Dr Lee: Shanmugam’s view on conflicts of interest is “absurd”

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Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee released a statement yesterday acknowledging that it was him who set-up the Ministerial Committee deliberating on the fate of 38 Oxley Road. He said that the Committee chaired by him had other Ministers like Grace Fu, K Shanmugam, and Lawrence Wong, in it.

Lee Kuan Yew’s younger son, Lee Hsien Yang, hit back almost immediately after DPM Teo’s statement was released. Mr Lee said that his sister and he had asked repeatedly for information – from the outset for almost a year – about who comprised of this Committee, but that this information was denied to them until now.

He further said that the siblings had expressed concerns about Law Minister K Shanmugam being in the Committee, because having advised his father and his sibling on how to achieve Lee Kuan Yew’s wishes and the drafting of the demolition wish, he could possibly have conflict of interest.

DPM Teo reveals members of ‘secret’ committee while Hsien Yang continues referring to them as ‘shadowy’

Mr Shanmugam hit back at Mr Lee soon after he made that comment in his Facebook. Mr Shanmugam said that he is well aware of the rules of conflict, as he had been in practice for over 22 years, and that the suggestion that he was in conflict is “ridiculous”.
The Law Minister further said that if Mr Lee still believed that there was a conflict, he can get a lawyer to write to the Minister for his response.

Cabinet CommitteeMr Lee Hsien Yang has questioned my being in the Committee chaired by DPM Teo.There are dozens of…

Posted by K Shanmugam Sc on Saturday, 17 June 2017

Mr Shanmugam’s post in his Facebook has drawn mixed responses.

Julie Chin, whose Facebook profile suggests that she is a staunch PAP supporter said: “I think it is LHY and his wife who do not know what conflict of interest is!!!! They’re party of interest in the Will yet she was involved in the writing and execution of the Will. Something is seriously wrong with their thinking!!!!”

Another Facebook user L Lian Yeow said: “Yes. Sick and tired. Just shocking to know that LHY is a keyboard warrior and feed his audience little by little. Why so defensive? Sick and tired. Disturbing the whole nation. Just toxic : (”

Others however questioned the setting up of the Committee and supported the call for Lee Kuan Yew’s house to be destroyed once his daughter moves out of it.

Lim Robert: “Why should there be a Ministerial Committee set up to explore other options regarding the demolition of late LKY house when LKY mentioned in Parliament as well as in the Media that he wanted his house demolished when he passed on. He even mentioned it in his book “Hard Truths”.”

Goh Ming: “Perhaps we should just demolish the home once MM LKY daughter not living there anymore, since it was his wish to demolish the home and let the plot of land redeveloped. We could just 3D scan the interior and exterior of the home and let future Singaporean explored it virtually.”

Chan HonSun: “All the members in this “secret committee ” are LHL’s subordinates…Hence this why this committee is “shadowy” and an “abuse of power” . If you are really just and ” free of conflict ” , then the committee should have made up of people neutral to both LHL n LHY . But with PAP having overwhelming majority in government… That would be difficult . If WP MPs were in this committee…then I would say the committee would be serving it’s purpose. The committee is setup by LHL to clearly to get what he wants… I challenge you people to respect the late LKY’s wishes n NOT LHL’s wishes . Dare to do it? I doubt so though… Conscience will haunt you people eventually… And LKY’s spirit deep down.”

Ivan Tan: “Dear Sir, I think it’s important to clarify if any opinion the committee forms on the validity of the Last Will has any legal weight. From my layman’s view, the committee cannot arbitrate the dispute between the siblings (as LHY alleges). It cannot take the place of the probate court. It’s an important point because the wider accusation is that this is the unorthodox platform used to bypass proper legal procedures, an “organ of state” used to settle this personal matter unfairly. It’s brings into disrepute our legal system and the upholding of rule of law. It has to be clarified quickly if that’s not the case to prevent confidence in the system being eroded.”

Kyle Malinda-White: “You still haven’t answered the question, sir? Why are you and others in a committee to decide on other decisions for a will that has already been confirmed? I think it’s fair you remain transparent on this matter to Singaporeans. We don’t want to see politicians wasting taxpayers’ resources and time by giving “due process” (DPM Teo’s words, not mine) to a will that has already been privately settled.”

Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, responded to Mr Shanmugam’s Facebook message and said the Law Minister’s “view on conflicts of interests is absurd and unethical.”

She added: “It is sad to see how he has changed.”

We were once very good friends and each had helped the other a great deal. Also Shan knows Pa's real wish and concern as…

Posted by Lee Wei Ling on Saturday, 17 June 2017

123 COMMENTS

  1. It’s common sense that even the man on the street knows, how can the Committee which is made up of all those under PM to have an impartial outcome? It’s simply an old tactic of hiding under the guise of law abiding while dictating the outcome behind the scene.

  2. I think Ivan Tan made the best argument – “…the committee cannot arbitrate the dispute between the siblings…It cannot take the place of the probate court. It’s an important point because the wider accusation is that this is the unorthodox platform used to bypass proper legal procedures, an “organ of state” used to settle this personal matter unfairly. It’s brings into disrepute our legal system and the upholding of rule of law…’

  3. Respect LKY’s Will!!! Simple as that. Thou who choose not to follow will never ever respect our Singapore Father from start! That is the least we can do in honour of him

  4. 90%是后面女人的错,贪,好念,指手画脚,爱面,高高在上,叼难,令事件无法收拾,愈来愈臭到全世界…(由面像可看出 )…..it is sad to see how he has changed in 1 minute….to maintain the rice bowl…

  5. I don’t get this. How come the house was bequeathed to LHL when the last Will state clearly to be distributed equally among the 3 children? Can someone throw some light?

  6. A snake is always a snake!
    This black mumbo jumbo is just good at threatening plebeians n others. But when come to Caucasian, he just know how to wag his tail. Honestly, how many ppl really respect this useless snake ?

  7. Wow…today very quiet. It should not take him so long to refute his siblings and also explain to us why we have to pay for the committee when this is a family feud. Perhaps in future, true blue Singaporeans with problems resolving their parents’ will should be able to get free resolution through this committee

  8. The world is not laughing at us the citizens but the honesty and intrigrity of our PM and the party ..the more they talk the deeper they get into shit. Our cabinet has lost its credibility…please do the right thing and not hide the evident.

  9. Standard tactic / pls sue me so I can sue u bak / with the courts being so “independent” ?? Even the Lee children he dare to use this tactic of threats and intimidation / Wah common folks like us sure die !

  10. Where have all the men and women of integrity gone ? our founding cabinet gave lky unyielding support but they were never yes men/ when needed men like Goh Keng swee, S Rajaratnam, lim Kim San …. would stand up to even lky the pm ! They built this country and now filled with yes men and women only care about their rice bowl – no matter how unethical, unfair or undemocratic things get now / no one would oppose ! Jus continue to say yes

  11. Heard someone within the party branded s traitor for speaking out against the glorious leader / other part members even threatening him for being disloyal / I don get it – ultimate loyalty to one person rather than the country or the constitution? Even though what’s being done is unethical, unjust and undemocratic still must be absolutely and blindly loyal ??? Then we might as well be North Korea !

  12. @Wei Ling
    You will only know who are your true friends only when you are confined in hospital for 40 days!
    Those who buy you your favorite food while you are in hospital are truly those who love you and you should regard them as buddies
    患难见真情!
    When your daddy was in power, many people will get close to you but not now!
    It is not too late for you to build bridges and get more friends
    If you cannot find a true friend in times of crisis, please feel free to message me
    Regardless of who is in power, rest assured that no harm will come to our good doctor as the angels will encamp around you!

  13. This is the chap who has no problems with AIM – which is a $2 company headed by 2 ex-PAP MPs, which has the address to be the same as that of the PAP party HQ, which is a complete unknown in the IT sector and god knows how many REAL staff doing real work,, which goes on to run all the Town Councils under the very same party.

    But the WP is “rotten at the very top level” on the matter of FMSS – which was the only bidder in an open tender.

    Why is LWL even surprised at this?

    • Town Council staffs are they doing what they are suppose to do?????!!!!!!!????????. Many question marks my friends and why there are so much problem with the lifts. Not because of spare parts which Town Council claim. They are taking us for a ride.

  14. Actually my view us that all these ministers replies are very egoistic. That says alot about their behaviour….just because they are in control they will challegened every damn things They could easily said ” I understand their concerns and where they are coming from….” Being less reactive can get your point across and may leads to a reconcilitionary scenario.

  15. THOSE CRONY MINISTERS WHO ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED (MASTERS AND PHD HOLDERS) CAN’T UNDERSTAND SIMPLE ENGLISH. TSK, TSK, TSK…..

    RESPOND TO DPM
    ================
    DPM TEO CH SAID HE DOESN’T WANT EITHER END OF THE RANGE – ONE WHEREBY TO ALLOW VISITORS TO VISIT LKY’S HOUSE THAT DISTURBS LKY’S FAMILY MEMBERS WHILE THE END IS TO DEMOLISH THE HOUSE
    FOR COMMERCIAL VALUE.

    HE PREFERS THE “MIDDLE” RANGE – TO DEMOLISH THE HOUSE BUT PRESERVING THE KITCHEN DINING AREA IN WHICH MEETINGS WERE HELD IN THE PAST BY LKY AND HIS PARTY MEMBERS.

    UNFORTUNATELY, LKY’S WISH IS THE CHOICE OF BOTH END RANGES BUT MIDDLE RANGE IS DEFINITELY OUT OF LKY’S WISH (WATCH VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW WITH LKY IN 2011 AND RE LKY’S LAST WILL).

    THE MIDDLE RANGE IS TOTALLY THE ROTTON PAP “SECRET” COMMITEE’S WISH, NOT LKY’S WISH AT ALL.

    WHAT LKY WANTED IS TO DEMOLISH HIS “WHOLE” HOUSE AND NOT DEMOLISH “PART” OF HIS WHOLE HOUSE, UNDERSTAND??

    IF BY PRESERVING PART OF LKY’S HOUSE WHICH ROTTON GOVT THINKS IT COULD “INSPIRE” OR “REMIND” CITIZENS OF LKY’S LEGACY, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY A “DELUSION”.

    A TRULY GOOD AND SINCERE GOVT WILL ALWAYS SERVE THE CITIZENS FROM WITHIN ONE’S HEART, NOT NECESSARY TO DRAW ON ANY PHYSICAL OBJECTS FOR INSPIRATION AT ALL.

    RESPOND TO SHANMUGAM
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    HE SAID HE HAS BEEN A CABINET MINISTER FOR MORE THAN 2 DECADES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT “CONFLICT OF INTEREST” IS.

    DOES HE KNOW THAT HIS BOSS LHL BEING THE LEADER OF THE COUNTRY COULD APPOINT HIS OWN WIFE HC TO BE THE CEO OF TH, I/C OF SINGAPORE’S CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC FUNDS IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, IS
    “CONFLICT OF INTEREST”??

    NEXT, WHEN LHL TOOK OFFICE AS PM, HE WAS ALSO A FINANCE MINISTER.

    AFTER I VOICED OUT, LHL THEN RELINQUISHED HIS FINANCE PORTFOLIO TO THARMAN. THARMAN THEN GOT PROMOTED FROM DY FINANCE MINISTER AND SUCCEEDED LHL AS FINANCE MINISTER.

    SUBSEQUENTLY, LHL ALSO BECAME CHAIRMAN TO GIC, ANOTHER INVESTMENT ARM.

    ALL THESE ARE.” CONFLICT OF INTERESTS”.

    WHY DIDN’T SHAMUGAM POINT OUT TO HIS BOSS LHL?

    BUT INSTEAD SHANMUGAM KNEW HOW TO POINT FINGER AT WP IN RELATION TO THE AHTC SAGA OVER THE ISSUE OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST???

    THIS SHOWS SHANMUGAM’S KNOWLEDGE OF “CONFLICT OF INTEREST” IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO OTHERS EXCEPT PAP.

    SO, ALL THESE WHILE, WAS SHAMUGAM “SLEEPING”??

    OR DID HE CHOOSE TO CLOSE ONE EYE AND PRETEND NOT TO SEE THEIR OWN FAULTS BECOS OF WHATEVER REASON ONE MIGHT KNOW??

    FROM ALL THESE ISSUES REFLECT ROTTON GOVT FAIL TO “UNDERSTAND” THEMSELVES WELL, SO DON’T EXPECT THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE CITIZENS AT ALL, INCL LKY’S WISH.

    THEY ARE JUST CRONIES!!!

  16. Maybe what she says is true but what if is not true?? Let’s us keep our fingers close and our shut and see what happens..,sometimes we just see on the surface but not bottom..,maybe dig more can see more truth..

  17. Different Master will yield different view from the employee…. thus not surprised by S words and taking who side. To a layman view simple truth is what on the will follow the instructions (by LAW). Even the government cannot over turn this will if not then what is the point to make a will.

  18. Can Shanmugam or anyone interfere any of personal conflicts without investigations the true but open his mouth & judge? That would be very clear to us what he will going to absurd as what he said.

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