An interesting aspect of this entire Lee saga has been the responses by the thid-generation Lees.
The first Lee/ Li to comment on it was Lee Hsien Yang’s son, Li Shengwu.
Here was his statement.
“I generally avoid commenting on Singapore politics, but this is an exception.
In the last few years, my immediate family has become increasingly worried about the lack of checks on abuse of power. The situation is now such that my parents have made plans to relocate to another country, a painful decision that they have not made lightly. The details are below.”
He also gave this rather cryptic comment.
Shengwu has also been prompt in sharing both his father and aunt’s Facebook posts addressing the saga.
Lee Hsieng Loong’s son, Li Hongyi has also commented on the issue, but in a noticeably stripped down manner.
“For what it is worth, I really have no interest in politics”
This was in response to Lee Wei Ling/ Lee Hsien Yang’s first statement, which mentioned this line about Lee Hsien Loong:
“We have observed that Hsien Loong and Ho Ching want to milk Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy for their own political purposes. We also believe, based on our interactions, that they harbour political ambitions for their son, Li Hongyi.”
Now, Shengwu has responded once again, this time, because he had not made it clear whether or not he might ever enter politics in Singapore in the future:
Twelve hours ago I gave the following statement to AFP: “Not only do I intend never to go into politics, I believe that it would be bad for Singapore if any third-generation Lee went into politics. The country must be bigger than one family.”
Today we are going to learn a lot about the country of my birth. We are going to learn whether (as I hope) the ruling party is still full of men and women of quality and strong character, or whether “it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
The quote on salary above comes from Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, Upton Sinclair. But more importantly:
“I believe that it would be bad for Singapore
if any third-generation Lee went into politics.”