Lee Kuan Yew’s last wish and the rule of law

I refer to the articles “Lee Wei Ling, Lee Hsien Yang threatened to air dispute during GE, said PM Lee Hsien Loong“, “PM Lee Hsien Loong details ‘deeply troubling’ way Lee Kuan Yew’s will was made“, “PM Lee Hsien Loong sets out timeline of events in the making of and execution of Lee Kuan Yew’s will“, “Lee Wei Ling disputes PM Lee Hsien Loong’s account of her reaction to changes to her father’s will“, “Lee Hsien Yang says PM Lee Hsien Loong lied in Parliament or to committee” and “PM Lee Hsien Loong questions the role of brother, wife in making of final will” (Straits Times, Jun 16).

The international media has been feverishly reporting on the “family feud” (this is the term used by most of the international media), and argubly making a mockery of Singapore’s sterling reputation which was built over the last 51 years.

After scores of pages of statements by both sides, including the Government – the nation has arguably, become deeply divided by this issue, and in the interest of national unity moving forward – I would like to humbly give my layman’s thoughts on this issue.

If there is rule of law in a country – there should only be one issue and one solution – is the will of our late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew valid?

And therefore, only a court of law can determine this, provided the parties involved submit themselves to go through the proper legal process.

Any other way may arguably be – not the rule of law, but “rule by law”.

(Reference: Prosperity versus individual rights, Human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Singapore, July, 2008, International Bar Association (IBA))

It should not be decided, or in a way be decided by proxy debate, by a specially formed ministerial committee (which was not made known to Singaporeans), the Government, or the media.

In this connection, although it may be in a different context from its original intention – perhaps we should focus on “The name or image or likeness of Mr Lee Kuan Yew should be accorded dignity and respect” (“Name and image of Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew“, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) – National Identity).

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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34 Responses to “Lee Kuan Yew’s last wish and the rule of law”

  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    This should be settled by Singaporeans at the ballot box. It is now clear that the PAP (and the Lee family) have screwed Singaporeans big-time. Time for regime change. Throw out the PAP thugs and their stooges in Parliament.

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  • Amos: 1 PAP: 0:

    The Lee family saga proves that there is no accountability in Singapore because of the lack of openness and transparency. As Catherine Lim rightly pointed out, PAP will never change. So the only solution is REGIME CHANGE. Singaporeans should throw out the PAP at the next GE. VTO.

    Lastly, remember WP is PAP Team “B”. Do not waste your vote on WP.

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  • Phoenix reborn:

    I have a simple solution.

    The pap has always maintained that our pioneer generation has played a very big part in building our nation. Now it’s time for the pap to really walk the walk.

    My simple solution therefore is: demolish the house and in it’s place, build a monument as a memorial for our pioneer generation.

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  • billyma:

    Lhl just like lky believed they’re above every law in this country.

    So it’s quite pointless to talk about laws with lhl.

    Even if lhl pretend to follow the laws, lhl can simply & easily change the laws to suit his fancy

    And of course there’s all the PAP ministers really to jump in to hold the hands of their big boss.

    Maybe some big guns in cabinet are now setting up a cabinet committee to look into how to help their big boss.
    And yes this is just a normal routine practice among the world class salaried PAP ministers way to get promotions & bonus.

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  • Sharon Ann Gabriel:

    The rule of law is a sine qua non of a civilised society. The last wish of the Patriarch must be respected. Dr Lee and LHY must have realised that the rule of law may be circumvented and decided to air their grievances openly to involve the citizens and the rest of the world. This strategy will force PM Lee to tread carefully as his integrity and international standing are at stake.

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  • oxygen:

    I WONDER SOMETIMES WHAT THOSE PEASANTRY WHO CRIED A THUNDERSTORM unashamedly on public streets in front of PAST TENSE’s passing funeral carriage FINAL FAREWELL MOMENT has what to say now. What do they think of those who failed his last request of unfinished business and how his family have shattered in tatters on the public and global stage?

    Surely PAST TENSE would be thunderous FURIOUS at these debacle. Many within his own tribe whom he must have thought to be his die-hard loyalists when he was alive have turned the page at this most difficult and painful moment – treachery that must be unthinkable in his further contemplation which he must bitterly feels now if he is alive.

    HAS POLITICS AND MONEY no loyalty to even party faith?

    What he built for 50 years is now burnt wreckage and destroyed from WITHIN – not opposition politics or from external threats overwhelmed this nation.

    THE WORLD IS STUNNED IN DISBELIEF.

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  • rukidding:

    Unfortunately,….it is only YOU know, …we Know…but HE & his GANG don’t know ?

    And “funnily”…..these are the very same people who will “throw the Law” at you and make you “disappear” ???

    You may think they don’t know,……but they actually Know !

    Act blur and hoping to Cuntfused everone and get away with it.

    Its Retribution….they all learned those “dirty stuff” from their Real Master LKY.

    Now,…Karma is “returning” and “doing it back” to LKY’s own family.

    Nothing surprising .

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  • xndua:

    talk cock sing song, no head no tail, eat banana

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  • The Real Issue:

    Dear all
    The real issue is not the Oxley house or LKY’s wishes or will.

    The real issues are:
    1) checks and balances on the power of government.
    2) ownership of private property.
    Can the government confiscate our property against our wishes?

    3) does Singapore have an impeachment process in place to remove a government that has gone rogue?
    - example like America’s impeachment process
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment

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  • FireFromHell:

    By now, the richest paid man in the political world(simply call him the rich man) would have been much wiser where he went. In his time, he was a powerful father. He said…I will rise, from my grave, if I have to..to fix things. He could, since where he went, his eyes would have been opened.

    But a Jew, denied him. He said to the rich man…they have stone, they have rain. You had told the people, man shall not live by bread alone, which came from stone…and they had not listen, let them deal with the….bread they have been living on.

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  • UNcle Lim:

    How terribly ironic that both the dead dictator and his wife enjoyed the freedoms accorded by democracy during their student days in U.K. but set up an authoritarian Govt in SG.

    It’s indeed tragic that our judges and LawSoc allowed themselves to influenced by the dead dictator, his son and familee.

    SG urgently needs reforms in all spheres and Sporeans must ensure they never ever allow ONE party to dominate the political life here.

    The Goon has put our economy at great risk with his out of touch behaviour, greed, repressive tendencies, cronyism, nepotism and erratic conduct.

    He has to go along with the whole tainted PAP.

    May true patriots step forward to SERVE the country. Your greatest satisfaction is in knowing you are doing good for the country.

    We no longer want greedy people who are Politicians only for the money.

    For all his brilliance, the late dictator tainted his place in history by equating public service with a large remuneration.

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  • Karma chameleon:

    Remember when LHL point his finger at China to “respect the rule of law”. Did he realise how many fingers are pointing at himself?

    Why want to act class when you are no different from the one you are accusing?

    And yes, other countries are laughing at us. How many countries did the ministers and its propaganda mouthpiece MSM mocked over the years?

    Remember LSS ‘heng ah’ trying to compare Singapore and Malaysia?

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  • Kick Them All Out:

    Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:
    This should be settled by Singaporeans at the ballot box. It is now clear that the PAP (and the Lee family) have screwed Singaporeans big-time. Time for regime change. Throw out the PAP thugs and their stooges in Parliament.

    Ballot box also not the good way now. How could one be sure that it will not be rigged? There were rumours but from the look of it now , anything is possible with the current government, as long as it serves their corrupt purpose.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    The RULE by law is an agenda by interested selfish people regardless of the Rule of law…

    PM should sue his siblings to PROVE he is CLEAN & HONOURABLE if NOT he is GUILTY as HELL!!!

    and…the System should STAY OUT of it and that includes All IDIOTIC MINISTERS

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  • Oxleymoron facts:

    Karma chameleon: Remember when LHL point his finger at China to “respect the rule of law”.

    The difference between China and Singapore is that the law here can be changed at will. Worse, the sitting AG can be retired at age 60, to be replaced by another past retirement age. Lagi worst, the DPM can released the highly guarded details of a secret committee, and then say in a straight face, now you know, so where got what secret committee.

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  • The Rule of LAW:

    The Minister of Law has suggested to Hsien Yang to ask a lawyer to write to him. Any volunteer?

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  • Dishonourable son:

    Sharon Ann Gabriel: The last wish of the Patriarch must be respected.

    The bible says clearly in Deuteronomy 5:16
    “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you.”

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  • Sick n tired:

    We shd be like the s.koreans ..how they took to the streets in peaceful protests for more than a month demanding their president to step down..
    The PM shd just step down now graciously , or shamefully later..he shd choose wisely.plus,…..
    He and the wife should stand before an enquiry for their hand in our country going down the tubes.
    We the common sgs should have a say on who n how we want to run our country.
    This country is much much more than just LKY and his family.
    Yes we learn n respect the legacy he left but life is about change n renewal.
    We need new blood n new ‘everything’…to push our sg forward again.
    Make singapore great again…w/o the Lees..
    Enough is enough..

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  • ByeByeLaw:

    The Rule of LAW:
    The Minister of Law has suggested to Hsien Yang to ask a lawyer to write to him. Any volunteer?

    No need for him to suggest anything. LHY is already waiting for Shan’s lawyer letter since day 1. The government is either ball-less to sue or guilty as charged.

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  • The Fifth Commandment:

    It’s amazing how the hole gets bigger and bigger. The parties should sit down and ask themselves one honest question – “Does Papa want us to demolish the house?”. If the honest answer is “Yes”, please honour the wish of thy father.

    If LKY had demolished the house while he was alive, would anyone have dared challenge his wish? Would anyone even dared to suggest that it should be kept for posterity?

    We are the laughing stock of the world. Enough is enough.

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  • nathan:

    No way PM Lee would not have known that the incumbent Charles Chong standing in Punggol East smc was striken with liver cancer yet he was allowed by the PM to contest in the 2015 GE. PM Lee, you are no gentleman either. So,don’t call this pot black and that pot black.

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  • LIONS:

    uh ok,tomorrow,we shall send a demolition team to 38 oxLEE to tear it down.
    but,we will check whats ‘underground’ at the basement.

    we will LEEport to sgs?

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  • Sperm whale:

    Karma chameleon:
    Remember when LHL point his finger at China to “respect the rule of law”. Did he realise how many fingers are pointing at himself?

    Why want to act class when you are no different from the one you are accusing?

    And yes, other countries are laughing at us. How many countries did the ministers and its propaganda mouthpiece MSM mocked over the years?

    Remember LSS ‘heng ah’ trying to compare Singapore and Malaysia?

    Should ask the 70% about this also. Why they gave mandate until resulted in absolute ruled by or of law.

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  • One Belt One Pants:

    oxygen:
    I WONDER SOMETIMES WHAT THOSE PEASANTRY WHO CRIED A THUNDERSTORM unashamedly on public streets in front of PAST TENSE’s passing funeral carriage FINAL FAREWELL MOMENT has what to say now. What do they think of those who failed his last request of unfinished business and how his family have shattered in tatters on the public and global stage?

    Surely PAST TENSE would be thunderous FURIOUS at these debacle. Many within his own tribe whom he must have thought to be his die-hard loyalists when he was alive have turned the page at this most difficult and painful moment – treachery that must be unthinkable in his further contemplation which he must bitterly feels now if he is alive.

    HAS POLITICS AND MONEY no loyalty to even party faith?

    What he built for 50 years is now burnt wreckage and destroyed from WITHIN – not opposition politics or from external threats overwhelmed this nation.

    THE WORLD IS STUNNED IN DISBELIEF.

    I FEEL VERY ASHAMED BY OUR LEADER.
    WHERE CAN I HIDE MY FACE ?
    HOW CAN I HOLD MY HEAD HIGH WHEN FACING FOREIGNERS AND WHEN OVERSEAS?

    I FEEL LIKE THEY ARE LAUGHING AT US.

    LIKE THIS WHERE GOT SHIOK?

    NEWS OVERSEAS REPORT BETTER AND MORE THOUROUGHLY THAN SG NEWS.

    ARE WE A lAUGHING STOCK?

    Ah Gong, where are you to protect us?

    Uncle Sam, where are you?

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  • N.Jungne:

    The Rule of LAW:
    The Minister of Law has suggested to Hsien Yang to ask a lawyer to write to him.

    Response: Your lawyer must accompany you to his MPS

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  • oxygen:

    @ One Belt One Pants

    AUTHORITARIANISM IS LITERALLY as PAST TENSE final memoir stated of his book title – ONE MAN’s VIEW of the World – isolated, totally flawed and hallucination of his own mythical wonderland fiction.

    Those he groomed from nothing to power and rich harvest of money access in the Imperial Palace turned on him in his grave. His fantasy of “Eastern Values” proves to be his nemesis – imploded for the world to see – the ultimate humiliation.

    In liberal western culture of caring for humanity but each person and each generation among siblings and in the family earns his/her own (Bill Gates & Mark Zuckerberg as examples leaving nothing for the next generation beyond an education) – values which PAST TENSE despised when he was alive – this tragedy of Shakespearean proportion would have escaped him. His legacy is now like shattered piece of a smashed wine glass on the hard floor – irreparable.

    The country he left behind is laughed at by neighbors and the world – the artificial beauties that dotted this little red dot is exactly that – just artificial beauties. Its inhabitants living in fear of a disintegrating economy and uncertain future – the consequences of his putting loyalists instead of real talent in political governance. No dissent is tolerated but sooner or later, the failures will implode in one form or another.

    SO HOW DOES “aH gONG,….GOING TO PROTECT US??

    One Belt One Pants: I FEEL VERY ASHAMED BY OUR LEADER.
    WHERE CAN I HIDE MY FACE ?
    HOW CAN I HOLD MY HEAD HIGH WHEN FACING FOREIGNERS AND WHEN OVERSEAS?
    I FEEL LIKE THEY ARE LAUGHING AT US.
    LIKE THIS WHERE GOT SHIOK?
    NEWS OVERSEAS REPORT BETTER AND MORE THOUROUGHLY THAN SG NEWS.
    ARE WE A lAUGHING STOCK?
    Ah Gong, where are you to protect us?
    Uncle Sam, where are you?

    HE CAN’T EVEN LOOK AFTER HIMSELF! hE CAN’T EVEN KEEP HIS OWN PANTS ON with his one belt he used to whip those who dare dissents him. The victims of his “NOBLE DEED” of Marxist Conspiracy unlawful treachery know this.

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    Demolished 38 oxley rd house which is a symbol of pure evil and LKY understood himself. That is the reason why he wanted it to be demolished. If 38 oxley rd house = KLY legacy = operation coldstore and operation spectrum. Only demolition of the house will give some closing to those suffered under LKY regime.

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  • justacitizen:

    Dishonourable son: The bible says clearly in Deuteronomy 5:16
    “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you.”

    Ask all your Christian cabinet ministers and MPs to tell their boss how much they believe that.
    ” With their mouths they praise and worship GOD, but their heart is far from HIM”
    “Chose you this day whom you will serve, if the LORD then serve HIM, if Baal then serve him”
    “You cannot serve both GOD and mammon.”

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Sick n tired:
    We shd be like the s.koreans ..how they took to the streets in peaceful protests for more than a month demanding their president to step down..
    The PM shd just step down now graciously , or shamefully later..he shd choose wisely.plus,…..
    He and the wife should stand before an enquiry for their hand in our country going down the tubes.
    We the common sgs should have a say on who n how we want to run our country.
    This country is much much more than just LKY and his family.
    Yes we learn n respect the legacy he left but life is about change n renewal.
    We need new blood n new ‘everything’…to push our sg forward again.
    Make singapore great again…w/o the Lees..
    Enough is enough..

    Well said.

    To echo Shame Morgan, we are sick and tired of one familee. But we are very much interested in the familee feud, Shame Morgan.

    You read the ground wrongly.

    Is that how ministers feedback to The Goon: People like you?

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  • What a joke:

    The Rule of LAW:
    The Minister of Law has suggested to Hsien Yang to ask a lawyer to write to him. Any volunteer?

    This must be the joke of the century. A Minister of Law actually asking a lawyer to spar with him. I get it – either he was dropped on his head when he was a child, or born stupid.

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  • When a political party loses:

    When a political party liars its grin on power . The winning opposition will descecrate the memorial , obviously KY know it is a matter of tine ; the son is not calculating any such ways .. it is not unusual fir memorials to be torn up once an incumbent lusss power – remember Sadaam statues were dragged through the streets. KY must hv known and therefore there is no business of these highly paid politician to meander with his will. HY knew what his father wants

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  • concerned reader:

    Just went through some comments on the FB statement by LHL about his statement in parliament on July 3rd. If those people who praise him like a god are not paid to post such comments, then it clearly shows how brainwashed most (70%) Singaporeans are. And of course, big nose Teo set up this secret committee on his own, since he was just in the mood to do so. If all these liars are allowed to run the country any further, it will end in a disaster and the house of cards will collapse.

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  • Wolaiye:

    EASY SOLUTION?

    I offer a quicky and cheap solution to Dr Lee.

    Since you live in 38 Oxley Rd and the house is in your possession, do what you can do NOW to fulfill lky’s wish instead of waiting for this Committee to forfeit them. No one is interested in things you have in your own bedroom. So you can keep them as they are. However, for all other significant items in lky’s bedroom and the living room, and all the furniture that are associated with him, replace them and get rid of them. Move them to LHY’s place or donote them to relatives. Give to LHL his share if he demands it. But get them all out of 38 Oxley Rd! Also, demolish or fully re-furbish that famous basement so that it doesn’t look anything like it is now. No need for you and LHY to fight with the Committee or LHL. Do it now while you still can and they can’t stop you.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Dishonourable son: The bible says clearly in Deuteronomy 5:16
    “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you.”

    Agreed!!! and the younger siblings are whitewashing the sins of the Father to Honor their Parents as filial children and they deserve Blessings from God

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