Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother has upped the ante in the dispute centered around the house of their father, Lee Kuan Yew. In a scathing statement released yesterday, the siblings of PM Lee said that they had no confidence in him.
The siblings, Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, spilling the beans of their discontent over his rule and said that they are “disturbed by the character, conduct, motives and leadership of their brother.”
PM Lee responded to their allegations saying their statement has hurt their father’s legacy. He said his family denied the allegations.
The Prime Minister’s Office has since released a note by the Cabinet Secretary saying a Ministerial Committee had been set up to consider the options for Mr Lee’s house and that the PM had recused himself from all Government decisions concerning the House.
The Cabinet Secretary added that PM Lee had provided the Ministerial Committee a statutory declaration on the last Will of his father. The PM’s siblings had not provided such a sworn statement yet, he added.
Earlier this evening Hsien Yang released another statement in his Facebook blasting the Ministerial Committee as a “secret” one, and that PM Lee had provided his statutory declaration to “his committee”.
He suggested that PM Lee is two-faced – that he provided one set of answers regarding his father’s Will in public, and another when he addressed the Ministerial Committee.
“When was he lying?” the younger Lee asked.
He insisted that the Will is final and binding and added, “we have no confidence in Lee Hsien Loong or his secret committee.”
In speaking to Reuters after releasing his statement on Facebook, Hsien Yang said that he was afraid that the authorities may stop him from leaving the country or take other action against him.
“Lots of things can happen to me. They have stopped people from leaving the country. I suppose if they do, they would have to explain at least. I don’t think there are any grounds to.” – Lee Hsien Yang
Hsien Yang’s older sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, had suggested in another Facebook message that Hsien Yang had been bullied.
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“(As) Hsien Yang got most of the bullying, he could not help but allow his emotion to be expressed in the press statement.” – Dr Lee Wei Ling