Lee Hsien Yang: I don’t wish to gain financially from 38 Oxley Road house

He stated that doing so would be an affront to his father’s values, and explained why the siblings decided to make the dispute public.


SINGAPORE – In a Facebook post on July 1, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, stated that he did not wish to redevelop his father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 38 Oxley Road home into a condominium for financial gain. Prior to his statement, there had been speculation that he had plans to do so.

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Lee Hsien Yang 发布于 2017年7月1日

He mentioned in his note that developing a “luxury ‘LKY’ condominium” after its demolition would be an affront to the Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s values, and said that price he paid for the house was in hopes of ensuring that the wishes of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew would be honoured.

“Beyond zero certainty on timing and the ability to demolish, this requires both rezoning… and cooperation with the neighbours. I have no inclination to seek either of these.”

– Mr Lee Hsien Yang

Mr Lee Hsien Yang had bought over the house from PM Lee at market price in 2015.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s statement came before the Parliament debate which occurred on July 3. In Parliament, PM Lee and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean addressed the allegations of abuse of power against PM Lee and the Government.

“Our father firmly believed that demolition of his house was the right thing for Singapore. He believed Singapore needed to focus on her future and not on monuments.”

– Mr Lee Hsien Yang

Chee Hong Tat shares his thoughts on the episode

Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat shared his thoughts on the dispute in a Facebook post on July 1 as well.

Mr Chee was the late Mr Lee’s principal private secretary from 2008 to 2011, and said that he was immensely saddened to witness the dispute occurring over the past two weeks, “especially when I think of the pain it would bring to Mr and Mrs Lee”.

“The wild allegations have damaged Singapore’s reputation, something Mr Lee spent his entire life building up.”

– Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat

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Chee Hong Tat 徐芳达发布于 2017年7月1日

Mr Chee wondered if Dr Lee, whom he is also friends with, has been “misled and misunderstood” about the issue.

He also said that based on his knowledge of the late Mr Lee, he would have insisted that his will would be subject to the law similar to other Singaporeans, and that he had “no doubt Mr Lee would want his successors in the Government to continue to uphold these systems and values.”

Mr Chee added that the late Mr Lee would not have wished for his family dispute to become public and “hurt Singapore’s international standing”, or for the allegations that has been made thus far to occur as it would weaken confidence in the systems he established.

“If my former boss were still around, I think he would want everyone to put Singapore as the priority and stop all the quarrelling and finger-pointing, so that we can get back to running the country, solving the practical problems we are facing and improving the lives of our people.”

– Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat

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