Lee Kuan Yew’s younger son has again taken to Facebook to say that “Lee Hsien Loong is now getting his ministers to repeat his insinuations that Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will.”
He added that PM Lee’s Ministers are arguing that Lee Kuan Yew, a Cambridge-educated lawyer and sitting MP, signed his own will without knowing what was in it.
Mr Lee took offence that they are claiming that he initialed beneath the demolition clause, without understanding what it meant in plain English.
“This is an insult to a great man,” Mr Lee said.
Mr Lee’s comments came after Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah said in a Facebook post that under Singapore’s law, the lawyer drafting a will is required to be independent. If the lawyer has an interest in the will, the lawyer must make sure the person making the will gets independent advice, she said.
In her post, Ms Rajah also pointed to a Facebook post by Mr Lee on June 17 which claimed his father gave “express instructions” that his final will made in 2013 will be a reversion to his first one of 2011.
“On the basis of this instruction, we took what we understood to be the final version of the 2011 will, without realising that a gift over clause had been in the executed version of the 2011 will,” Mr Lee said.
Ms Rajah pointed out that Mr Lee has not specified who “we” referred to in his post and said, “if the lawyer referred to in ‘we’ is Mrs Lee Suet Fern (Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s wife), then certain questions will arise.”
Mr Lee asserted in his latest Facebook post that the 2013 will was no more than a reversion to the 2011 will on Lee Kuan Yew’s instructions.
“Probate has been granted on Lee Kuan Yew’s will, so it is final and legally binding,” he said.
He added that the proper place for his brother to challenge his father’s will was in court.