She said in a Leekileaks update yesterday that “Pa was never happy with Ho Ching’s so-called plans to renovate Oxley,” referring to the 38 Oxley road house.
Dr Lee and her brother Lee Hsien Yang, who are executors of LKY’s estate, are seeking to tear down 38 Oxley Road to fulfil their father’s wishes as stated in his final will.
LKY had stated that he wanted the house torn down, or shut away from the public.
Dr Lee also yesterday that LKY was distressed by the hounding by SPH editors, apparently because they wanted to see the house.
“It was my habit to check my email every time I woke up in the middle of the night, so I saw the emails flying fast & furious & I went to Pa’s study room. He was distress & eventually got up & walked off to bed looking disturbed. I scolded the SPH Editors via email for distressing Pa & told them to leave Pa alone. If they wanted to see Oxley, I would show them around but they were not to raise this issue w Pa again.”
The issue of the demolishing 38 Oxley Road has resulted in a public spat between the Lee siblings, with Dr Lee and Lee Hsien Yang accusing PM Lee and Ho Ching of abusing their status to preserve the house.
Lee Hsien Yang has also accused Ho Ching of stealing LKY’s personal items to loan them to the National Heritage Board for public display.
PM Lee and Ho Ching have denied the allegations.
PM Lee has also said that he will sue his siblings over the issue as such a move would be shameful for the family.
Meanwhile, the Workers’ Party has called for the prime minister to take the legal route to end the dispute, saying the family feud has tarnished Singapore’s global reputation and distracted Cabinet from addressing more pressing security and infrastructural issues.