In the release of of the email exchanges between Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and herself in Facebook (which’s privacy option has since been changed to ‘private’), Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, had claimed that Mr Lee’s eldest son had “no qualms (about) abusing his power to have a commemoration just one year after LKY died.”
Mr Lee’s eldest son, Lee Hsien Loong, is the current Prime Minister of Singapore.
Dr Lee further claimed in her email exchange with SPH that “if the power that be wants to establish a dynasty, LKY’s daughter will not allow LKY’s name to be sullied by a dishonorable son.”
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon has responded to Dr Lee’s accusations and have said that they are “completely untrue”.
We re-publish the Prime Minister’s statement published in his Facebook in full.
I am deeply saddened by my sister Dr Lee Wei Ling’s claim that I have abused my power to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing in order to establish a dynasty. The accusations are completely untrue.
The first anniversary of a person’s passing is a significant moment to remember him and reflect on what he meant to us. The more so with Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The Cabinet had discussed how we should mark the occasion. My advice was that we should leave it to ground-up efforts. Groups should keep their observances in proportion, and focussed on the future.
The Cabinet recognised the strong desire of many Singaporeans to show their respect for Mr Lee, and honour what he did for us. We reviewed the events and observances that different groups had planned, and agreed that they were generally appropriate. They expressed the sincerely felt sentiments of Singaporeans, which my Cabinet colleagues and I deeply appreciate.
The idea that I should wish to establish a dynasty makes even less sense. Meritocracy is a fundamental value of our society, and neither I, the PAP, nor the Singapore public would tolerate any such attempt.