Singaporeans woke up on June 14 and found themselves gripped by the rapidly-unfolding family drama of the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s family.
A coordinated release of a public statement by Lee Kuan Yew’s two children Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) and Lee Wei Ling early Wednesday morning is now well-circulated on social media, with LHY sharing his post in the wee hours of the morning:
You can read the statement and summary here:
The six-page document, uploaded to Google Drive, listed in detail the siblings’ deep grievances and serious accusations against their elder brother PM Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, the chief executive officer of Temasek Holdings.
Their main source of discontent was how PM Lee handled the issue of whether to demolish 38 Oxley Road, the home of their late father according to his wishes.
In their statement, the two younger Lees declared PM Lee to have a “personal agenda”, adding that he “is driven by a desire for power and personal popularity”. They also say they “have observed that Hsien Loong and Ho Ching want to milk Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy for their own political purposes”.
They also believe, based on their “interactions”, that PM Lee and Ho Ching harbour political ambitions for their son, Li Hongyi.
Li is the second son of PM Lee and Ho Ching.
The Lee siblings said:
“We are disturbed by the character, conduct, motives and leadership of our brother….
We do not trust Hsien Loong and have lost confidence in him.
We are concerned that the system has few checks and balances to prevent the abuse of government.”
PM Lee has yet to respond publicly to the statement made by his siblings, but it looks like he will not be seeing his brother any time soon as LHY also took the opportunity to announce that he is making plans to leave his country.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I will leave Singapore for the foreseeable future. This is the country that my father, Lee Kuan Yew, loved and built. It has been home for my entire life. Singapore is and remains my country. I have no desire to leave. Hsien Loong is the only reason for my departure.”
We’ll admit, we’re not sure what to make of this. But if it’s important enough for the third Lee sibling to join Facebook, it’s definitely important enough for us.
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