Lee Wei Ling 'now extremely unwell', Lee Hsien Yang reveals, says he might not return to S'pore

Lee Wei Ling revealed in August 2020 that she was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder.

Zhangxin Zheng | March 08, 2023, 08:50 AM

Lee Hsien Yang described his elder sister Lee Wei Ling to be "extremely unwell" in his latest Facebook post on March 7.

The 65-year-old, who is the youngest child of Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, made the revelation about his elder sister, who went public in August 2020 that she was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder.

Brief update about Lee Wei Ling, reiterated he has been "persecuted"

The younger brother of Singapore's current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 71, wrote that he brought his sister, 68, to Machu Picchu in 2020, a place she "had always wanted to visit".

Lee Hsien Yang also added that he is "unlikely ever to be able to see my sister face to face again", and it pains him "beyond words", as he reiterated his previous allegations that he has been "persecuted" by the Singapore authorities in the case of his father's will.

"I am heart-broken that I have been made a fugitive by my own country, for standing up for a promise to my father, Lee Kuan Yew," he wrote.

He also made allegations that he and his family have been subjected to "a campaign of harassment and surveillance, as well as smear campaigns".

"We have lost our lives in Singapore, our home, our friends, our wider families and our society," he concluded.

Ongoing investigation

On Mar. 2, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean responded to a parliamentary question filed by Member of Parliament Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim on whether the e-book, "The Battle Over Lee Kuan Yew’s Last Will", accurately represented the circumstances surrounding the signing of Lee Kuan Yew's will.

Teo, who is the chair of the Ministerial Committee on 38 Oxley Road, said Lee Hsien Yang and his wife, Lee Suet Fern, were found to have lied under oath and misled Lee Kuan Yew in the context of the last will's execution.

The couple is being investigated by the Singapore police for potential offences of giving false evidence in judicial proceedings over Lee Kuan Yew's will.

The couple initially agreed to attend the interview, it was revealed, but had a change of heart and refused to attend, which Teo said was "disappointing".

Teo added that the police had advised them to reconsider participating in investigations, but they have since left Singapore and remain out of the country.

"They should participate, take the full opportunity to give their side of the story and clear their names," Teo said.

Interview with Bloomberg about running for S'pore's president

On Mar. 3, Bloomberg reported that Lee Hsien Yang would consider running for the position of Singapore's president.

The report also shared that he is in Europe now.

This is not the first time Lee Hsien Yang has considered running for public office.

In 2020, he joined opposition Progress Singapore Party (PSP) and gave the impression that he might contest at Tanjong Pagar GRC. Tanjong Pagar GRC was the constituency that the late Lee Kuan Yew represented.

Lee Hsien Yang then explained that he chose not to stand for political office "because I believe Singapore does not need another Lee".

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Top photo: Left photo by Lim Wei Xiang; Right photo via screenshot of video from 154thmedia/YouTube.