The head of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Madam Ho Ching, yesterday posted a picture of a monkey with an extended middle finger. She posted the picture at about the same time her sister-in-law, Dr Lee Wei Ling, released the email exchanges between herself and a newspaper which said that her brother was abusing his power to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his father’s passing in order to establish a dynasty.
Her brother, PM Lee has since clarified that Dr Lee’s accusations of him are “completely untrue”.
The picture of the monkey Madam Ho Ching shared was first posted in the twitter handle of the People’s Daily.
Several Facebook users who commented on Madam Ho Ching’s post of the monkey asked if the message was directed at her sister-in-law, Dr Lee.
Madam Ho Ching has now clarified that she posted the picture of the monkey accidentally. Describing herself as a ‘twitter newbie”, she said that she only now discovered that “Twitter reposts pictures without captions, and unfortunately one of the pictures could be misunderstood on its own.” She apologised for posting the picture.
Madam Ho Ching said that she took down the picture as soon as a friend alerted her to it.
In her post, the wife of PM Lee also seemed to extend an olive branch to her sister-in-law when she said that she understands “those who prefer a more stoic approach”, to commemorate her father-in-law’s death.
Dr Lee had spoken up strongly against State-sanctioned commemoration of her father, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, so soon after his death.