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Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by whitecorp » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:51 pm

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO LEE KUAN YEW’S VALUES?

We feel extremely sad that we are pushed to this position. We are disturbed by the character, conduct, motives and leadership of our brother, Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s current prime minister and the role of his wife, Ho Ching. We have seen a completely different face to our brother, one that deeply troubles us. Since the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, on 23 March 2015, we have felt threatened by Hsien Loong’s misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government and its agencies to drive his personal agenda. We are concerned that the system has few checks and balances to prevent the abuse of government.

We feel big brother omnipresent. We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern. The situation is such that Hsien Yang feels compelled to leave Singapore:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I will leave Singapore for the foreseeable future. This is the country that my father, Lee Kuan Yew, loved and built. It has been home for my entire life. Singapore is and remains my country. I have no desire to leave. Hsien Loong is the only reason for my departure.”

If Hsien Loong is prepared to act thus against us, his younger sister and brother, both contributing members of Singapore’s establishment, to advance his personal agenda, we worry for Singapore. We question whether able leaders with independent political legitimacy will be side-lined to ensure Hsien Loong’s grip on power remains unchallenged.

This is by no means a criticism of the Government of Singapore. We see many upright leaders of quality and integrity throughout the public service, but they are constrained by Hsien Loong’s misuse of power at the very top. We do not trust Hsien Loong and have lost confidence in him.

Since Lee Kuan Yew’s death, there have been changes in Singapore that do not reflect what he stood for. Nobody ever doubted that Lee Kuan Yew always held the best interests of Singapore and Singaporeans at heart. He was authentic and spoke his mind. The same cannot be said for our brother, Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching. We believe, unfortunately, that Hsien Loong is driven by a desire for power and personal popularity. His popularity is inextricably linked to Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy. His political power is drawn from his being Lee Kuan Yew’s son. 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.

Singapore has no such thing as the wife of the prime minister being a ‘first lady’. Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. During those many years, his wife (our mother) consistently avoided the limelight, remaining his stalwart supporter and advisor in private. She lived discreetly, and set a high bar for the conduct of a prime minister’s wife. She would never instruct Permanent Secretaries or senior civil servants. The contrast between her and Ho Ching could not be more stark. While Ho Ching holds no elected or official position in government, her influence is pervasive, and extends well beyond her job purview.

Throughout his entire life, Lee Kuan Yew’s sole focus was on Singapore and its future. He was a strong opponent of monuments, particularly of himself. On suggestions that monuments or ‘what-have-yous’ be made for him, he replied “Remember Ozymandias”. He was referring to Percy B Shelley’s sonnet about the Egyptian Pharaoh with a penchant for self-aggrandising monuments. The boast etched in a plaque below his statue commanded lesser mortals to “look on my works”. Only the vastness of desert sands remains: no empire, nor monuments, no great works. Lee Kuan Yew wanted none of these honours as edifices. Much more important to him was that what he had done should last.

It is for this reason that Lee Kuan Yew made clear throughout the years in public and private his wish that his home at 38 Oxley Road be demolished upon his passing. In his last Will and Testament of 17 December 2013, he again reiterated his wish and directed his three children to ensure that it be fulfilled. Indeed, his opposition to monuments was so strong that he had made clear that even if the house were gazetted (against his wishes), it should only be open to his children and their descendants.

However, we believe that Hsien Loong and Ho Ching are motivated by a desire to inherit Lee Kuan Yew’s standing and reputation for themselves and their children. Whilst our father built this nation upon meritocracy, Hsien Loong, whilst purporting to espouse these values, has spoken of a “natural aristocracy”. Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, have opposed Lee Kuan Yew’s wish to demolish his house, even when Lee Kuan Yew was alive. Indeed, Hsien Loong and Ho Ching expressed plans to move with their family into the house as soon as possible after Lee Kuan Yew’s passing. This move would have strengthened Hsien Loong’s inherited mandate for himself and his family. Moreover, even if Hsien Loong did not live at 38 Oxley Road, the preservation of the house would enhance his political capital.

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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by Sun_2010 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:26 am

:sad:

The unspoken wish of every parent is their children above all remain as one family - supporting one another in times of need, sharing happiness and grief.

And this wish , nay desire, nay need overtakes any other
Can one rest in peace if his children are squabbling ?

When you fight for a cake, if it is going to get dirt /mud sprinkled over it, what is the point of winning that cake? It can only be thrown away...

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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by janet88 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:32 am

LKY died only 2 years ago and siblings are fighting in public. It is supposed to be a family affair but now it has been publicised. LWL and LHY claimed they have no choice but to do so but does it help to make it known to the whole world? Now Singapore has become a laughing stock.

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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by mum_sugoku » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:38 am

http://www.pmo.gov.sg/newsroom/statemen ... dr-lee-wei
In the course of its work, the Committee received representations from Mr Lee Hsien Loong on various facts and circumstances in relation to how Mr Lee’s Last Will was prepared. The Committee has asked Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang some further questions about how the Last Will was prepared, and the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm played in preparing the Last Will. The Committee has also invited Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang to put their response by way of Statutory Declaration, as Mr Lee Hsien Loong had done.
House was LKY's private property, matter pertaining to LKY's will was his own family's private affair. I don't understand why a (presumably taxpayers funded) official committee was convened to meddle with his family matter.. :scratchhead:

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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by lee_yl » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:08 am

Siblings squabbling over estate after parents passed on is very common especially if the sum involved is huge.

This reminds me one of one forumer here who once said, "I can smell greed" and "枕边人搞搞震”. :lol: Those who have read/participated in the 'Retirement thread' before will know what I am saying.


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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by janet88 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:14 am

mum_sugoku wrote: House was LKY's private property, matter pertaining to LKY's will was his own family's private affair. I don't understand why a (presumably taxpayers funded) official committee was convened to meddle with his family matter.. :scratchhead:
why must a committee be set up? really boliao. LKY's will said it all. Demolish when he is gone and when LWL doesn't stay there. Respect the person's wish and will.

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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by ChiefKiasu » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:31 am

We, the people of Singapore, are the living physical testimony of LKY's legacy. We don't need to hold on to some of his property just to remember him. If we respect him enough, we should just let go. And it is only lawful that we respect a man's final will.

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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by janet88 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:34 am

ChiefKiasu wrote:We, the people of Singapore, are the living physical testimony of LKY's legacy. We don't need to hold on to some of his property just to remember him. If we respect him enough, we should just let go. And it is only lawful that we respect a man's final will.
:goodpost: :udaman:
a will must be respected.
LKY lives on in our hearts and we will always remember what he has done for Singapore and for us.

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Re: Public statement by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang

Post by floppy » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:01 pm

janet88 wrote:LKY died only 2 years ago and siblings are fighting in public. It is supposed to be a family affair but now it has been publicised. LWL and LHY claimed they have no choice but to do so but does it help to make it known to the whole world? Now Singapore has become a laughing stock.
In a fight between LKY and LKY, the winner will be LKY.

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