Candidate for the 2011 Presidential Election, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, has slammed the Prime Minister’s statement that he intends to clear the accusations levelled at him by his siblings in Parliament on 3rd July. Dr Tan pointed out that the matter should be settled in Court because, except for PM Lee, no other Member of Parliament may have all the details of the case.
Parliament is not the right place to settle family disputes.It is an institution to make laws and debate national…
Dr Tan is the second Presidential candidate from the 2011 election to slam PM Lee’s choice to refute his siblings’ allegations about him in Parliament. Mr Tan Jee Say too had earlier suggested that Parliament is the wrong forum to address the allegations.
Dr Tan may have a vested interest in calling for the accusations against PM Lee to be addressed in Court. He is challenging the Attorney-General’s interpretation that Wee Kim Wee (not Ong Teng Cheong) should be counted as the first Elected President of Singapore, in Court. The Government accepted the A-G’s interpretation in making the 2017 Presidential Election a reserved one.
“We have taken the Attorney-General’s advice. We will start counting from the first President who exercised the powers of the Elected President, in other words, Dr Wee Kim Wee.” – PM Lee Hsien Loong
PM Lee’s siblings had alleged in their joint-statement that since the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, they had felt threatened by their elder brother’s “misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government to drive his personal agenda.” They expressed being “concerned that the system has few checks and balances to prevent the abuse of government.”
Their joint-statement also noted that PM Lee’s personal lawyer, Mr Lucien Wong, is now the Attorney-General (A-G), insinuating that PM Lee supported the appointment of Mr Wong for less-than-meritocratic reasons.
Notably, the Chairman of the Workers’ Party clashed with the Government about Mr Wong’s appointment as the A-G in January. Mr Wong is also the first ever A-G to have no experience on the Bench, and to have never acted for the State in legal matters. He was a corporate lawyer.
PM Lee’s siblings further said in their joint statement:
“In 2015, various letters were sent by Hsien Loong’s then personal lawyer making accusations and misrepresentations on his behalf regarding the circumstances under which Lee Kuan Yew’s last will was executed and the inclusion of the demolition wish. These were refuted in detail by us through our lawyers. Hsien Loong knew that he could not establish his accusations in a court of law and raised no legal challenge.”