SINGAPORE – In his first response to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s latest statement on the Oxley Road dispute, Mr Lee Hsien Yang chose to focus on the question of whether their late father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, had been unwavering in his wish to demolish the house.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday (June 20) morning, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who is PM Lee’s younger brother, said: “We asked a simple question, that he (PM Lee) has refused to answer for a week: Was our father, Lee Kuan Yew, unwavering in his demolition wish?
“Yes or no?”
Mr Lee Hsien Yang also took issue with PM Lee’s assertion that he and sister Dr Lee Wee Ling were not happy that PM Lee had been left the 38 Oxley Road property, as part of his equal share of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s estate.
“Wei Ling and I never had any objection to LHL receiving an equal share of the estate. We object to LHL’s flip-flopping about Lee Kuan Yew’s demolition wish,” he added in the Facebook post.
Mr Lee Hsien Yang did not immediately address other points that PM Lee made in a statement that he issued on Monday, his first day back at work from a vacation.
In that statement and an accompanying video, PM Lee apologised to Singapore for the harm caused by the protracted and publicly-aired dispute with his siblings.
He also said that he will make a ministerial statement to refute the “baseless accusations” his siblings made last week against the Government, when Parliament sits on July 3.
PM Lee said the “serious allegations”, first aired in a six-page statement by his siblings last week, went beyond private and personal matters, extending to the conduct of his office and the integrity of the Government.
“Much as I would like to move on, and end a most unhappy experience for Singaporeans, these baseless accusations against the Government cannot be left unanswered. They must be and will be dealt with openly and refuted,” he said.
In his statement, PM Lee also revealed he had “done everything possible to avoid this state of affairs” and had tried to deal with his siblings’ unhappiness privately.
Having failed with an offer to transfer the house to Dr Lee Wei Ling for a nominal $1, PM Lee then sold his house to Mr Lee Hsien Yang at a “fair market valuation” and donated the proceeds to charity.
He added: “I had hoped that this would satisfy them. There should be no reason for any further quarrel, since I no longer own the house and I do not take part in any Government decisions on the house.”
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