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.
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.
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.
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”.
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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.