Singapore (Mckoy’s News) – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Publicly Denounced: Singaporean leader Lee Hsien Loong’s siblings have launched a stunning public broadside against their elder brother, accusing him of misusing his power and influence over government to drive a personal agenda.
At the heart of Lee’s brother and sister’s extraordinary public statement, released Wednesday, is the issue of the disposal of their late father Lee Kuan Yew’s home in central Singapore.
In the statement, Lee’s sister, Lee Wei Ling, and his brother, Lee Hsien Yang, claim the prime minister “deliberately misrepresented” his father’s wishes for his home to be demolished in order to gain political mileage.
They claim the prime minister and his wife oppose the demolition because preserving the home would enhance his political capital.
Lee Kuan Yew, who is credited with turning Singapore from a resource-poor colonial trading post into one of the world’s most successful economies, died in 2015. He served as the country’s leader from 1959 to 1990.
Wei Ling and Hsien Yang also took aim at Lee’s wife, Ho Ching, accusing her of having “pervasive influence” despite holding no elected or official position in government, adding they suspect the couple of milking Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy and harboring political ambitions for their son, Li Hongyi.
Lee Hsien Loong is currently overseas on holiday with his family. He posted a short statement on his Facebook account, saying he was “disappointed” his siblings had chosen to attack him publicly.
“I am very disappointed that my siblings have chosen to issue a statement publicizing private family matters. I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate allegations that they have made.”
“Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, especially the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son.”
His response says the statement from his younger brother and sister “has hurt our father’s legacy,” and that he would “continue serving Singaporeans honestly” to the best of his ability.
The prime minister said he would address the issue more fully on his return.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Publicly Denounced
PRIME MINISTER’S RESPONSE
I am very disappointed that my siblings have chosen to issue a statement publicising private family matters. I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate allegations that they have made. Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, especially the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son.
While siblings may have differences, I believe that any such differences should stay in the family. Since my father’s passing in March 2015, as the eldest son I have tried my best to resolve the issues among us within the family, out of respect for our parents.
My siblings’ statement has hurt our father’s legacy.
I will do my utmost to continue to do right by my parents. At the same time, I will continue serving Singaporeans honestly and to the best of my ability. In particular that means upholding meritocracy, which is a fundamental value of our society.
As my siblings know, I am presently overseas on leave with my family. I will consider this matter further after I return this weekend. – LHL
Contributed by Dr Colin O Jarrett