ST: Committee asked ‘questions about how the late Mr Lee’s will was prepared’?

I refer to the article “Committee studying options for Oxley house” (Straits Times, Jun 15).

It states that “The future of the house at the centre of a dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings is being studied by a ministerial committee.

The existence of the committee was disclosed yesterday by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, the PM’s younger siblings.

In a Facebook statement, both said they were told by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong last July that “a ministerial committee had been set up to consider options with respect to 38, Oxley Road and their implications”.

Cabinet Secretary Tan Kee Yong, who confirmed the establishment of the committee in a separate statement yesterday, said it was set up to consider options for the house and the implications of those options.”

Why is it that this ministerial committee set up in July last year was never disclosed to the public?

As to “”These included looking into various aspects, including the historical and heritage significance of the house, as well as to consider Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking and wishes in relation to the house,” Mr Tan said in the statement.

He also said the committee has been looking at how the late Mr Lee’s will came to be made and the roles played in this by Mrs Lee Suet Fern – Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s wife – and the law firm that she heads” – since the will was made on 27 December, 2013 (note: Mr Lee Kuan Yew was continuously a Member of Parliament until his death on 23 March, 2015) and “2010-2011: Mr Lee Kuan Yew writes formally to the Cabinet twice to put his wishes to demolish his house at 38, Oxley Road on record” – why is there still a need to “has been looking at how the late Mr Lee’s will came to be made and the roles played in this by Mrs Lee Suet Fern – Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s wife – and the law firm that she heads”?

With regard to “The statement from the Cabinet Secretary was issued in response to claims by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee in their statement that PM Lee made “extensive representations” to the committee and that he is in “a direct position of power over the committee” because the ministers in it report to him.

Mr Tan said: “The Prime Minister has not been involved in Cabinet’s discussions concerning this committee. As he had previously stated, he has recused himself from all government decisions concerning the house.”

He said the committee had sought the views of the Prime Minister, as well as those of his siblings, “to ask if they wished to say anything about the late Mr Lee’s thinking in respect of the house, beyond what has already been stated in public”.

“Mr Lee Hsien Loong’s views were sought in his personal capacity, given his position as Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s eldest son and his interest as a beneficiary of the estate,” Mr Tan noted” – does it mean that – “recused”, but also “views were sought in his personal capacity”?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – “recused” means “to disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly :  to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest”.

In respect of  Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang’s statement” – “We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern” – what does “use of the organs of state” mean and what is it referring to?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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22 Responses to “ST: Committee asked ‘questions about how the late Mr Lee’s will was prepared’?”

  • Note that LHL only recused himself from any “government decisions regarding the house”, he did not exclude himself from the discussions and any influence of those decisions. End of the day, it’s all play on words, obfuscation and smoke screen as typical of this “ponding” government.

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  • billyma:

    Lhl is simply selective about what he likes & dislike about the old man’s will.

    Lhl does not dispute that he was given at least 1/3 of all of old man’s assets. He’s gladly happy as always when it goes into his own pocket. Lhl has no question that the old man did the right thing.

    However, lhl is now claiming that within the very same will, the old man was cheated or fooled in signing away the old house because it was not given to him.

    Yes yes if it is willed to lhl then there’s no problem nor question about the validity of the will but since lhl feels it was unfair to him so he’ll try to take what he thinks should belong to him or to make thing & life difficult for those who supposing took what is his.

    This is the hell deep greed openly on display here.
    If I want it I will get it otherwise nobody else should have it.
    That’s the moto of this brat.
    And yes even it takes to tear his own parents. This is the real lhl.

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  • billyma:

    However, lhl is now claiming that within the very same will, the old man was cheated or fooled in signing away the old house because it was not given to him.

    Yes yes if it is willed to lhl then there’s no problem nor question about the validity of the will but since lhl feels it was unfair to him so he’ll try to take what he thinks should belong to him.

    Friend, you are mistaken. 38 Oxley Rd was willed to LHL. LHL then sold it to LHY at market rate, plus an additional condition that LHY donate 50% of the purchase price to charity, making the purchase 150% of market rate paid by LHY. The. LHL “ao bue lai ” (come from behind), using a ministerial committee to take away LHY’s rights to decide on the outcome of the property. (LHY and LWL want to demolish it according to old man’s wishes).

    That’s why now the siblings come out in the open to accuse LHL of using state organs to get his way.

    In the first place, if LHL wants to do it his way, he shouldn’t sell it to LHY, and at such an exorbitant price too.. it’s like he’s punishing his brother for daring to go against his wishes, and using state resources at that too.

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  • They fixed the opponents:

    Time will tell:
    Yes, the late LKY himself was a cross-examiner and it’s really ridiculous for the insisters to think that LKY himself cannot discern whom to trust and what was to be of the final will. Besides the will, LKY himself had spoken publicly, as well as written in his’ book about demolishing the house. None of the ministers including the d**honourable son spoke up otherwise n parliament when LKY was still alive.

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  • Political Pretenders:

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who has a track record of fixing opponents all the more!

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  • tst:

    The PAP government is in a state of shambles. This has arisen because there is no respect for the tenet of separation of powers. The legislative ie MPs Ministers etc should not have interfered when there is an existing executive viz the Civil Service to deal with the issue. The National Heritage Board should look into the property just like it looks into other properties. LKYs wish should be respected unless this conflicts with the greater good of the nation.

    The Ministers are an overpaid lot with lots of spare time to meddle in this matter. It has been reported that several of them have advised LKY on this matter. Is this done in their spare time or during normal office hours.

    Let this be an eye opener for the PAP government to respect rules and laws and not to abuse their power and be involved in conflict of interest. The role of Ho Ching in this matter should also be looked into.

    LHY and his sister have managed to raise issues on this. Thanks to them.
    The family issue is for them to resolve. Hope that the state of the Lee family is not LKY’s legacy.

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  • Ah Fah:

    As someone rightly says, this is just like Trump appointed a committee to look into his closer ties with Russia. To add a twist to the story, one of them in the committee was the one who made calls to Russia. And, Trump said he would recuse himself from the procedure. Of course, if Trump did not like the outcome, he could fire this committee and form another committee to look into the issue further or in another direction, until he was satisfied with the outcome. After all, it was only done and known by a few people (sorry, we cannot use the word ‘secret’ here in this story). In conclusion, Hsien Yang is right that the committee is ‘fundamentally flawed’.

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  • Respect the law.. no committee:

    It is written in the will.. it is a legal matter which is settled. LHY fully owned it. He can proceed to carry out his Father wishes … the committee is illegal . Which million dollar paid minister doesn’t understand to uphold the judiciary and uphold the law. By joining the committee the ministers forming the committee should be impeach.

    70% now know you voted for a government where there is no check and balances. They do what they want include decide who your next president will be… how dumb can these 70% be … more likely the hardcore 50.9%… the rest inventive votes . Most telling are PS and senior CS arselickers when the “First Lady” came around.. didn’t the PS who is highly paid resist influences?

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  • RDB:

    And they all ministers plus LHL has not seen LKY’s video reasoning to a reporter’s interview of the whys he wants it demolished for practical reason he gave! Who is filial? And cares for all Singaporean? And so it sure goes deeper than just that house and personal opinions. As his sibling challenged his autocratic rule. Big nose Teo so neutral is it?

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  • kampong CHIEF or THIEF:

    He also said the committee has been looking at how the late Mr Lee’s will came to be made and the roles played in this by Mrs Lee Suet Fern – Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s wife – and the law firm that she heads

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    since when does the committee have the right to rule on this????

    when the home of lky was sold by lhl to the 2nd son ?????

    turn here and turn there, regardless ,

    end of day all is MINE !!!

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Who the hell is this Pygmy of a minister trying to be a GIANT heading a committee to look into 38 Oxley???

    LHY & LWL should just have a copy of the will done and paste it on his face and should he fail to understand legal terms get the Sham to interpret for him

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  • LAN CHIAO T'AT CHUI (Hokkien):

    Quote Leong Sze Hiian:

    (1) “He (Cabinet Secretary Tan Kee Yong) also said the committee has been looking at how the late Mr Lee’s will came to be made and THE ROLES PLAYED IN THIS BY MRS LEE SUET FERN – MR LEE HSIEN YANG’S WIFE – AND THE LAW FIRM THAT SHE HEADS” (my capiitals)

    (2) “In respect of Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang’s statement – “We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern” – WHAT DOES “USE OF THE ORGANS OF STATE” MEAN AND WHAT IS IT REFERRING TO?” (my capitals)

    The answer to the question in quote(2) above can apparently be inferred from quote (1). In which case, doesn’t this substantiate and vindicate LWL and LHY’s allegations — “We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern”. ?

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  • Guarantee Demolish LKY's House:

    Do you think the only way to guarantee that LKY’s house is demolished is for LHY & LWL to form the next government?

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  • Better Be Clear On The 6 Pages:

    SIDame: Friend, you are mistaken. 38 Oxley Rd was willed to LHL. LHL then sold it to LHY at market rate, plus an additional condition that LHY donate 50% of the purchase price to charity, making the purchase 150% of market rate paid by LHY. The. LHL “ao bue lai ” (come from behind), using a ministerial committee to take away LHY’s rights to decide on the outcome of the property. (LHY and LWL want to demolish it according to old man’s wishes).

    That’s why now the siblings come out in the open to accuse LHL of using state organs to get his way.

    In the first place, if LHL wants to do it his way, he shouldn’t sell it to LHY, and at such an exorbitant price too.. it’s like he’s punishing his brother for daring to go against his wishes, and using state resources at that too.

    You are wrong, the sibling have equal shares. but big son charge smaller son heaven sum to buy his share over, so that LHY can have ownship to carry out his father’s wish.

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  • TWIST DANCE:

    Is he a split personality? Can be recused officially but not as a private person?

    Crystal clear it’s PAP performance of the twist – a skill they have honed over last 6 decades.

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  • Better Be Clear On The 6 Pages: You are wrong, the sibling have equal shares. but big son charge smaller son heaven sum to buy his share over, so that LHY can have ownship to carry out his father’s wish.

    From LHL’s statutory declaration to his Ministerial Committee:

    “35. As part of efforts to resolve the family disputes amicably, after LWL and LHY expressed unhappiness that 38 Oxley Road had been bequeathed to me following Mr Lee’s passing, I told them that I was prepared to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LWL for a nominal sum of S$1 on the condition that …”

    38 Oxley Road was bequeathed to LHL. According to LKY’s will, he had other properties. Different properties went to each of the children, along with all other assets, to the equivalence of equal share to each, based on the market value at the time of his demise. It has been published elsewhere. Wish I could put the link here for you, but I can’t find it at the moment, given the vast exchange of information to date.

    Actually, go read Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang’s FB. They’ve provided lots of concrete evidence that exposes LHL’s lies and vindictive manner in the handling of this affair.

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  • SELECTIVE INQUIRY:

    Well done, Jee Say! We fully support you call for an Inquiry.

    PAP’s SELECTIVE INQUIRY:
    According to Cabinet Secretary PAP’s Mnisterial Committee “has been looking at how the late Mr Lee’s will came to be made and the roles played in this by Mrs Lee Suet Fern – Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s wife – and the law firm that she heads”. http://www.tremeritus.com/2017/06/18/st-committee-asked-questions-about-how-the-late-mr-lee%E2%80%99s-will-was-prepared/

    They were quick to set up the Ministerial Committe (without public announcement) last July and so keen to carry out the above-said task. But how come they have not seen it fit to set up a Commission of Inquiry into Dr. Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang’s allegations of the PM’s abuse of official power and position for personal agendas?

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  • Blur Fark PM?:

    Hope the PM better don’t question how did favourable clause(s) come about after signing agreements with others, causing much damage to the nation and Sporeans!

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  • LSF the target:

    LSF will kena jialat jialat this time! If she kena, HY also siao liao! But the children are innocent, HL!

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  • oxygen:

    IN THE FIRST PLACE, NOBODY including the social media have establish or justify the fiction that nostalgia is = national heritage, just because a few clandestine meeting took place at location before the party founding. There could be other clandestine meetings smartly held in place of ill-repute in some unsavoury locations (cleverly and deliberately chosen to avoid detection by PAPpys political opponents perhaps) known only to PAST TENSE AND HIS MATES exclusively but they are all gone now. Are these unsavoury places needs to be preserved too of “national heritage” bullsh*t too? If it is national heritage significance of relevance, PAST TENSE would not be recklessly irresponsible to have publicly assert he wants to demolish a place of national heritage. HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO THIS COUNTRY – disregarding differences of political perspectives.

    On the other side of the coin, LHY IS, OF COURSE, CORRECT to all finality.

    The zoological species in contention otherwise must be stupid to think that PERVERSION and morality is one and the SAME THING!

    If the demolition clause is even denied of authenticity, it does INVALIDATE the entire will, and hence the sale of 38 Oxley Road to LHY. The estates, including 38 Oxley Road, reverts back to PAST TENSE.

    AND PAST TENSE HAS SAID REPEATEDLY – REGARDLESS OF THE WILL – more than once in public records and this is NOT refuted by anyone, he wants that place to be demolished.

    SO it will, by operation of the law, and in accordance with the wishes of the prior owners – PST TENSE AND HIS WIFE – be demolished.

    THE DEMOLITION OF 38 Oxley Road is NOT conditional upon the Will – PAST TENSE COULD HAVE SHIFTED BEFORE HE DEPARTED AND HAVE THAT PLACE DEMOLISHED. Who can stop the lawful owner of demolishing his own house?

    So why m*sturbate this futility via State intervention – unless it is a fouled organized move to frustrate the Will by deception ( LHY’s allegation of abuse of power proven??) and the State by foul legislation move to compulsorily acquire it (again another proof of abuse of power alleged by LHY again???) at huge loss to LHY?

    BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF CASH AND OTHER ASSETS reverted OF PAST TENSE? It CAN’T be stolen by stealth, right? To steal the asset and money of the departed – no matter whose – IS BELOW CONTEMPT.

    YOU CAN CIRCLE A SQUARE BUT JUST TELL THE DUMDFARKED ZOOLOGICAL SPECIES THAT EVEN DEVILISH LAW KNOWS YOU CAN’T SQUARE A CIRCLE.

    What devilish intrigue is going on? When is this going to stop so that the will of PAST TENSE AS HIS LAST UNFINISHED BUSINESS of request is faithfully respected?

    I have compelling apprehension that here is no winner, only losers in this seeming debacle.

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  • opposition dude:

    If you believe goondu Loong’s recused excuse then you are daft.

    No way is he not going to have the final say in the house’s fate. He needs the house more than the house needs him as there is nothing else he can hinge on that is a physical embodiment of his dad.

    He knows he hasn’t done jack shit since he entered politics, he was cruising along up to his dad’s passing and now that his final support is gone he needs as much of a physical connection to his dad who is held in high regard.

    Looks like someone is really desperate to leave something for future generations to write about.

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  • MarBowling:

    AT this juncture, One Big Fiacking Q not brought up for SCRUTINY: WHO (shouldn’t be a group of people BUT FROM ONE PERSON ONLY) the Hell (or ANGEL) is the PERSON WHO HAS INITIATED this “SECRET MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE” to look see look see and to consider options with respect to 38, Oxley Road and their implications! Very CLEARLY looks like THAT PERSON has a very STRONG FEELING things might turn Nasty and the eventual outcome won’t be ideal and BENEFINCIAL to him and FAMILEE. No wonder he has to use the state organ in the form of a secret ministerial committee(Plan B) to help him in case Plan A fails! HoLee shit$.

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