shengwu to challenge court order allowing AGC to serve him lawsuit in the US


In a statement after a pre-trial conference at the High Court on Monday (Dec 4), Mr Li's lawyer Abraham Vergis said his client intends to challenge the order that allowed the AGC to “personally serve the committal papers on Shengwu in the US".


Mr Vergis added that he needed time to “address the novel grounds which the AGC relied on to justify serving the papers out of jurisdiction”, noting that the court documents were in excess of 1,300 pages.


Mr Li, who is a junior fellow at Harvard University, has said he will not return to Singapore to face the contempt proceedings.


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PM Lee’s Nephew Supports Pink Dot
And The Event Reached Max Capacity

Thousands of Singaporeans flocked to Hong Lim Park on Saturday (July 1), as the much-anticipated Pink Dot was held after overcoming many obstacles.

Among them: Foreign sponsorship was banned, which led to local companies filling in the gap; foreigners were banned entirely, leading to barricades being erected around the park; and people complained over even the event’s ad at Orchard Cineleisure.

In happier news, however, Paralympian Theresa Goh came out and became a Pink Dot ambassador. Here she is at the event,

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