The PAP case against the Siblings

In the saga between the siblings and PM Lee, the PAP advocates are again out in force and spewing more vitriol than sense. They claim that the siblings wanted the house demolished cause it will make money. What are the facts?

a)       Money

It is clear that Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) wanted the house demolished immediately after the reading of the Last Will. Below an extract from PM Lee’s summary of the Statutory Declarations to the Ministerial Committee.

“24. It was also during the reading of the Last Will on 12 April 2015 that the dispute between LHY and me arose. At the reading, LHY repeatedly insisted on the immediate demolition of the House. I said that such a move so soon after Mr Lee’s passing, when the public’s emotions were still raw, might force the Government to promptly react by deciding to gazette the House, and that would not be in the interests of Mr Lee’s legacy or Singapore. That discussion only ended when HC intervened to ask LWL if she wanted to continue living in the House. LWL said she did, which made the question of demolition moot. LHY then stopped insisting on the immediate demolition of the House.”

When LHY wanted the house demolished, the house still belonged to PM LHL. But LHY can asked for the house to be demolished as the executor of LKY’s Last Will, since LKY did ask for the house to be demolished. PM LHL then threatened to use the government to gazette the house. I don’t think LHY appreciated that.

Now, it is said that PM LHL and his wife didn’t like the fact that Dr Lee Wei Ling (LWL) was allowed, to stay in the house. And some agreement was made whereby LHY bought the house at market value plus another 50% to charity. PM LHL also donated 50% to charity. Who got the better deal?

If LWL who is only 62 stayed in the house till her death, that would mean that the house is ‘unproductive’ as an investment for 20 to 30 years. The house is estimated at SGD $24 million and plus another 50% which is SGD $12 million, total is SGD $ 36 million paid out by LHY. Who is the better brother? And LHY is just 3 years younger than LWL, how long is he supposed to live beyond the sister?

So for those who think that LHY stands to gain from demolishing the house, use your head not your slavish mindset.

b)      LKY’s intention

Extract from PM Lee’s summary of Statutory Declarations. “41. LWL and LHY claim that Mr Lee was not prepared to consider any option other than the demolition of the House.  For that they rely heavily on the insertion of the Demolition Clause in the Last Will.  In light of the troubling circumstances set out above, I believe it is necessary to go beyond the Last Will in order to establish what Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking and wishes were in relation to the House. “

There is something quite unreal about PM Lee insistence that LKY might have changed his mind with regards to the demolishing of the house. Because even DPM Teo Chee Hean and Goh Chok Tong in their statements clearly felt that LKY wanted his house demolished.

Goh Chok Tong: “I have read DPM Teo Chee Hean’s statement explaining the setting up of the ministerial committee to study the future status of 38 Oxley Road. Sometime last year, he had shared with me the range of options he was exploring. I advised him to respect Lee Kuan Yew’s wish but agreed that it would be disrespectful of our own heritage to just demolish the house for it to be replaced by a commercial building or another private residence…”

Goh Chok Tong said that he advised DPM Teo to respect LKY’s wish, but agreed that demolishing the house would be disrespectful of our heritage. So, no one is in doubt of LKY’s wish that he wanted the house demolished.

c)       The Last Will

LHY had said that the Last Will was not prepared by his wife’s company but by Kwa Kim Li. But Ms Kwa had denied this.

“Ms Kwa, the managing partner of the Lee & Lee law firm, had prepared the previous six versions of the will of the late Mr Lee who died on March 23, 2015, at the age of 91. When contacted on Friday night, Ms Kwa, who is currently overseas, told The Straits Times: “I did not prepare the last will.” [ ST 17 Jun ]

I think this is something that LHY needs to explain. The only explanation he made was that the Last Will is similar to the first will, and that was prepared by Ms Kwa. But for me this is a procedural not a material fact.

It is immaterial because LKY’s wish to demolish the house is irrefutable.

d)      The Ministerial Committee

The siblings had referred to the Ministerial Committee looking to ‘gazette’ LKY’s house as a secret committee. I think this angst clearly stems from the day when the Last Will was read and when PM LHL threatened to gazette the house when LHY wanted to demolish it.

But what is curious is this, according to the Straits Times:

“The law allows the Government to preserve the house as a national monument. Under the Preservation of Monuments Act, the National Heritage Board (NHB) can ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth to gazette the property, if it fulfils criteria such as having historic, cultural, traditional, archaeological, architectural, artistic or symbolic significance and national importance.” [ ST 18 Jun ]

The normal procedure is that the NHB, a statutory board of experts/civil servants made the recommendations. A kind of arms-length from politics. And LHY has a point when he said that the Ministerial Committee is not the right forum to decide on the fate of LKY’s house, it should have been made by the NHB.

Thus, is it not surprising then that people would see this Ministerial Committee acting out of political impulse rather than out of history and heritage.

When you think about it. What would be the reasons that the siblings turn against their brother? There is no monetary gains, no social or political mileage, in fact, they have alot to lose. And when you go down to logic, it can only be that they care about what their parents wanted and perhaps they do have a sincere suspicion that PM LHL wanted a dynasty.

Update: ‘Lee family feud comes at ‘great personal cost’, but needed due to ‘broken social compact’: Lee Hsien Yang [ SCMP 19 Jun ]

BK

 

 

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24 Responses to “The PAP case against the Siblings”

  • Already so rich but no satisfi:

    Already so rich and still not satisfied?
    Is million salary suffice?

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    “In the saga between the siblings and PM Lee, the PAP advocates are again out in force and spewing more vitriol than sense.” BK
    These PAP zealots are a worrisome lot. They are causing irreparable harm because they are people who believe in every word from their grassroots leaders to the pro-govt mass media. They don’t recognize that we are all of one country. Failure to respect that creates – a civil war.
    These zealots remind us of “Brownshirts” (Braunhemden) of Nazi Germany – a disruptive force who help Hitler in his quest for absolute power. Many Brownshirts believed in the socialist promise of the Nazi doctrine; they had expected the Nazi regime to break up the vast landed estates of the aristocracy & share it with them. But once Hitler achieved supreme power, the Brownshirts were no longer required. This culminated in the Night of the Long Knives.
    Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmabteilung

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    It will be a sad day to have such an evil dictator to be remembered who started operation coldstore and operation spectrum.

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  • Greedy Loonie Should Resign:

    It is clear cut that greedy Loonie is out serving his own political agenda.
    Not just this instance but a series of past events that Loonie abused his power and use the state against critics.
    Now Loonie is out to obfuscate and create doubts on the issue, as well as demonizing his siblings. These tactics are not new at all, it’s only new in that it’s used against the familee.

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  • Thinking ahead:

    Even LKY said that LWL takes after him, including looks and all. Meaning, she will be living till 90 and beyond. Ergo, she’ll outlive the brother and thwart his plans for idolatry. 38 Oxley Road will be a dump covered by overgrown trees. Not exactly the monument to be hero worshipped and trotted out to invoke the glorious past. The people he victimsed may not have a tombstone to piss on, but the standing walls will do just fine.

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  • blackforestw/cherryontop:

    I totally agree with this writer. The youngest had nothing to gain. He paid $36 million for that real estate! Ok, so it’s district 9 and the history behind it. However, quite shabby looking in today’s standard. Of course, no need to maintain the place since you know what…

    I watched the two grandsons giving the eulogy again on youtube… I must say the son of LHY is the more eloquent one. Very controlled speech, intelligent and well thought out. But most obvious thing is, he spoke without looking at any notes! He delivered heart felt sentiments. Has a very honest face and excellent decorum. Mummy didn’t run up to hand him any tissue.

    Of course, he is a threat. He won hands down compared to his cousin.

    Yup, the siblings knew the eldest best. There’s sincere suspicion that a dynasty was in the plans a long time ago…

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    The allegations made by LYL and LSH of LHL’s (and Ho Ching’s) abuse of power and lying to Parliament and to the Committee and Amos victory in US court proves that LHL cannot be trusted. It is that simple. LKY made it clear in his will he wants his house demolished. LHL says to look beyond this. And what is really beyond this is his and Ho Ching’s hidden agenda. Should stop wasting time and taxpayers’ money on this. Just follow LKY’s wish and demolish his house asap. In a few year’s time also demolish the PAP at the next GE and bury it with LKY. Close the book on LKY, the Lee family and PAP so Singapore can move on to be a real democracy where Singaporeans comes first, not free-loading, deadbeat foreigners.

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  • Doggie:

    Already so rich but no satisfi:
    Already so rich and still not satisfied?
    Is million salary suffice?

    it is not about $, most likely pink dragon wants a godlike legacy, you know, like the maunsade where the Kim father and son statue stands and all visitors must bow to it. Or like Turkmenbashi,s rotating statue following the sun. I am sure he secretly wished old man was not cremeated but body preserved, and can be put on display like mao, ho and kim.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    M/s Kwa of L & L did not amend the LAST WILL(7th)but the 6th was prepared by her for amendment as the Final Will(7th) by LKY & Siblings LHY & LWL and she Kwa was told by LKY to add in the amendment…

    You say I say she say BUT whose Final say was it??? Non-other than The Man Himself LKY more than one year before his passing…

    Why the HooHaaa NOW if there is NO Agenda???

    Father, The Patriarch of Lee & LEE, Lee FamiLee and supposedly the STATE of Singapore INC with 2nd son & daughter

    AGAINST… a Dishonourable son & wife seeking support from his cronies???

    The People would like to know leh!! and don’t you believe the Sham that the public is sick & tired he can speak for his own personal self but NOT the PUBLIC

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  • simpleton:

    When the many families turned up in droves just 2 years ago to pay their farewell respects to LKY, they were not disingenuous. How many will now follow through in respecting the last will/wish of LKY & KGC ? How many now are allowing his name to be tarnished by the innuendo that HE (a Cambridge educated Lawyer with an intellect that was world class did not know what HE was doing and could be tricked.? Who would had dared to trick him when He was alive ? Is his initial not on the demolition para of the last Will ?

    Of course, the Ruling Govt could enforce whatever heritage status to whatever structure it deem appropriate and explain that the individual wish cannot prevail over the heritage of the nation. So just say that LKY wish/will is not above that of the Nation’s Heritage, Sorry. Why is it necessary then for this noble Committee to cast aspersion on the validity of a Will probated at the High Court of Singapore that remains unchallenged ? (Tripping on their own inner wears ?).

    Move on and let this heritage stands with all its controversies. Each family can now pass down to their own generation on a monument where the Rule of Law prevails over the wish of the Deceased Founding Father. Furthermore, there is the additional wish that this heritage site should not be for the public but for only the descendants of the Lee (Look like LKY had the foresight to mitigate force against his wish; well done !)

    Let it be a heritage site, who cares, but not for those who honor LKY. (Hope the genuine natives that were in remorse make this clear to their Natural Aristocrats).

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  • rukidding:

    Definitely a “spoilt brat” since childhood,….evrything was laid on a silver spoon ….every path,….every working positions since NS days.

    Like a “Superman”…Drum Major…to BG…PeeM .( all prepared by others )

    Too late,…a “Monster” was “created” by his own Father and Mother

    He “learned” all the “tricks” from Pa and Ma .

    He “learned” how to “exert”. “abused” , “threatened” …and WIN !

    Over time,…you think , you are GOD ?

    The same old story like ASSAD , MARCOS , SADDAM , HITLER .

    So,….what’s NEW ?

    70% Dafts …I should say,..Blind Dafts….asked for it themselves.

    Not too late to make a REGIME CHANGE !

    The POWER is in your hands….as long as NEW Sillyzeans “wakes up” and truly wants to be a Upright New Citizen !

    Otherwise…..its a gonna !

    Better join back the Federation !

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  • NotMyProblem:

    First thing first. The secret Ministerial Committee has no business in this family private matter. The committee must be dissolved immediately. Don’t waste any more tax payers money!!

    If this Committee loves to poke its nose into this, why not investigate if the First Lady, who “holds no elected or official position in government, her influence is pervasive, and extends well beyond her job purview”.

    Also, confirm if LHL “misuse of power at the very top”.

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  • Spot on:

    PAP has the mandate: It will be a sad day to have such an evil dictator to be remembered who started operation coldstore and operation spectrum.

    You nailed it. The old fart does not want the people to remember about Operation Coldstore or the “do-gooders” who were branded MArxist Conspirators. Old of sight, out of mind. Hence, 38 Oxley Road must be levelled to rubble like the iconic National Library building.

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  • 两手遮天:

    Loonie and She man… and a monkey.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    When the ol man was around, everyone, bar none, hung on to his every word. His words were gospel !!!

    Now that he ain’t ………. around, everyone, especially those in their lofty ministerial residences occupying a few thousand acres of swampland decide that the now “dead man’s” words and wishes should be duly ignored ……….. for the better good of tradition and heritage.

    If the house is “gazetted”, perhaps the “successful “mutineers” should contemplate putting up a huge sign, “Preserved against the wishes of the previous owners”.
    **
    *****

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  • millennial:

    LKY will it to be demolished. If not done, he wished it not to be opened to the Public. He wish that no one will evict LWL, if she wants to stay. Apart from the Will, He had made so many public statements reiterating his Wish.

    Yes, Rule of Law so let it stay as a heritage site but is it so difficult to understand that this heritage site has nothing to with his legacy nor to be associated with Him ?

    70% of the baby boomers are just pathetic.

    p.s. the much revered first Prime Minister of China (Zhou En Lai) also insisted that there shall be no monuments to his Name. That’s the test of Greatness…Nation before self, however controversial that self maybe for history to judge.

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  • LIONS:

    how to make him ‘FATHER OF NATION’ when the KID he brought up is so DISOBEDIENT?

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  • 骗的传人:

    骗龙不能和两个弟妹和皆相处。又怎能領導国家和五百万人民。骗龙该辞聀下台。

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  • kingsgrove:

    simpleton:
    Move on and let this heritage stands with all its controversies. Each family can now pass down to their own generation on a monument where the Rule of Law prevails over the wish of the Deceased Founding Father.

    A monument of shame!

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  • justacitizen:

    <blockquote cite="comment-

    p.s. the much revered first Prime Minister of China (Zhou En Lai) also insisted that there shall be no monuments to his Name. That’s the test of Greatness…Nation before self, however controversial that self maybe for history to judge.

    Really!! And LKY is great? And because of his “greatness” he did not want any monument enact for himself?
    Don’t be a simpleton!
    History will be the final judge. Especially historians from a distance future which have the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and have nothing to fear.
    Already, there are commentators from other countries who see LKY in a much different light than the daft 70% here.

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  • Bebe:

    The d.son very cunning leh.
    On one hand he said its a private affair, on the other hand he chose to argue his case in parliament.
    If it’s a private affair, why argue in parliament and waste parliament time?
    Is it true whatever he said in parliament cannot be used against him in the court of law?

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  • oxygen:

    TO AVOID DOUBT OF DYNASTIC POLITICS and its manifestations, amendments must be made to our national Constitutions which will require that

    - no person can hold the office of Prime Minister by more than 2 terms and

    - no two person from the same family can hold the office of Prime Minister within a space of 20 years.

    Dynastic politics, political hegemony and longevity have done MONUMENTAL GRIEVOUS DAMAGE to Sinkieland – failed policies continued for decades in authoritarian rule instead of adapting to changes outside.

    The economy maxed out, restructuring failed and CFE clueless of the way forward YET THERE IS NO CHANGE IN EVEN ONE PILLAR OF THOSE FAILED ECONOMIC POLICY FROM CPF, PUBLIC HOUSING TO POPULATION RECYCLING ECONOMICS TO CURTAILMENT OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH TO PRESS INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM.

    The country is going down the sewers.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Millennial

    VERY INTERESTING OBSERVATION – there is no sign of statue of Zhou En Lai in public spaces in China, only Mao Tze Tung. Ah Tiongs in China simply walked around him and pretending his statue is not there. I suspect that those who hated Mao might have pretentious take a look at him, then turn around (to leave) and give him a BIG SMELLY FART in greeting!!

    HILARIOUS!!!

    millennial: LKY will it to be demolished. If not done, he wished it not to be opened to the Public. He wish that no one will evict LWL, if she wants to stay. Apart from the Will, He had made so many public statements reiterating his Wish.
    Yes, Rule of Law so let it stay as a heritage site but is it so difficult to understand that this heritage site has nothing to with his legacy nor to be associated with Him ?
    70% of the baby boomers are just pathetic.
    p.s. the much revered first Prime Minister of China (Zhou En Lai) also insisted that there shall be no monuments to his Name. That’s the test of Greatness…Nation before self, however controversial that self maybe for history to judge.

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  • Questionable will can sell meh:

    Frankly when LHL sold the house to LHY as part of the negotiation deal, doesn’t that alone meant that he had no doubts about validity of the will ? Because if he had so many doubts about it, how can he agree to sell his portion of the estate to the brother in the first place ?

    And how come after selling the house, suddenly he is raising so many questions about the will and setting up the committee to ask so many questions on his behalf ? And to say that nothing is secret about the committee gives the lie away because no such information was ever revealed to the public ? Why need to be so secretive if it is a public committee ?

    Are those questions raised not afterthoughts he & the committee can think of to rebut the siblings and to cast doubts about the role of his sister-in-law ? If this is indeed the afterthoughts, then obviously someone is abusing his authority without the least doubt ?

    What do you think ?

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