Singapore PM apologises for family feud's effect on country's reputation

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

They will ask, among other things, whether the Government will agree to set up a bi-partisan Special Select Committee of Parliament that would examine the allegations against PM Lee, and allow his accusers - Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang - to present their evidence to Parliament. As much as I would like to move on and end an unhappy experience for Singaporeans, these baseless accusations against the government can not be left unanswered.

The allegations by his two siblings, PM Lee stressed, go beyond private and personal matters, and extend to the conduct of his office and the integrity of the government. "I tried to deal with the unhappiness privately", Lee said, including offering to sell the house to his sister for $1.

Local media, mainstream media and alternative news have been covering the happenings of the saga along with worldwide news in the loop, with juicy interview bits from Lee Hsien Yang about how he feels threatened by his brother and the government and considering leaving the country for his family's safety.

In a rare move, PM Lee, who is also the secretary-general of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), has instructed that the PAP party whip be lifted that day. "And as the eldest of the siblings, it grieves me to think of the anguish that this would have caused our parents if they were still alive". He called for open discussion among parliament members to "strengthen confidence in our institutions and our system of government".

They know that I would personally not support the options at either end of the range: "At one end, preserving the house as it is for visitors to enter and see would be totally against the wishes of Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew; and at the other, demolishing the house and putting the property on the market for new private residences".

The Prime Minister forcefully denied that charge in his statement.

These include looking into the historical and heritage significance of the house, as well as to consider Mr Lee Kuan Yew's thinking and wishes in relation to it. Unfortunately that offer failed. He added that there should be no reason for any further quarrel since he no longer owned the house and does "not take part in any Government decisions on the house". "However, my siblings have chose to go out and make serious allegations, publicly", Lee said.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who turned Singapore from a backwater at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula into a financial and technology powerhouse, often sued critics for suggesting nepotism in his government.

Their father Lee Kuan Yew was prime minister from 1959 to 1990, turning Singapore into Southeast Asia's richest nation by opening the island to foreign investors.

The story Siblings of Singapore PM Lee say they fear for their safety first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.



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