Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologized to Singaporeans on Monday over the family feud with his two siblings, saying it has damaged the reputation of Singapore and affected confidence in the government, according to report in The Straits Times Online on Monday.
He promised to deliver a ministerial statement to refute the “baseless accusations” his siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, made last week against the government when the parliament convenes on July 3.
The two siblings issued a joint statement on June 14 accusing PM Lee of misusing his power in a bid to preserve their father’s house at 38 Oxley Road, among other allegations.
PM Lee on Monday said the allegations went beyond private and personal matters, extending to the conduct of his office and the integrity of the government.
“Much as I would like to move on, and end a most unhappy experience for Singaporeans, these baseless accusations against the government cannot be left unanswered. They must be and will be dealt with openly and refuted,” he said.
The feud centres on 38 Oxley Road house of their father, founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, bequeathed to PM Lee as part of his equal share of the family’s estate.
But Dr Lee and Mr Yang, the two siblings, who are joint executors and trustees of their father’s estate want the house to be demolished as wish by the senior Lee in his final will. They accused PM Lee and his wife of wanting to keep the house for their political gain – allegations denied by PM Lee.