PM Lee cries during closing Parliament speech on July 4, 2017

He managed to compose himself.

By Belmont Lay | July 4, 2017

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong became visibly emotional during his closing speech in Parliament on July 4, 2017.

The moment came towards the end of the final statement in the two-day Parliament hearing.

This was after members of parliament were given the chance to grill the prime minister regarding allegations raised by his two siblings over the 38 Oxley Road house. His statement is a round-up to address any outstanding queries.

PM Lee could be seen visibly holding back his emotions as he recounted the early years in Singapore and his father’s role as prime minister then.

PM Lee said he was instructed then by his father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, to take care of the family in case anything happened to him during a tumultuous period in Singapore’s early history.

PM Lee said after taking multiple pauses in his speech: “After so many years, I’d be unable to fulfil the role which my father hoped I would.”

Here is the video:

This was what PM Lee said:

For me, the most difficult and emotional moment in that whole week came when I was reading the eulogy at the state funeral service.

When I recounted how when I was about 13, my father had told me: “If anything happens to me, please take care of your mother, and your younger sister and brother.”

Singapore was then part of Malaysia. We were in a fierce fight with the Central Government and the communalists.

My father did not tell me, but he knew his life was in danger.

Fortunately, nothing happened to my father then. He brought up the family. And I thought we had a happy family and he lived a long and full life.

Little did I expect that after my parents died, these tensions would erupt, with such grievous consequences. After so many years, I’d be unable to fulfil the role which my father hoped I would.

So, I hope one day, these passions will subside, and we can begin to reconcile.

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