Home News Featured News Li gets sympathetic response online, many blame uncle PM Lee for family...

Li gets sympathetic response online, many blame uncle PM Lee for family feud

US-based academic's post shared in Singapore by his father Lee Hsien Yang




- Advertisement -

Singapore — There has been much sympathy from people responding to a Facebook post on Wednesday (July 29) by the Prime Minister’s nephew, Li Shengwu, after he was convicted on a charge of contempt of court.

High Court Judge Kannan Ramesh fined Li S$15,000 or, in default, a week in jail, for comments he made in a post to friends in 2017. The post, which included a link to a New York Times editorial titled Censored In Singapore, had the words: “Keep in mind, of course, that the Singapore government is very litigious and has a pliant court system.”

Li, 35, is in the United States, where he is an associate professor at Harvard University. His post on Wednesday (July 29) was shared in Singapore by his father Lee Hsien Yang.

In his post, Li said: “I disagree with the judgement, and worry that it will reinforce the PAP’s tendency to suppress ordinary political speech.”

- Advertisement -

Li also referred to a gift — a book of memoirs — he received from his grandfather, the founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, in 2000. “As I was arranging my bookshelf the other day, I came across a gift from my childhood. (photo attached) Those were better times, before my uncle bullied his siblings and tore the family apart,” he said.

On Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s Facebook page, people online flooded the comments section to apportion blame for the very public family feud.

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Journalist asks Lim Tean if he’ll denounce the racism on Abolish CECA Petition FB page

Singapore—Journalist Kirsten Han asked lawyer and opposition leader Lim Tean on Thursday (Feb 18) on social media whether he will denounce the “blatant racism” on the Abolish CECA Petition Facebook page. Mr Lim, the People's Voice party founder and leader, is named...

Woman prevents passerby from calling ambulance after her husband hits motorcyclist and pillion rider

A video of a woman trying to stop a passer-by from calling an ambulance, after her husband was the one who hit a motorcyclist and his pillion, went viral. The video was circulated online on Wednesday (Feb 17) and published on Facebook...

Woman alleges MP asked her to move out when she complained her neighbour was harassing her

A woman took to social media alleging that the Member of Parliament (MP) of her area asked her to move out of her house after she complained about a neighbour harassing her. Aisha Malik Farhaan wrote on the popular Facebook page Complaint...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg