PM’s Statement Brings Up Serious Questions on Will!
“It is with a heavy heart that I will leave Singapore in the foreseeable future.” This note is from the statement released by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, but by bringing matters of the heart into the public domain they laid bare their intent which may not necessarily mean bringing down late Lee Kuan Yew’s Oxley Road house in line with his will in probate.
With legalese and venom against their elder brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the statement does not leave me convinced that what they want is nothing other than honouring of their late father’s wish.
In contrast, PM Lee’s first statement in Facebook appeared to have come from the heart, an expression of disappointment at the decision of his siblings to go public with what was essentially a family dispute. He followed it up with a detailed rebuttal, through a statutory declaration issued through his lawyers.
Bringing Disrepute to First Family
A naïve question from the brother-sister combine is why PM Lee did not take the issue to court. It beats me how it did not occur to people of their stature that it was simply to stay clear of anything that could bring disrepute to the family.
PM Lee has raised doubts about how the demolition clause that was not in wills 5 and 6 made it to will number 7, the final one. He also brought up a conflict of interest since the final will appeared to have been prepared or supervised by Lee Hsien Yang’s wife, Lee Suet Fern. So, the matter may end up with a legal resolution.
Criticism from China: “Lackeys of America”
By making the family feud public, the siblings have brought international embarrassment for Singapore. Even China and its netizens have heavily criticised Singapore with comments such as: “Lee Hsien Loong did not go against the wishes of Lee Kuan Yew because both father and son chose to be lackeys of America”.
The siblings are to be blamed for not only causing harm to the legacy of late Lee Kuan Yew but also to Singapore’s reputation.
There is no question that the house must go if it is established the will was valid and reflected the late leader’s final wish.
If, however, it emerges that the father of the nation was only tentative about having the house demolished and if the issues the Prime Minister has raised are confirmed in a court of law, then the Lee Hsien Yang family may not be able to leave Singapore as they now wish.
If that happens, it will prevent heritage getting reduced to rubble.
G Joslin Vethakumar