Lee Hsien Yang, formerly the chief executive officer of major telecommunications company Singtel, has said that he feels threatened by his brother's government, indicating in an interview with Reuters that he has concerns about the monitoring of his phone calls and messages.
I think for most Singaporeans, the takeaway from this episode (and I am sure it is not the last) in the Lee family drama should be that one family is too enmeshed in our national fabric. He tries to make it more hard to track his communications, using an internatioonal phone number and the WhatsApp messaging service.
"Lee Kuan Yew's final will was simply Lee Kuan Yew's first will of 20 August 2011 re-executed on his instructions", he declared.
Lee Hsien Loong's published summary and subsequent posts by Lee Wei Ling have provided a rare glimpse into the quarrels of Singapore's most powerful family, revealing unhappiness over the drafting and handling of the late statesman's wills, including the last will with the clause asking for the demolition of the house at 38 Oxley Road. He was the first Prime Minister of Singapore and ruled the country for three decades. He questioned whether Lee Kuan Yew knew the clause had been re-inserted, saying there was no evidence that he did.
The prime minister then identified Stamford partner Joo Khin Ng as the lawyer to whom Suet Fern designated the work on the will, as she didn't want to get personally involved. "Are our ministers now secret justices paid millions to resolve personal family disputes?"
The fact that Lee Hsien Yang has announced that pressure from his brother is such that he is now seeking to leave the country is a matter of genuine interest to all Singaporeans.
Contested fate: Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road residence in Singapore on June 14, 2017.
The war of words has mostly unfolded on Facebook, with allegations of cheating, lying and dynasty-building that escalated Friday with claims that Lee's will had been altered without his knowledge 15 months before he died.
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The house on 38 Oxley Road is steeped in historical significance for Singapore.
He also questioned why PM Lee's public statement to Parliament contradicted the statutory declaration he made to the ministerial committee, and whether PM Lee believed that Mr Lee Kuan Yew was "unwavering in his wish that the house be demolished".
Laws such as the Preservation of Monuments Act also allows the government to identify sites worthy of heritage protection.
In this previous statement, he said the dispute ought not to be something that tears the Lee family apart.
"In the last few years, my immediate family has become increasingly anxious about the lack of checks on abuse of power", wrote Lee Hsien Yang's son Li Shengwu on Wednesday, linking to his father and aunt's public statement. Wei Ling, a former director of the National Neuroscience Institute, posted her email exchange with Suet Fern to prove that her older brother's "allegations are false". She cited, in particular, accusations Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee made about PM Lee allegedly abusing his position.
The political opposition has seized on the dust-up.
The siblings, Lee Hsien Yang and his sister Dr.
Many were also concerned about the worldwide attention the spat has garnered.
The two younger siblings on Wednesday had accused their prime minister brother of privately working against their father's will to "enhance his political capital".