AGC defends position on Lee Kuan Yew’s last will controversy

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The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is undaunted in its defense against Mr. Lee Hsien Yang’s derisive inquiry on the manner in which the chamber is treating Mrs. Lee Suet Fern’s’s role in the preparation of Lee Kuan Yew’s last will.

The Chamber unwaveringly defends its position on the matter and insists that the handling of the matter is in accordance with the law and consistent with how it has handled other cases of alleged professional misconduct by lawyers.

The AGC has referred Mrs. Lee’s case to the Law Society because it appeared that she had a major role in the preparation of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s last will and facilitated its execution in 2013. There is the opinion that Mrs. Lee is placed in a position of conflict and committed a breach of the rules governing the conduct of lawyers because her husband was a beneficiary in the will.

It was found that the share of Mr. Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, increased under the final will. Mr. Lee Hsien Yang insisted that his wife was never the late Mr. Lee’s lawyer.

Mr. Yang insisted that the AGC’s claim that his wife refused to respond to the AGC was untrue and summoned the AGC to release the Chamber’s full correspondence with his wife.

“What is the public interest that is being served by the AGC and why it is wasting public resources on a private matter, and after all this time? Why is AGC rushing this case in 2019 when the facts were known by all parties for years?” Mr. Yang questioned, according to him, the timing of the AGC decision is dubious and he is uncertain as to how the public interest is served in the matter.

PM Lee and his siblings have been enmeshed in a long-running conflict over the fate of their father’s house at 38 Oxley Road.

Mr. Lee Hsien Yang and his sister Lee Wei Ling have alleged that their older brother has abused his power and is using his position as prime minister to influence a ministerial committee looking into options for the Oxley Road house.

They wanted the house to be demolished as promulgated in their father’s last will and said that PM Lee wanted to preserve it so that he could earn political mileage. PM Lee refuted the charges of abuse of power in a two-day Parliament sitting in July 2017. He said there was no evidence to back up the claims, and that he and the Government had acted properly and with due process.