Lee Kuan Yew’s younger son disputes DPM Teo’s version of events

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Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean released a statement yesterday saying the Government is ‘not bent on retaining’ Lee Kuan Yew’s house at Oxley Road. DPM Teo who is heading the Ministerial Committee studying the options for the house’s redevelopment/demolition said that he met Mr Lee Hsien Yang several times between April and July 2015 on the matter.

Response by DPM Teo Chee Hean: No reason to disagree on studying options for No. 38 Oxley Road – Ministerial Committee open to range of options

Mr Lee however has disputed DPM Teo’s version of events and said that the Deputy Prime Minister, unlike what he implies, met him in his personal capacity and before the formation of the committee.

Mr Lee clarified that the Committee itself did not disclose the options they were considering in their prior exchanges, and that their letters to the Executors of Lee Kuan Yew’s will were “largely focused on parroting (Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s) attacks on the will.

The committee did not disclose the options they were considering in our prior exchanges, unlike what DPM Teo implies…

Posted by Lee Hsien Yang on Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah had earlier cautioned against demolition.

“Once demolished, there is no going back,” she said.

Adding: “Demolition removes once and for all any possibility of future preservation, conservation or compulsory acquisition of the property.”

Prime Minister Lee said yesterday that his siblings’ accusations of him are largely untrue, and that he will address the accusations in his ministerial statement on the matter on July 3 in Parliament.

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27 comments

  1. Dear LHY n LWL, please push ahead with this ‘Memorial Garden’ – you will find that of most Singaporeans respect late LKY wish to demolish the house. That will put the PM LHL, his minions n government in a quandary!

  2. LKY have left enough memorials for all Singaporean to last many lifetimes. Just respect his last wishes. Family business becoming a state affair is SOOOOOO embracing!!! Disgusting!!! Eeeeeeee

  3. Max Ho says:

    I think PM Lee may pengsan again during National Day Rally ….good luck…that’s public scrutiny after being paid millions to manage a small country.

  4. Kirby Wong says:

    For all you know, these ministers are all testing grounds to see which track holds water with the netizens…all armored recce, in other words, allowing the man to finally make a tactical move on Jul 3…

  5. The pap government always claims they stand for transparency n accountabilty. Is it so as more things being revealed in process of cross swording thru internets n hard prints?

    As today I have read enough to understand the saga and its motives.

    I am more to siblings as they always produce documents to back up. The other camp just say without any hard proofs.

  6. True colors fm these ballickers could clearly be seen…
    We will also probably be seeing lhl’s son soon in the parliament when the time is right. If Im not wrong, cash n vouchers plus gifts will be given to all Singaporeans.

  7. Martin Lee says:

    To have confidence in the government, Singaporeans need transparency. So before the DPM asks for trust in Mr Lee Hsien Loong’s team, the PAP must first account for and explain:

    1. Price hikes
    Why the Government announced a slew of price hikes, including a drastic 30% increase in water fees, only after the 2015 general elections and at a time of economic uncertainty for the people.

    2. Asset enhancement
    Then PM Goh Chok Tong’s assurance in 1992 that HDB prices will “continue to rise” only to be told in 2017 by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong that prices will “come down” until the flats are eventually returned to HDB.

    3. AGO report
    The Auditor-General’s 2016 report that PAP Government lacked “principles of good governance and financial controls” which resulted in a large number of instances where there was a “breakdown in the controls.” This included the construction of a rubbish centre for $880,000.

    4. GIC losses in UBS
    The GIC’s loss of nearly $6 billion this year in its investment in UBS despite the SDP’s repeated warningsabout the problems with the Swiss bank, and the subsequent refusal of the Government to account for the loss.

    5. Elected Presidency
    The sudden decision to change the rules – and the contorted reasoning for the change – to restrict candidacy for the EP after Dr Tony Tan nearly lost the election in 2015.

    6. Hep-C outbreak
    Health Minister Gan Kim Yong’s refusal to release correspondence such as emails, memos, minutes of meetings between officials at MOH and SGH over the Hepatitis C outbreak in 2015 as well as the refusal to openly identify the officers who were at fault and the penalties meted out to them.

    7. Cracks in new MRT trains
    The failure to inform the public of cracks in brand new MRT trains and the secretive nature of the way the trains were shipped back to China for repairs.

    8. Deteriorating infrastructure
    The Government’s inability to deal with constant breakdown of MRT services, HDB lift mishaps (which have caused death and injury), falling slabs of HDB blocks, and flooding of our roads whenever it rains heavily.

    9. Productivity decline
    The stagnant productivity levels despite the more than $20 billion the PAP Government has thrown at the problem. The situation has deteriorated to the point where PM Lee now admits that our economy has “maxed out” after easy gains in recent years.

    10. Future economy
    The lack of direction and rehash of old ideas from the Committee on the Future Economy despite the involvement of five ministers and one full year of work.

    11. Online gambling
    The introduction of online gambling despite widespread public objection.

    12. Foreign labour
    The continued influx of foreign workers despite falling job vacancies and increasing unemployment among Singaporeans.

    13. China relations
    The mishandling of relations with China leading to Mr Lee Hsien Loong’s exclusion from the OBOR summit in Beijing.

    14. Zika and TB
    The explosion of Zika infections and the increase in new cases of active TB in Singapore in 2016.

    15. Money laundering
    The discovery of money laundering in our financial system last year despite SDP’s warning since 2008 that Singapore was becoming a haven for tax evaders and money launderers.

    16. Neptune Orient Lines
    Mr Ng Yat Chung’s appointment as CEO of SPH despite his running aground the NOL (losing $1.5 billion in the process) and which resulted in the company being sold to the French CMA CGM in 2016. The new owners turned NOL’s fortunes around registering a US$26m-profit in less than one year.

    17. Keppel and SembMarine
    The deep financial troubles of Temasek-owned Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine amidst charges of corruption against the companies in Brazil following the bust in the oil-rig industry.

    18. Shortage of engineers
    How, after more than 50 years of uninterrupted PAP rule, Singapore now finds itself short of Engineers, a situation which “poses a national risk”.

    19. Ailing retail
    The shuttering of retail shops and empty shopping centres. This is epitomised by a dying Orchard Road.

    20. Closing of JCs
    The controversial closing down of neighbourhood Junior Colleges in which MOE provided dubious reasons.

    21. GIC/Temasek non-transparency
    The non-transparent manner in which the GIC and Temasek Holdings are managed and the related issue of the retention of CPF funds through the Minimum Sum Scheme.

    This list does not, of course, include the allegations of impropriety by Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang against PM Lee and his team which necessitates even more accountability. Mr Tharman’s call for confidence in the current administration is desperately misplaced.

    1. It looks like “Corruption In Disguise”! This is the result of a Government run by “The Elites” of The Country. They think they are “Smarter” than everyone else? But then, 69.9% Voted for them.

  8. Cj Leo says:

    That DPM Teo fell back on his discussion before the ministerial committee was formed, showed that they r losing this unnecessary n extremely damaging public fight.

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