PM Lee’s son, Li Hong Yi, dispels rumours that he has political ambitions

Run a country? No thanks.


SINGAPORE – In a Facebook post published today (June 15), Prime Minister’s son Li Hongyi said he is not interested in politics. This comes after his aunt and uncle, Lee Wei Ying (LWY) and Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) had accused his parents for “harbouring political ambitions for their son.”

Hongyi wrote, “For what it is worth, I really have no interest in politics.”

For what it is worth, I really have no interest in politics

Hongyi Li 发布于 2017年6月15日

In a statement published by LWL and LHY on Wednesday (Jun 14), they wrote:

“We have observed that Hsien Loong and Ho Ching want to milk Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy for their own political purposes. We also believe, based on our interactions, that they harbour political ambitions for their son, Li Hongyi.”


Hong Yi, 30, is the deputy director of the Government Digital Services Data Science Division of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore.

When Hsien Loong was interviewed in Nov 2014 by Chinese media on whether he would “encourage or lead them” into entering politics, he said, “I think they have to find their own path in life… They have to choose, because a child’s personality and aptitude have to be taken into consideration… they all have different natures, some may be more inclined towards the arts, some may be more interested in computers or science, this will have to be developed according to their interests.”

Hsien Loong has also said previously that his sons are not interested in entering politics.

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