Ho Ching has replied to Lee Hsien Yang’s accusations that she stole documents belonging to Lee Kuan Yew.
She said that she had found the documents he was referring to while packing LKY’s items.
During that time, she said the Lee Hsien Yang and his wife were overseas.
Ho’s “tidying up the house in the first 2 weeks of April” tale appears to match what her husband Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post about his discovery of one of LKY’s old telegram.
It also matches what the National Heritage Board has claimed to be a “clerical error” in which the items it loaned from the Lees were incorrectly dated as received on “6 Feb 2015” when it should have stated “6 Apr 2015”.
Addressing the question as to why she was the contact person for the PMO when the items were loaned to the National Heritage Board, Ho said that Lee Hsien Yang had confirmed that he was “agreeable for NHB to come and pick what they wanted”.
She added that she had kept Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling posted on the items she had loaned and that Lee Hsien Yang should “check your email records to refresh your memory on the various updates that I had given you during those 2 weeks.”
This is Ho Ching’s reply to Lee Hsien Yang, reproduced in full:
I was away from 31 January night till 7 Feb evening, when I went with Loong to Germany and Spain for his official and working visits. I was not in Singapore on 6 Feb.
In any case, there would not be any reason for me to rummage or tidy up papa’s things when he was in the hospital – that is not me nor my values.
However, you may remember that after papa’s funeral, you went off with Fern for a break in Japan or somewhere. I began tidying up the house, cleaning up stuff in the basement, and organizing items, dogsbody work as I mentioned to you before, which I couldn’t see Ling or Fern doing. This was what I had also done at papa’s request after mama’s death. Ling was in Oxley, and I had kept her posted, while trying not to intrude into her grieving.
It was in the middle of those two first weeks of April, tidying up the house after papa’s death, that I came across small interesting items which I thought were significant in papa’s life. I explained to Loong about a puzzling telegram about a Battleship arrival. Loong immediately knew its significance, and identified 4 items that he thought it would be useful to lend to NHB which was organizing an exhibition on papa’s life. These included the Battleship telegram and the John Laycock letter, which would be related to what papa did during the Postmen’s strike. I arranged to do so through the PMO, emphasizing to NHB that these items belonged to the estate and must be returned.
During that period, I had also done things like organising papa’s ties, and you confirmed that you were agreeable for NHB to come and pick what they wanted – they mostly wanted the relevant ties to match what papa wore during various historical events.
After the will was read on 12 April, I again kept both you and Ling posted on all that I had done including the 4 items loaned to NHB. In fact, I was in the basement working with the maids, when I was asked to join you and Fern, as well as Loong and Ling, for the reading of the will.
You may wish to check your email records to refresh your memory on the various updates that I had given you during those 2 weeks.
I hope that whatever you are upset about, you will have the heart to remember what papa and mama would have wanted most for the family and for Singapore.”