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Workers’ Party to ask hard questions of PM Lee and his Cabinet regarding the Oxley-squabble

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The Workers’ Party said in a statement released earlier today that it believes the crux of the family issues surrounding 38 Oxley Road is for the family to resolve privately or in Court, and that they are are only concerned with the allegations of abuse of power and the harm these have caused to confidence in Singapore and our political institutions.

The WP was responding to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s post yesterday that he would address the accusations levelled by his siblings in parliament on 3rd July. WP MPs have filed the following parliamentary questions to help clear the air on the allegations.

Pritam Singh: To ask the Prime Minister whether the Government would consent to a resolution to convene a Special Select Committee of Parliament, comprising Members from all parties, with public hearings that are broadcast live to look into allegations of abuse of power by the Prime Minister made by members of his family so as to allow his accusers to present all the relevant evidence to Parliament

Sylvia Lim: To ask the Prime Minister (a) what rules are in place to ensure that Ministers and senior public office-holders with personal or pecuniary interests in the subject-matter of government decisions do not influence or participate in the related deliberations and decision-making, and how are the rules enforced; (b) as regards government opinions or decisions relating to the estate and assets of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, what conflicts or potential conflicts of interest did the government identify to exist from among the members of the Cabinet and with regard to the Attorney-General; (c) how these conflicts or potential conflicts of interest were or are being managed

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PNG ENG HUAT: To ask the Prime Minister, (a) what clear rules and directives are in place to prevent family members of ministers and other political appointees from abusing their positions to access, influence and direct senior civil servants on matters beyond their professional course of work; (b) how often are these instructions communicated to the civil service and family members, and in what form; (c) what are the legal recourse to take in cases when proven abuse of power were found

Chen Show Mao: To ask the Prime Minister what mechanisms are in place to prevent, limit, detect, and address situations where ministers or other political appointees use state organs to obtain information not related to the performance of their duties, advance personal interests or punish detractors, critics, or political opponents

Chen Show Mao: To ask the Prime Minister when should a minister or political appointee go to court to defend his or her reputation and when should he or she refrain from private litigation and seek instead to address such allegations publicly, such as in Parliament

Leon Perera: To ask the Prime Minister (a) under what circumstances Ministerial committees whose existence is not made public are convened to address issues; (b) how many of such committees exist and can their terms of reference and composition be publicly announced unless forbidden by national security concerns: (c) in the case of the Ministerial committee reviewing the fate of No 38 Oxley Road, will independent heritage experts and processes for public opinion sensing be engaged by the committee

Daniel Goh 吴佩松: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) whether Deeds of Gifts executed with the National Heritage Board may be shared with third persons, and if so, under what circumstances they may be shared, (b) whether the Deed of Gift of items from 38 Oxley Road was protected by a confidentiality clause, and if so, why did the Board release the Deed to the Prime MinisterFollow us on Social Media

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