Lee Hsien Yang reminds us: PM Lee’s personal lawyer Lucien Wong is now Attorney-General

This drama is not going to end anytime soon.

By Chan Cheow Pong | June 17, 2017

Lee Hsien Yang (LHY), one of the key players in the ongoing Lee family spat, is showing no signs of letting up his attacks against his brother PM Lee Hsien Loong (LHL).

As evidenced by him taking his thoughts to Facebook once again, early on Saturday morning.

This is his latest post at 7.31am on June 17:

He compared two sections of what PM Lee had said in Parliament in April 2015, and what was communicated to him and his sister Lee Wei Ling (LWL) through PM Lee’s personal lawyer Lucien Wong (pictured above) in September 2015.

And he concludes with this antagonistic line:

“LHL again misrepresents his father’s wishes.”

Oh, and he also reminds us in this post that LHL’s then personal lawyer Lucien Wong is now the Attorney-General.

Who is Lucien Wong?

From the Attorney-General’s Chambers website:

Mr Lucien Wong was appointed as the 9th Attorney-General of Singapore on 14 January 2017. Mr Wong graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Singapore in 1978 and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1979.

He started legal practice as a legal assistant at Drew & Napier in the following year and rose to become a partner of the firm in 1982. From 1987 to 1998, Mr Wong was a partner at Allen & Gledhill. He was managing partner of the firm from 1998 to 2012, when he became chairman and senior partner.

Mr Wong has more than 30 years of experience in legal practice, specialising in banking, corporate and financial services work. He has sat on several law review committees that reviewed amendments to Singapore Company and Securities Law.

He was appointed Deputy Attorney-General and Senior Counsel on 19 December 2016 and assumed office as the Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore on 14 January 2017.

Mentioned in the joint public statement by LHY and LWL

Lucien Wong was first mentioned in the joint public statement published by LHY and LWL on June 14.

The statement had said:

We executed a Deed of Gift in 2015 with the National Heritage Board for the donation and public exhibition of significant items from our parents’ home, with a stipulation that Lee Kuan Yew’s wish for the demolition of 38 Oxley Road be displayed prominently at the exhibition.

However, after the gift’s acceptance we soon received letters with spurious objections from Hsien Loong’s then personal lawyer, Lucien Wong. Lucien Wong was made Singapore’s Attorney-General in January 2017. We were shocked to see that Hsien Loong had used his position as Prime Minister to obtain a copy of the Deed of Gift from Minister Lawrence Wong, which Hsien Loong then passed to his personal lawyer to advance his personal agenda.

The exhibition only proceeded months later in a diminished format after considerable struggle on our part. In 2015, various letters were sent by Hsien Loong’s then personal lawyer making accusations and misrepresentations on his behalf regarding the circumstances under which Lee Kuan Yew’s last will was executed and the inclusion of the demolition wish. These were refuted in detail by us through our lawyers.

It is not entirely clear why LHY wants to single out Lucien Wong’s role in this dispute, but it is certainly piquing everyone’s curiosity how this will continue to develop.

Top photos adapted via AGC’s website, file

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About Chan Cheow Pong

It took Cheow Pong two decades to recover from the trauma of memorising General Paper essays before he was ready to be an English writer. In between affliction and recovery, he thoroughly enjoyed his time writing in Chinese and doing Chinese translations.

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