House of Lee: Fallen For Good?

The House of Lee was the house of the almighty, the house of reverence, the house of omnipotence. Then it came crashing down like a pack of cards soon after the passing of Lee Kuan Yew.

With the current contempt of court proceedings against Li Shengwu, son of Lee Hsien Yang, it looks like the Lee family feud is far from over. In fact it seems more and more likely that the House of Lee may never be patched up again.

What are we to make of all this? Sure, many of us have our family problems. But the House of Lee? It was presided over by someone who was more deity than human being, who always knew what to do, who was always a step or two ahead of everyone else.

And his eldest son took the cue from the father. In February 2016, PM Lee Hsien Loong said: “The family is such an important building block of society. It is the model of how we should relate to one another as fellow citizens, seeing one another as members of an extended Singapore family.”

Well said. Wise words indeed. But then just over a year later, the feud with his siblings became a public spectacle and now the next generation is embroiled through contempt of court proceedings against Li Shengwu.

What are to we to make of all this? Preach but not practise? Talk but don’t do? Be an empty barrel? Or is it empty vessel? It’s so confusing, reminiscent of the legendary phrase from Alice in Wonderland: “Curioser and curioser!”

 

Augustine Low

 

 

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36 Responses to “House of Lee: Fallen For Good?”

  • oxygen:

    PAST TENSE WORSHIPED “EASTERN VALUES” – me thinks it is INCOMPLETE at best and at worst FAKE. In Ah Tiong Land – the biggest eastern value culture and civilisation – they put the COUNTRY FIRST and themselves last.

    Notice this?

    In China, the mailing address is usually

    People’s Republic of China
    Guangzhou Province
    County,
    Village
    Residence address
    Name of Addressee

    In LEE-jiapore’s eastern values adoration, it is THE REVERSE – me first, address. street and then country. In contemporary society, Ah Tiong and LEE-jiapore have the same divine worship at the top of all other consideration – IT IS MONEY, far more crass than the West. Tycoons like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, Buffet don’t believe in inheritance gift to their next generation – they give back nearly 99% of their success legacy to society, not Ah Tiong and LEE-jiapore HYPOCRITICAL EASTERN VALUES.

    In Ah Tiong Land, it was princeling bloodline beyond law that is the corruption currency of rapidly economic advancement pursuit. With XiJinping entrenchment of his second term power consolidation (maybe longer who knows if he changed the constitution), princeling bloodline counts for sh*t, corruption even within the Zhongnanhai inner sanctum is ruthlessly eliminated and peasants/commoners in far remote provinces were elevated in place of bloodline connections or connections to establishment corrupt bloodline.

    THE POLITICAL CURRENCY to success now has changed – from princeling to obedience to Xi JinPing – the new AhTiong political GOD/Emperor in dictatorship.

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Xi-Jinping-bids-adieu-to-his-fellow-princelings?utm_source=paid.outbrain.com&utm_campaign=BA%20SG&utm_medium=referral

    The hypocritical likes and renmants of disgraced Bo XiLai of power couple (implicated in the murder of a foreigner) of Chongging is banished forever.

    In LEE-jiapore, eastern values worship has got a sly cunning wit of half-wisdom. It is princeling bloodline or a little distance of bloodline obscured connection. Failing that, obedience to POO YI and its fake imperial establishment still counts to big success as long as POO YI seat is not intimidated or threatened. All down that food chain include grasslooters – all of course, toeing the line of ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE to the throne and denial of all truths to the contrary as long as there is reward in wait for the obedience doggies. These rewards comes in strange packages of SEX with MPs, free OZ BBQ steaks, privileges, contracts, and of course, PROTECTED opportunities for “volunteerism” opportunities into fat ownself-cheque-ownself roles, never mind years of negative performance.

    to be continued.

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  • Good riddance:

    Power and wealth last three generations.

    FamiLEE is on the way to its own destruction

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    The FOUNDATION was unfortunately, not well laid. Nevermind, if there was no piling, but Morals and other Virtues most of us were lucky enough to have had instilled since young and in schools, must somehow been missing in the Elder Lee household. Just my opinion based on the scene played out for all to see.

    Sad that their private affairs have dragged our country into the world stage. Dare say, not many people in Asia would have good things to say about $ingaPoor now.

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  • oxygen:

    Continuiing from above, unless 70% daft too stupid to even begin to discover they are stupid to impossibility, rotting LEE-jiapore is about to collapse soon from this dictatorship that insist its peasants inhabitants STOP THINKING AND EVEN STOP THINKING OF LEARNING.

    Dictatorship in LEE-jiapore’s “eastern value” worship has stopped thinking. It is COMMAND AND CONTROL and the inner sanctum of 4th generational leaders have been happily trapped in this mode of never rocking the boat to avoid signs and stresses of “discontinuities” according to KeeChiu – SILENT COMPLETELY of the obvious FAILED KEY POLICIES EVERYWHERE of a disintegrating economy and society. GDP growth in the last qtr as the best in few years BUT RETRENCHMENT IS ALSO RECORD HIGH in recent times. It is fake GDP climb – retrenchment raise productivity turn (one trick show pony) – not sustainable. Why? You can’t have a surviving economy (forget growth) if retrenchment reduced labor input because without labor, the production wheel grinds to a halt.

    In the meantime, never before we see such extent of societal decay and degeneration – daughter walloped parents in front of cops, swore at cops, tearing up police report, old uncle loudly demanded sex from foreigner on MRT train, couple bashed intellectually-impaired for 8 months to her death, traffic offender on P-plate gave cops false details of a departed as if it was his, driver with illicit gaming business run down traffic police at checkpoint oblivious to risks of killing law enforcement officer, middle age couple physically intimidate elderly weak in foodcourt, old uncle molester rubbed the tight of young lady on MRT, old uncle robbed old ladies in HDB lifts, staff and managers up the top apex (after winning national award for performance) in SMRT falsified maintenance record endangering public commuter safety, collecting wages, without blinking an eyelid, Transport Ministry blaming everyone, everywhere EXCEPT GOD for all its failing. And NDR 2017 talked of cashless payment and diabetes instead of economy and jobless rocketing upwards. Even big money in the hands for owners of Pine Grove condo embroiled in lawsuit, hate-filled confrontation and intimidation harassment police reports.

    LEE-jiapore has GONE NUTS – I have been warning of turbulence and its risks to economy/society for over 7 years now in TRE. NOT A SINGLE PAPpy dummy, but often moralising, heads DARE TO PUBLICLY UTTER THIS EXPLETIVE called TURBULENCE on the public stage.

    Now I am seeing realities hitting my face of what LEE-jiapore is SINKIELAND SINKING very fast.

    Unless voters BREAK the PRINCELING-CRONYISM-DICTATORSHIP linkage by the next GE, ALL IS GONE!

    CAWKED SURE!!

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  • oxygen:

    IF ONE LOOKS OBJECTIVELY ABOUT THE “EASTERN VALUES” of Past Tense most pious and fervent worship – it is DECADENT values in today’s LEE-jiapore’s context.

    Eastern values is NOT a rose-by-any-other-name wonder or miracle worthy of blind worshiping adherence. It actually covers a multitude of sins, lies and closet ugliness of societal debasement in eastern cultures.

    The only durable common thread in “Eastern Value” is MONEY AND POWER (and its exertion to the exclusion of practically all others) worship in both Ah Tiong Land & LEE-jiapore.

    Don’t believe me still?

    LOOK AT THIS NONSENSICAL PROPOSAL – even supported by establishment figures – SMRT is going to charge commuters for shuttle service from Tuas to Joo Koon station when this part of the line has to be taken out of service for maintenance and safety checks.

    The correct thing to do is either provide

    - free shuttle bus service for that disrupted broken journey or

    - discount equivalent for that part of broken service to compensate correctly for the shuttle ride fare.

    In other words, commuters pay for origin (Tuas) to whereever on the same MRT lines, is an ENTIRE CONTRACT and indivisible. How can SMRT/LTA forced commuters to pay TWICE for part of the same ride for its own incompetent, inefficient and failure to provide service and fulfil its contractual obligation of fare for ride?

    The precedent thus set, means MOT/LTA, might now insist the same for breakdown of service everywhere island-wide regardless of the causation – including falsified records of no maintenance causing life-threatening risks of electrocution arising from flooding of rail line creating line service breakdown.

    Public transport is public service beyond contractual obligations. Charging commuters for broken service is not merely inequitable – it is encouragement of UNJUST ENRICHMENT of failed public service at the expense of peasantry.

    This is example of money hungry politics and the exertion of power (SMRT/LTA/MOT is a monopoly) of politically-backed behemoth collectively.

    IT IS UNACCEPTABLE of oppressive exercise of eastern value of power exertion demanding peasantry absolute obedience and compliance WHEN ALL THE WRONG, INCOMPETENCE AND FAILURES reside in the “establishment”

    So my obvious question thus follows is this – do we want to see degeneration of our economy and society and its acceleration? Or do we want to hear negative feedback from peasants, change and improve for the betterment of all in society?

    PAST TENSE HAS GONE TO TERN SUA, he took his “eastern values” with him. We have to move on – FOR THE BETTER I hope and wish.

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  • rukidding:

    That guy has lost all his credibilty already lah ,……many are “cuntfused” and find it “absurd”….when he can “proclaimed” that an Indian can also be a Malay ?????

    Who does he think he is ?

    Is he “alone” able to do that ?

    What and who are those “other people behind” that “help” him “create” those so called…..”Fake,but Leegal instruments” ????

    This guy even dares slap a senior ( a Senior whom many respected and lookup to )( and he happens to be from a minority race )

    The fact that he has an “old friend” whom he had “inserted inside” the “highest Leegal Authority”….speaks volumes of this person’s character and the extend he is willing to go into…even dark dangerous places…all just to “hold onto” his “glass house position” ?

    Must have really think that everybody are Dafts !

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  • N.Jungne:

    When Humpty Dumpty fell off the Wall
    No amount of Paper Generals can ever
    Put him back again. So solly hor.

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  • With Me, For Me, For MyFamiLee:

    Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

    In the end, the last fight of a man is all about his character.

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  • asd:

    Talk is cheap . .. don’t believe the smiling cat . ..

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  • Diu Niah Seng:

    Wait for durian to drop in GE2020…

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  • MarBowling:

    Hum and HoLee Jinx take scant attention to the presence of the Barn Owl which appears Not One But Three Times. Looks like it’s only a matter of WHEN Not If the I$tana and House of Lee Kayu will collapse like a House of Card$!

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  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    The Family was once thought to be solid and compact. The recent feud proved that it was a myth. The mourning period after the passing of the Godfather was hardly over before PM Lee and his brother drew swords against each other much to the amusement of the international community, an embarrassment to all the MIW and a disgrace to the disgusted citizens. A leader who cannot keep his own House in order is definitely unfit to keep the Nation in order.

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  • Built on Sand:

    That House was built on shifting sand just like the nation’s economy and society. Why literally, many physical structures are standing on sand – reclaimed land. How solid is that?

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  • Past Glory Over:

    http://mini.eastday.com/mobile/171201105652838.html
    中企该学日企的道歉文化吗

    Success also Chinese Culture, Failure also Chinese Culture.

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  • Selfish Sinkie Syndrome:

    Take your cue from the his siblings published statement that:

    “Lee-HL wears two faces. In public, he presents himself as an honourable son, seeking harmony in the family. In private, he uses his official powers and his subordinates to … attack those who speak up.”

    Can this be any clearer or more direct, when it is from his own siblings who grew up together in the same famiLEE for so many decades?

    LHY probably won’t do anything for now… he has already done enough for Sinkies, but the problem is that Sinkies don’t seem to mind having the Jekyll and Hyde character in absolute control and squeezing their balls every now and then. So, of course LHY also keep mostly silent now. If Sinkies unwilling to help themselves and kick him out or VTO later, then he also can’t help it.

    Perhaps, besides the Selfish Sinkie Syndrome, many Sinkies has a related disease called Stockholm Syndrome too.

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  • Chin Ching:

    Yeah right the House of Lee is gone for good. Pinky will not let go…. He would rather destroy his siblings than reconcile.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Majority of $G locals treat these parasites as gods. Worship them at every turn. The old one’s house is the almighty temple for pilgrimage.

    As long as the mentality exists among the worshippers that their chosen few are not people but divinity then $G will not change and deservedly end up worse than when Sir Raffles came here more than 200 years ago.

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  • Tony:

    Ho Ching the mastermind has won! Well done!

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  • Leeleng:

    Sure it’s fallen for good. It was never united, just for show when old man alive. When he kicked the bucket no need to pretend anymore.

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  • House of Super-size Ego:

    Evenutally, history will finally conclude that LKY is just an arrogant, self-serving, greedy SOB. An egomaniac.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    As a true S’porean, I’m more concern about the direction for S’pore’s future. Who cares for The House of Lee?
    In another 20 years, the S’pore that we grew up with will be long gone – morphed into a totally different country – one that is selfish, money minded & a totally unfriendly place without any distinct culture nor a common national identity. The rich class have no empathy for the poor; the poor angry & envious at the rich who have gotten richer at their expense but do not trickle down nor share a portion of their wealth – keeping it for themselves. The middle class totally decimated through technology disruption & new paradigms. And The House of Lee uses their “aristocratic” power to protect their wealth at the expense of the people.
    S’pore is no longer a nation but a place filled with different tribes each trying to promote either their ethnic core or tribal interest.
    S’pore is already in deep cultural decline – drifting aimlessly. Even our hawker food cuisines are dying at the core – children unwilling to continue their parent’s hawker legacies. S’pore (under the PAP) have demolished many of the historical landmarks that defines S’pore’s past & replaced them with artificial beauties of homogeneous modern architecture that is common in many newly constructed metropolis around the world. What’s so special about modern-day S’pore?
    In the pursuit of wealth & GDP growth, S’pore had also lost it’s cultural identity & the uniqueness as people who once shared a common identity. The PAP to enriched The House of Lee allowed in masses of foreigners. Now we have PRC speaking Pu-Tong Hua as Chinese; Tagalog speaking pinoys as Malays & Hindi-speakers from India as Indians. We even have an Indian described as a Malay President!
    Like my mate oxygen says S’pore should be renamed “Lee-jiapore” instead of S’pore – such are the drastic changes that had fundamentally caused the genocidal downfall & termination of all things S’pore to all things that were power & money craved by The House of Lee!
    That is the sad reflection of a true S’porean seeing the last glimse of a fading sunset for a once glowing community known as Singapore. A S’pore that was nurtured by the British Empire into the Pearl of the East; handed to the PAP; the 1st Gen PAP polished the Pearl but it has been since corroded by the greed from The House of Lee.

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  • Tonipp:

    LKY legacy is gone together with the fall of his house. Good riddance to the Lee legacy! Pinky has destroyed it. Karma alright….. What’s next is their children will get it!

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  • Hacken:

    Another interesting point to consider is the important psychological element to all of this. The outgrowth of LKY’s family structure is an authoritarian tribal system. Singapore is essentially just a large extended family of LKY. The fall of the family means the fall of Singapore. While this observation may not always be completely overt, it is nonetheless food for thoughts. Looking around, the signs are obvious.

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  • justtryingtobefair:

    When LHL declined to sue his brother, he gets attacked. Yet when court proceedings were brought against his nephew, he also gets attacked. He truly is caught between a rock and a hard place.
    As you have mentioned, “(The Lee family) was presided over by someone who was more deity than human being”. All three children think themselves as demi-gods, and like the Chinese saying 一山不藏二虎 (A mountain doesn’t harbor more than one tiger), it is difficult to live in harmony when each one thinks only he or she is right.

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  • Maxchewy:

    This is what happens when the whole Lee family have no God to worship. They are all atheists and think they themselves are Demi-gods for the people to worship and admire. Without a faith or a religion they have a weak foundation which collapses easily when serious inter-conflicts occur.
    MC
    2.12.17

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    MOD : My Anti-virus on my pc keep prompting that it blocked Malicious URL from YOUR TRE website trying to download stuff to my pc.

    WHY???? Your ads seems to be compromising our securities and identities!!!

    Have you sold us out?

    Tech: We were testing our ANs but has already removed the malicious ones since a week ago. We no longer uses rogue ANs, so you should not have any warning for viruses. Can you please send me a snapshot the next time you encounter one and provide more info like the URL and whether it was on mobile or desktop. Meanwhile, you might want to clear your browser’s cache. Thank you.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    The Family was once thought to be solid and compact. The recent feud proved that it was a myth. The mourning period after the passing of the Godfather was hardly over before PM Lee and his brother drew swords against each other much to the amusement of the international community, an embarrassment to all the MIW and a disgrace to the disgusted citizens. A leader who cannot keep his own House in order is definitely unfit to keep the Nation in order.

    so very well said. agree. all myth. all whitewashed sepulcher. looks okay on the outside. but rotten on the inside.

    truth be told. we are not surprised. like father like children. look how the father lied about this one communist that one communist and put innocent behind bars for long long without trial. so top crooked bottom not straight. actually so what all the S$m and all the abuse of power? in the end, still died. and family broken up not even 3 years thereafter.

    just dessert. there is justice under the sky. not happen yet does not mean won’t happen. a matter of timing. for evil departed pap liar lky, all show hand no even 3 years after he kaput. just dessert it is.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    can INSIDE be not within? can an INDIAN be a malay? pap says, can. WTF.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Hacken:

    What’s worrisome is the d**honorable already worshipped the deity called goddess ‘kuan jinx’

    Maxchewy:
    This is what happens when the whole Lee family have no God to worship. They are all atheists and think they themselves are Demi-gods for the people to worship and admire. Without a faith or a religion they have a weak foundation which collapses easily when serious inter-conflicts occur.
    MC
    2.12.17

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  • Very Chiaklat !!!:

    There is speculation that the old man knew the fate of his family and Singapore under his son. That’s why he ask his daughter about euthanasia (medial aided suicide). Imagine how bad things must be for him to want that. Now we are finding out.

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  • Grand sage Lao Tzu:

    “Knowing others is intelligence;
    knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    Mastering others is strength;
    mastering yourself is true power.”

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  • North Korea:

    North korea has 700 millions for defense budget, it allows them to develop Missiles and Nuclear Weapons.
    In SG, we have 12 billions defense budget, what have we developed beside keep on throwing money onto Foreign Countries to keep buying rights to train in their countries!
    Are we DUMB or What Ng Eng Hern!!

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  • Bad Boy:

    Chinese Culture ? Eastern Values ?

    All this 锦绣未央 ,芈月传,甄嬛传 ,琅琊榜,…
    What you see is all kind of backstabbing.

    Seriously man buay kuah.

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  • Khawk Bomb 1:

    Diu Niah Seng:
    Wait for durian to drop in GE2020…

    You stupid idiot! That’s what everyone like you thought in every of the last 4 GE.

    Remember, you fool, the last GE they got a Longan record landslide victory thanks to your highly educated but extremely timid Singaporeans.

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  • Kisswhore GanBoo Barnie:

    Grand sage Lao Tzu:
    “Knowing others is intelligence;
    knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    Mastering others is strength;
    mastering yourself is true power.”

    Mastering a Book is not wisdom.
    Wisdom is created by the Author.

    This the education system is really just a regurgitation.

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  • Break the vicious cycle:

    Easternvalue there good there bad but people seems to like to maintain those I look at as bad tradition. Example :

    http://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1578023068672741025&wfr=spider&for=pc已经有四个女儿,爸妈却还要追儿子,如今女儿们捡剩饭吃

    A few weeks ago a similar new about a china woman already give birth to 8 daughters still wants to Chase after a son.the family as above not well off also. After so many years The Chinese lacks courage to break such traditional shackles so that remains the question –
    can they vote opposition or can you trust them to vote opposition ?

    The rest can draw their own conclusions.

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  • a Model indeed !:

    > In February 2016, PM Lee Hsien Loong said:
    > “The family is such an important building block of society.
    > It is the model of how we should relate to one another as fellow citizens,
    > seeing one another as members of an extended Singapore family.”
    -
    It is indeed, PAPppy model . . .
    “It is the model of how we should relate to one another as fellow citizens”
    -
    They don’t like what they hear or read – they sue !!!
    -
    They sued non-Pappy politicians, bloggers, etc – now, his nephew !
    -
    to 70%, Wake Up !

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