LWL and LHY: PM Lee misled Lee Kuan Yew on the gazetting of 38 Oxley

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The following is a statement released by Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the executors of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s will.


LHL has made convoluted, but ultimately false, claims about Lee Kuan Yew’s wishes. LHL is trying to suggest that because LKY signed some renovation plans in early 2012, he was open to preservation of the house.

From 2010, LHL improperly misrepresented to our father LKY that gazetting of 38 Oxley Road was either “inevitable” or that the house was already gazetted. We now know that no decision had been made. Besides issues of improper representation and conflicts of interest on the part of LHL, this shows that LKY’s “consideration” of “alternatives” to demolition was entirely due to LHL’s representations about the house’s fate.

LHL cites the renovation plans by Ho Ching as proof of a change mind on the demolition. LKY was in fact very skeptical about the renovation plans, as these were inconsistent with LHL’s insistence that the house would be gazetted. The curt email reply on renovation plans to Ho Ching, copying the three siblings, says it all.

 

Because of LHL’s misrepresentations to his father and family, in Sep 2012 LKY believed that the government had already gazetted the house. Thus, he asked his lawyer Kwa Kim Li to search for the order to gazette. Of course, she found no such order. She annotated an e-mail, noting, “I can’t find gazette. Told him.”


As the above documents make clear, the discussion on renovation was instigated by LHL representing that the house would be inevitably gazetted (or had already been gazetted). It did not come about because LKY ‘accepted’ preservation.

Merely because LKY and we accept that the government has power to gazette the house does not mean that this is something LKY wished for. If the children were unable to achieve demolition, LKY made clear he did not want his house open to the public. This does not mean that this is what he wished for.

Indeed, even LHL accepted that any discussions on renovation and preservation was only planning for the regrettable possibility that the house might not be demolished. This is made clear in the following e-mail exchange, on 12 April 2015.

In Parliament, LHL has tried to play with words, asserting that just because Lee Kuan Yew left instructions for what to do if the house was gazetted, that means that he ‘accepted’ that the house should be gazetted.

Leaving instructions for how to deal with a bad event doesn’t imply that you accept or desire the bad event.​ Suppose someone leaves instructions saying, “I don’t want my books to catch fire. But if my books do catch fire, please call my insurance company.” That does not mean 3 that he ‘accepts’ that his books will catch fire. Obviously, it is not an excuse to burn his books.

LKY had made his clear his wish to demolish the house in public, in private, in writing, on video, and in his last will and testament. LKY’s last will has been confirmed in court. LHL has affirmed LKY’s unwavering wish to demolish his house in private and in public: in Parliament on 13 April 2015 and in public on 4 December 2015.

In December 2015, the estate of Lee Kuan Yew reached a settlement agreement with LHL. In this settlement agreement, LHL confirmed Lee Kuan Yew’s final will, and specifically endorsed the demolition wish in the final will. Is LHL suggesting now that LKY wavered in his unwavering wish?

LKY was a public figure and made his wish to demolish 38 Oxley Road completely explicit. If he changed his mind on demolition, he would have made it known in a clear and public fashion. He never did.

We also dispute LHL’s version of events of 12 April 2015. On that day, we did not discuss any renovation plans or immediate demolition. This was not possible. Clause 7 of LKY’s final will gave Wei Ling an unfettered right to live in the original house, something she had always wanted.

In fact, LHL asserted on 12 April 2015 that he wanted to say in Parliament the following day that “Papa had changed his mind about the tearing down of Oxley Road.” Hsien Loong was very angry and threatened us and demanded our silence on our father’s last wish. We refused.

We only seek to honour our parents’ wishes. We have nothing to gain other than to honour our parents’ wishes.

 

 

 

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8 comments

  1. Cj Leo says:

    Terrible for him to lie n manipulate his own father like that. Can we trust such character to look after our interests ? To me it is clear. He is unfit to govern Singapore. He has character flaws, he is damaged goods, he is the problem. Please put nation before self, family and party and do the right thing – RESIGN.

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    Jairus Lau ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Let’s Give Mediation A Chance (July 2)

    Sir, you have spoken. We are not convinced. We ask that we change course.

    The 70% are largely silent. Deep down in their hearts, they know things are not right. Many have switched of. Others gloss over the proceedings and exchanges.

    LKY was always consciously aware of ‘coffee shop talk’. This amazes and puzzles. Today, we poll the 70% and rationalize the findings. Even with 94% of base saying parliament is not the right vehicle for airing the crisis, we think we know better.

    What the layman feels and thinks. Parliament meets. ST, July 4: PM Lee’s Response to Allegations.

    1) As early as 2011, LSL spoke of the preservation of 38 Oxley Road and that the organ of the State can over-ride the wish for demolition. To avoid potential conflict and facilitate decision making, LKY a) placed the property on LSL’s shoulders, and b) made LSY N LWL executors of the estate. As PM, LSL has enough on his hands. So, LKY ‘signed off on plans to develop house in 2012.’ An alternative was in place. (LKY’s wish was unwavering – demolition.)

    2) Yes, LSL should be informed. Courtesy. To be ‘consulted’ smacks of being petty and childish. If one needs to consult one’s superior on each and every detail, the machinery will be at standstill. Civil servants, under GCT, were encouraged to ‘think out of the box.’ Indeed, if LSL needs to be consulted on the gifts, then Temasek Board, the President and the Council of Presidential Advisers should be at the beck and call of LSL.

    38 Oxley Road was to be transferred to LWL for $1/-. LWL declined. Surely, the conditions were ‘wrong’, totally unacceptable.

    3) Hongyi is not interested in politics. LSY did not say Hongyi did harbor such intention. LSY N LWL reasoned on the ulterior motive, the preservation of 38 Oxley Road.

    It was one bad judgement after another. A national crisis looms. Cut short the vacation and fly home immediately. Former PM, GCT, called it ‘petty’ family dispute.’ And so on. Yesterday, with exception of smiles coming from TCH and Shanmugan, the House was solemn.

    While LSY N LWL’s agenda is clear (with chess pieces yet to be moved), they do have national interests at heart. Surely, LSY N LWL are open to mediation and reason. Therefore, let’s give mediation our best endeavor.

    OneNationTogether.

  3. Lim LG says:

    AS INSTRUCTED BY LKY TO KKL IN SEP 2012 TO CONFIRM WHETHER HIS HOUSE WAS GAZETTED AND THAT KKL CONFIRMED IT WAS NOT GAZETTED AT ALL.

    THEN LKY MADE HIS FINAL WILL IN 2013 WHICH CONFIRMED HIS FINAL WISH OF HIS HOUSE EITHER TO BE DEMOLISHED IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS DEATH OR AFTER LWL CEASES TO STAY THERE.

    AND A PROBATE WAS OBTAINED AFTER LKY’S DEATH, WHICH CONFIRMS HIS WILL IS INDEED TRUE AND VALID.

    ALL THE ABOVE ARE SUFFICIENT ENOUGH TO FULFIL LKY’S WISH, THAT IS, TO DEMOLISH HIS HOUSE ACC TO HIS LAST WILL.

    IF THE ROTTON GOVT STILL INSISTS ON PRESERVING IT, GO TO COURT DIRECTLY TO SOLVE THE ISSUE WITH ALL YR FACTS AND EVIDENCE, AFTERALL BOTH LHY AND LWL ARE NOT ONLY “OWNERS” OF THE HOUSE BUT ALSO APPOINTED BY THE DECEASED AS “TRUSTEES AND EXECUTORS” OF THE WILL.

    LHL WAS ORIGINALLY ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE HOUSE BUT HE HAD ALREADY “SOLD AND TRANSFERRED ENTIRELY” HIS SHARE TO LHY.

    THUS LHL IS NOW “NO LONGER A BENEFICIARY” AS WELL AS “NOT A TRUSTEE NOR EXECUTOR OF THE WILL” TOO. THEREFORE, LHL HAS NO RIGHT TO INTERVENE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF LKY’S ESTATE.

    BUT, AS FAR AS I CAN SEE IT, LHL IS “CUNNING” TO USE HIS POWER AND AUTHORITY AS PM TO “INFLUENCE AND TO PUSH FOR HIS OWN AGENDA” THRU HIS CABINET MINISTERS.

    BASED ON MY PERSONAL ENCOUNTERS AND EXPERIENCE, RIGHT FROM THE DAY HE TOOK OFFICE, LHL GIVES ME THE IMPRESSION HE IS “NOT AN UPRIGHT LEADER”. HE IS MORE INTERESTED TO BUILD “DYNASTY” OR “EMPIRE” IN SINGAPORE.

    BY THE WAY, TO RENOVATE AN OLD HOUSE WHILE OWNERS WERE/ARE STILL STAYING THERE DOES NOT TANTAMOUNT TO “NOT AGREEING TO DEMOLISH” IT.

    IF YOU LISTENED CAREFULLY THE INTERVIEW WITH LKY IN 2011, HE TOLD THE MEDIA THAT “THERE WERE CRACKS HERE AND THERE WHEN THERE WAS SOME CONSTRUCTION NEARBY.”

    SO, NOTHING WRONG TO AGREE TO RENOVATE THE HOUSE AT THAT TIME.

    WHATEVER IT IS, LKY’S “UNWAVERING” WISH TO DEMOLISH HIS HOUSE WAS EXPLICITLY EXPRESSED IN HIS LAST WILL.

  4. WH Wong says:

    No wonder the title “dishonorable” has been bestowed upon him by his dear family member! This 38-O issue is now revealed to have been festering since 2010, a long six plus years before blowing up and causing severe damages to our national institutions and integrity of government…….

  5. Yeow H Tan says:

    Unimaginable for a son to do that to his father…even more a PM who boasts of non corruption and uprightness but dishonest and cunning inside. Double faced ..

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