Will PM Lee sue his siblings for defamation?

In December 3, 1999, Asiaweek published an interview with then PM Goh Chok Tong (GCT), entitled “Extracts of an interview. Goh Chok Tong on Singapore, Asia and himself”. [ LINK ]

A question was posed with regards to using the judiciary to silence critics, “What about those who say you use the judiciary to silence critics?”

Goh replied, “That’s nonsense. What are these critics? There are many critics of the PAP in Singapore. They are not all hauled up before the judiciary. Political opponents, so long as they keep within the law, don’t need safeguards. They do not have to appear before the judiciary.”

Goh added, “But if they’ve defamed us, we have to sue them — because if we don’t, our own integrity will be suspect. We have an understanding that if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave cabinet. By defamation, I mean if somebody says the minister is on the take or is less than honest. If he does not rebut it, if he does not dare go before the court to be interrogated by the counsel for the other side, there must be some truth in it. If there is no evidence, well, why are you not suing?”

Dr Lee Wei Ling’s (LWL) and Lee Hsien Yang’s (LHY) allegations in their joint-statement on 14 Jun 2017, have indeed damaged Lee Hsien Loong’s (LHL) integrity as PM and as a private individual. Will LHL, in his personal capacity sue LWL and LHY as suggested by Goh? [GCT: "...if they've defamed us, we have to sue them -- because if we don't, our own integrity will be suspect."]

If LHL does not sue LWL and LHY, his integrity and standing is found wanting. [GCT: "We have an understanding that if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave cabinet."]

 

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53 Responses to “Will PM Lee sue his siblings for defamation?”

  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    “EVIL’s” Long arm has reached even this little Supposedly Clean,non-CORRUPT Country…USA with a new Reform & Change President is under attack by EVIL…but here EVIL has reached its PINNACLE with a Husband elected and a wife NON-elected controlling everything the Founding Generation built for their children & grandchildren

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  • LISA:

    ISA is practised impartially?

    What if a non family member said what LWL said?

    I believe sg will prove how unbiased it is.

    中国万岁!

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  • billyma:

    That dude lhl is in a situation where his right hand grappling his left ball & left hand squeezing hus right ball.
    Squeeze either ball also painful.

    Anyway lhl thoroughly deserve email every bit of this.

    Singaporeans are constantly in similar situation & none of it due to or caused by ourselves.

    So it would be interesting to see how this drama unfold.
    Hope it’s a 101 episodes soap opera.

    Enjoy while we still can.

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  • Samuel S:

    Since there is allegations against LHL why our CPIB never dares to investigate?

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  • Doggie:

    hope pinky sue, and brother and sister seek asylum, then US accept them together with Amos, with Trump mocking pinky in twitter, it would be funny!

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  • To Sue Or Not To Sur:

    Billions of people around the whole world are watching and following this Lee’s family episode. Singaporeans are also interested in whether ex-PM Goh’s words are real or fakes. We await the PM’s action.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    In reference to what the clown PM said that he does not harbour any political ambition for his son.

    Well, I thought that was exactly what the old fart said when out clown first announced he was joining the PAP.

    This son is working in the public service at a senior position–that is meritocracy for you.

    The place is rotten from the top down and what you see is simply a facade–which is fagile and could fall at any moment.

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  • GCT pl tell us:

    Yes it looked good and every case but one was won or the integrity was preserved
    But one thing puzzled many was that dvery case the onus of proving defamafion was on the defense and all ghe great men needed only to say that they are defamed and that was it.
    Another anomaly was the case lost. According to GCT that meant LKY has lost his integrity but he kept on his job and still remaining as he always was. But what puzzled the public was the presiding j

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  • Bapak:

    The show has just begun.

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  • GCT pl tell us cont:

    judge resigned very shortly after. Why a dedicated and highly regarded judge who could be promoted to be a high court judge decided to quit? could GCF enlighten in the light that a sibling is so worried about over a family will execution that he has to charbo with his whole family.

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  • LIONS:

    If they sue,both use LEE AND LEE LAWYERS will make it a truly “INTERNAL AFFAIRS” comedy.
    Lee And Lee vs Lee And Lee !

    Moral behind this bickering.
    Teach your kids to be humble and FORGIVING by lbeing an EXAMPLE.

    Youv reap what you sow.

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  • Lee Huai Lang:

    He only got balls to sue and bully critics like Roy. His siblings also can afford tip top lawyers, you know.

    Some more suing his siblings will need a lot of consultation with his Singh lawyer first. Lots of confidential details might become public and it could embarrass him further. Who knows it might end up like another Durain case. A boomerang effect, ownself hurt ownself instead.

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  • 1pm:

    My b climate change making
    Every 1 sick.

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    If PM does not sue then it will be two more examples, after Jason Ong and Calvin Cheng, of bias. Amos was right he was prosecuted unfairly, i.e., persecuted. US judge decision to give him asylum is correct. US DHS appeal of this decision will now likely fail. Another big humiliation for LHL and PAP.

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  • RDB:

    First it was Loong loong Loong.
    Then Ling Ling Ling Long Long Long.
    With Yang Yang Yang Long Long Long.
    Then Ling Yang Ling Yang Ling Yang
    Long Long Long Loong Loong Loong
    Then culminate in Ling Long Loong
    And Yang Long Loong till scared.

    What a “fairy” tale!

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  • 70:

    Our leader is ALWAYs RIGHT no matter what .

    We believe in our leader.

    He reigns supreme!

    PAP is always the best of the best.

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  • MarBowling:

    Btw where the fiack is Woody now. Possibly chwee tak LAN! Together with the whole gang of PAPigs World Class Ministers, he made Hell lot of noices on the so-called lapses in the accounting system of TCs managed by WP in ALjunied GRC! In the current Lee Kayu FAMILEE saga, he remains quiet as a church mouse! Or he has quietly Siam to visit his daughter overseas, mo Ngan tai(no eyes see), not his business!

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  • Monyet Hitam:

    This political wayang is interesting, as it’s being watched all over the world.
    China, our Asean neighbours must be grinning from ear to ear with glee.
    See, can’t even manage his family’s affairs, let’s see how he’s gonna fix his country’s problems_- bloated property prices, PMETs employment,
    rising business costs, MNCs fleeing to Malaysia to open headquarters.
    Soon only his yes men kakis would be left in Singapore, even his own brother and sister PM also want to kick out of the country.

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  • Woody:

    So how woody? Must sue,right?

    Or maybe not, it’s famiLEE?

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  • Book front seat early:

    Bapak:
    The show has just begun.

    Send in the Clown

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  • Defamed or True???:

    Phrases – “dishonorable son”; “abuse of power”; “conflicted”,
    “political legitimacy”, etc. { where is Meritocracy when we need it? }

    -
    Is this defamation or truth?
    -
    Political Opponents have been bankrupted using “phrases” more benign.
    -
    Cancell all Leave – Clear the calendar and set a Court Date ! ! !

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  • CON U CAN EAT SHIT:

    GOONDU PM LEE DOES NOT HAVE BALLS TO SUE HIS SIBILINGS.He only BULLY small fry like Amos and Roy.
    LEE KAYU you bought up your children badly.All crocks and thiefs.LEE KAYU are you getting up from your grave MOTHER FUCKER.

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  • opposition dude:

    Stay tuned for further developments, he will surely sue because in this day and age family ties mean nothing anymore.

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  • justacitizen:

    Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:
    If PM does not sue then it will be two more examples, after Jason Ong and Calvin Cheng, of bias. Amos was right he was prosecuted unfairly, i.e., persecuted. US judge decision to give him asylum is correct. US DHS appeal of this decision will now likely fail. Another big humiliation for LHL and PAP.

    I hope no judges in the USA will now doubt that Amos was indeed persecuted.
    Asylum for Amos is almost certain now.

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  • PAP cocksuker:

    Now China having the last laugh at our GOONDU PM.Let us not forget that the manager of Ang Mo Kio town council still have not been brought before the law.As a mp for Ang Mo Kio THE GOONDU has to bear responsibility.

    If Halimah is elected President this MONSTER will HAVE ABSOLUTE CONTROL of our lives.He is not rooting for Halimah so she can COVER FOR HER BOSS so WE DAFTS WILL NEVER SEE OUR CPF MONEY.

    PM LEE COME CLEAN or HARA KERI.

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  • All In The Familee:

    Woody Goh self Serving righteousness is giving pinky a difficult time.
    Pinky already tried to impoverish his brother by requesting him to buy over his share of the house since he insisted on fulfilling old man’s wish to demolish the house.

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  • Only A Small Speck:

    To Sue Or Not To Sur:
    Billions of people around the whole world are watching and following this Lee’s family episode. Singaporeans are also interested in whether ex-PM Goh’s words are real or fakes. We await the PM’s action.

    Why should the rest of the world be interested in this feud?
    Dafts got what they asked for, a Dishonorable son.

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  • All The Same Mould:

    Woody:
    So how woody? Must sue,right?

    Or maybe not, it’s famiLEE?

    Who will ever ask a seat warmer to comment?
    Mind you dafts, the massive cheap influx happened officially under this dead wood.

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  • Tide will turn:

    Soon the tide protecting and sympathise-Ing with PPM will make HY and WL looks small minded.. that is the nature of politics… if he does it to protect a legacy (against KY will) many can empathise with that view to preserve given the out pouring of grief on KY demise.

    The tide may turn against the sibling soon for making it transparent . There are a lot of KY supporters who will stand up to protect the PPM.

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  • Half month pay:

    So every time there is troubles at the TOP, CS get money to go have happy hours and many more beers …
    If yur salary is $16,000 like all MP, MP . You gets $8,000- just forget that remark on “lost of confidence”… go play with your marbles ..
    What does the stupid 70% gets?

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  • nizhemoshou:

    Double confirmed by lee siblings – LHL n wife misuse their powers to pursue personal agenda. Simply denying the allegations not good enough.

    The scenario of the power couple suing their accusers is unlikely to happen as their accusers know their dirty secrets inside out.

    Rather wishing for this scenario to happen -citizens to demand the state to open an investigation into the serious charges made by the siblings against the power couple. The power couple mus stand trial if the siblings can testify n give evidence.

    LHL mus step down or be impeached if the allegations are proven true

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  • Can Be Easily Resolved!:

    Have a good brother to brother talk!

    Leave the wives at home and tell them not to interfere.

    Hsien Yang should also act on behalf of the hot tempered Wei Ling.

    No problem is too big that cannot be resolved between two brothers.

    Have a good talk; both already over 60 years old and should not be ‘fighting’.

    Give and Take and everything will be alright!

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  • Facade:

    The old man really trick us when he was alive
    Behind the smiles in the family portraits
    We had the impression that the family was peaceful and one united family
    He gave us a false facade
    In fact the three siblings were at each other throat all along
    All because of large sums of inheritance money
    This is all about karma
    You gather so much wealth but this wealth destroy your once beautiful family
    Now it is completely destroyed beyond any redemption after all
    The dirty linen was exposed

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  • BETWEEN DEVIL & DEEP BLUE SEA:

    This time round, if LHL sues, his siblings could open up more cans of worms. If he doesn’t, then he would have to quit (in disgrace), in compliance with what GCT said (“We have an understanding that if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave”).

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  • rukidding:

    This message goes to all New Sillyzeans !

    Better be smart and make the decision to support Oppo !

    Your NEW future looks “bleak” under this Hum. !

    Don’t be “trapped” and “squeezed” like those dumb 70% !

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  • PAP.SURE.WIN:

    Our PAP Great Leader PM Lee must not sue his sibling.

    Instead we urged our Great Leader PM Lee to swiftly use ISA to detain both LHY and LWL indefinitely and gag them indefinitely.

    Majullah PAP to Eternality
    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All

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  • Great Asia:

    1,000 Roy Ngerngs also cannot produce this kind of heavy punch. Ha ha ha!

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Every time Pinky’s face appears I see a face of greed, power abuser and self interest and one given to making only lip service statements.

    This serious public spat once again confirms my views.

    We are supposed to be a highly literate nation but 70% could be easily conned.

    In other countries, much less can damn a leader but not in SG.

    Still complaining about cost of living, 3/4 tank rule and Checkpoint tolls???

    SERVE YOU RIGHT!

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Woody is enjoying his Swiss standard of living so don’t KC him.

    He was merely made use of by the dead dictator for his political agenda.

    Useless Woody.

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  • To sue or not to sue ?:

    I don’t think the PM will ever dare sue his siblings for defamation. Because if once he sue, there will be no hope of reconciliation between them.

    Then there is this possibility of more dirty linen being exposed as the siblings would be privy to a lot of secrets within the Lee family. Furthermore it may end up as a never ending feud which would be detrimental to overall interests of the PAP Government.

    Goh’s warning is to silence PAP critics only. May be of no use to scare the siblings into submission.

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  • HONESTY=TRANSPARENCY:

    # PM DECLARE HE IS HONEST THEN BE TRANSPARENT

    # DECLARE TOTAL WEALTH INHERITED AND WIFE INCOME = PROOF OF NON CORRUPTION LEGALLY OR
    OTHERWISE SCHEMED

    # DECLARE NATION’S GIC AND TH HOLDINGS BEFORE INVESTMENT AND CURRENT MARKET VALUE AND
    CASH

    # REMOVE CPF MINIMUM SUM RETENTION

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Uncle Lim:
    Woody is enjoying his Swiss standard of living so don’t KC him.

    He was merely made use of by the dead dictator for his political agenda.

    Useless Woody.

    Looking for Woody Goh? Try the golf courses, he will be in one of them. Guarantee

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  • Pink Noise:

    It is too irresistible to pass this $$$ opportunity not to sue. This money- faced pink fart took money from his younger brother for their father’s home.

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  • Peggy Sue:

    When blood is thicker than water, how to sue?

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    LHY and LWL may also sue PM for insinuating that Yang, wife and sis had fraudulently schemed only 15 minutes for LKY to sign before witnesses Suet Fern arranged. But LKY was a seasoned lawyer, asserted by PMO repeatedly that he was “lucid” even during the beginning of his last hospitalization. And nothing complicated was in that will, which had had some six precedents basically similar to it, and which only asserted the change to “equal shares” and that “demolition”. Wouldn’t need any lengthy explaining, and LKY had indeed signed below that “demolition” clause.

    And, surely, PM’s contesting of the will should be before the courts rather than that Parliamentary Committee? What business has that committee to decide on the validity of the will, on which basis, among other things, to consider whether or not to preserve the “house”? The validity issue can be presented to the committee only after a court ruling. It isn’t within the committee’s purview nor expertise to adjudicate over it, which PM seems to have briefed it to do.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Sorry, some hitch. My first sentences should be “LHY and LWL may also sue PM for insinuating that Yang, wife and sis had fraudulently schemed for LKY to sign that last will. PM’s main reason is that LKY had only 15 minutes to sign it before witnesses Suet Fern arranged.”

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Samuel S:
    Since there is allegations against LHL why our CPIB never dares to investigate?

    “He who pays the Fiddler calls the TUNE”….who does CPIB report to…Parliament(a committee should be set up for all matters concerning corruption) or the PM…its like quarrelling with your wife and bringing the issue to your EVIL-Mother-in-Law???

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  • It's the Upbringing:

    Dr Tan Tai Wei:
    LHY and LWL may also sue PM for insinuating that Yang, wife and sis had fraudulently schemed only 15 minutes for LKY to sign before witnesses Suet Fern arranged. But LKY was a seasoned lawyer, asserted by PMO repeatedly that he was “lucid” even during the beginning of his last hospitalization. And nothing complicated was in that will, which had had some six precedents basically similar to it, and which only asserted the change to “equal shares” and that “demolition”. Wouldn’t need any lengthy explaining, and LKY had indeed signed below that “demolition” clause.

    And, surely, PM’s contesting of the will should be before the courts rather than that Parliamentary Committee? What business has that committee to decide on the validity of the will, on which basis, among other things, to consider whether or not to preserve the “house”? The validity issue can be presented to the committee only after a court ruling. It isn’t within the committee’s purview nor expertise to adjudicate over it, which PM seems to have briefed it to do.

    It does not matter who appointed the AG and Minster of Law and the chief judge because we singlians are top in maths and science and we know the system and leader is impartial.
    We so smart.

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  • hair-splitting discrepancies:

    //contesting of the will should be before the courts rather than that Parliamentary Committee?//

    aiyoh. let me guess. like friendly “interrogations” or so-called “interviews”, keep asking same thing 9999 times over long period of duration (perhaps over many trips) to tire you down and have it recorded and signed each time. and a few times you get it wrong. jiak lat liao lor and then start banging you on hair-splitting discrepancies lor impugning on your truthfulness & honesty – instead of focusing on the original main issue lor.

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  • PAPSURELOSE!!!:

    QUOTE “If LHL does not sue LWL and LHY, his integrity and standing is found wanting. [GCT: "We have an understanding that if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave cabinet."]” UNQUOTE

    WoodyGoh dare chide PissPeeMLee, his boss and the person to pay his bills and fund his lifestyle to step down?

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  • OUCH_LOONG_IT_MUST_HURT:

    They are all spoilt brats,when the old man was around,he divided the spoils of “plundering the people” equally among his off-springs…as he is no more,the reins of the power rest with his elder off-spring,who is more or less “PUSSY CONTROLLED”….In other words MRS PM,does not have intention to share the spoils of plunder with the lesser morals of the “LEE FAMILY”

    From lawsuit to ISD DETENTION,If this options are used….IT WILL COME BACK HAUNT HIM……HE WILL be labled “somone who didn’t follow the path charted by the old man”….”not fillal son”……..THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE LEE FAMILY…(HIS BROTHER’S SON OR WIFE……..MIGHT JOIN THE POLTICS….FORMING NEW PARTY OR JOINING THE OPPOSITION)……….
    NOW ……IF HE SAY ALLOW TO DEMOLISH THE HOUSE….WHATEVER HIS SIBLINGS TOLD OFF HIM WILL BE THE TRUTH…THAT’S HOW PUBLIC WILL PERECEIVE…..HAHAHAHA………IF THERE IS CONFLICT…..IN A WAY SINGAPORENS WILL SEE BEGINNING OF BREAKING UP OF PAP…….

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  • Wooden Go Choke Tongue:

    I am very satisfied with my millions already.
    Everyday, Zo Bo Lan, pah golf. kekeke.
    But i never pcc nowadays.
    What’s there to pah in PCC?

    Happy Can already lah.

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  • What If.....?:

    billyma:
    June 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm (Quote)
    That dude lhl is in a situation where his right hand grappling his left ball & left hand squeezing hus right ball.
    Squeeze either ball also painful.

    It’s Proven. What if squeeze but got nothing?

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