S'pore PM questions how Lee Kuan Yew's will was drawn up

Elias Hubbard
June 18, 2017

"There was no duplicity by Hsien Yang and his wife, Suet Fern". "I think these colors show them unsuitable as PM and most certainly as PM's wife", she added.

Lee Kuan Yew's first will, first of six other versions, is made. The first will also contains a clause stating the late Lee's wish for the house at 38, Oxley Road to be demolished immediately after his death or as soon as his daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, had moved out. "Lee Kuan Yew's thinking and wishes were in relation to the House", he concluded.

Mr Teo's statement comes after Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling made multiple statements criticising their brother, PM Lee over the formation of a "secret committee" to look into options for the house.

The prime minister then identified Stamford partner Joo Khin Ng as the lawyer to whom Suet Fern designated the work on the will, as she didn't want to get personally involved.

In his post Saturday, Lee Hsien Yang said two lawyers from his wife's law firm - Bernard Lui and Elizabeth Kong - were called to witness the signing of the will as Kwa was not contactable.

Just yesterday, Mr Lee Hsien Yang who is also the brother of PM Lee, highlighted that he and his sister were not given the list of the committee that was formed to deliberate on the government's decision in regards to the property at 38 Oxley Road when asked.

"Lee Hsien Loong I don't think will be challenged politically, his position is quite secure", Michael Barr, associate professor of global relations at Flinders University in Adelaide, told AFP.

In response, Mr Teo pointed out that the Government has the responsibility to consider the public interest aspects of any property with heritage and historical significance, and this applies to 38 Oxley Road.

The Lee patriarch, who died two years ago, warned against building a personality cult around his legacy and feared his old bungalow would be turned into a museum if it was not demolished.

"We feel hugely uncomfortable and closely monitored in our own country", they said.

The deputy premier said one option the committee was studying was to demolish the house but to also preserve the dining room in the basement where key PAP meetings were held.

"Not good for Singapore's reputation to air these personal family affairs publicly", Facebook user Selene Zhuo commented on one post from the prime minister.

"I continue to have grave concerns about the events surrounding the making of the Last Will", Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post on Thursday night. Singapore, Lee Hsien Yang, chairman of Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority and former chief executive of Singtel telecoms group, briefly elaborated on the siblings' claims of feeling threatened and targeted by "organs of the state". Emeritus Senior Minister and former premier Goh Chok Tong waded into the fray on Friday night, characterizing the saga as "a family's petty disputes".

The last will, he said, was simply a reversion to the first will, and this was done on the "express instruction" of his father.

The prime minister on Wednesday denied the allegations and said he was disappointed that his siblings have chosen to publicize private family matters.

The political opposition has seized on the dust-up.

He further added, "I was already a Cabinet Minister when I spoke with some members of the Lee family - at their behest - and gave them my views".

Ordinary citizens have been equally repulsed and riveted by the squabble, which has been punctuated by multiple daily Facebook posts by the siblings, and return volleys from the government.

Lee, the former chief executive of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, who is now the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said that he is still in Singapore as he needs "time to sort out my affairs".

Independent analysts also acknowledged the spiraling spat's political risk to Lee's government. "As this impacts the ruling discourse, it does have potential strong impact if managed poorly".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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