In 2 Facebook posts early this morning, Lee Wei Ling said she and her brother Hsien Yang would never have taken their feud with eldest brother PM Lee Hsien Loong public if it was merely a family squabble.
She also fired this warning to the public: “If PM can misuse his official power to abuse his siblings who can fight back, what else can he do to ordinary citizens.”
Amongst various claims in the 6-page statement published by Ms Lee and Hsien Yang yesterday, they accused their elder brother, PM Lee Hsien Loong, of abusing his position as prime minister to stop the demolition of their father Lee Kuan Yew’s 38 Oxley Road house so he could milk the late Lee’s popularity.
They also said that they feel threatened by PM Lee’s misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government to drive his personal agenda such that Hsien Yang and his family feel forced to leave Singapore, and that Ho Ching’s “pervasive influence” that “extends well beyond her job purview”.
This is how state media reported the news:
PM Lee has denied all allegations against him and said that the actions of Ms Lee and Hsien Yang have hurt their family’s legacy.
This is Ms Lee’s Facebook post this morning, reproduced in full:
“I am out of Singapore, with erratic and slow internet connection. The article that appeared in the Singapore press gave PM’s version of the story. Our letter was carefully vetted by our lawyers and obviously not in my own voice.
My American friend who is the tour leader of my Scottish island holiday thought it a family quarrel. If it were merely a family affair, we would not have taken it public. The main message is not Hsien Yang & I fearing what PM will do to us. The most important point I want to put across is if PM can misuse his official power to abuse his siblings who can fight back, what else can he do to ordinary citizens. But our lawyer edited that main message out, and as Hsien Yang got most of the bullying, he could not help but allow his emotion to be expressed in the press statement. That is what led my American friend to conclude that it is a family quarrel.
38 Oxley Road was bought by my parents, it is for them to decide what its fate is. My Father had told us, his children, repeatedly, that being family property, there is no need to donate to charity if Oxley were sold. Hsien Loong, as a condition for selling the house to Hsien Yang, and in his attempt to punish Hsien Yang for blocking what he wants to do with the house, stipulated that in addition to paying Hsien Loong the market value of the house, he must also donate 50% of that value to charity.
Hsien Loong and Ho Ching are finally showing their true colours. I think these Colours show them unsuitable as PM and most certainly as PM’s wife of Singapore.”
And in another post this morning, she said:
“Private family matters don’t involve setting up secret committees of ministers to get your way. There is no way that this committee was set up without LHL’s tacit consent and approval.”