PM Lee delivers ministerial statement in parliament over family’s feud

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today delivered a ministerial statement in Parliament, addressing his younger siblings’ allegations that he had abused his power on matters relating to the fate of 38, Oxley Road, according to a report in The Straits Times on Monday.

Mr Lee and his two siblings, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, are locked in a dispute over the residence of their late father and founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, which has erupted into the public sphere last month.

In his statement today, Prime Minister Lee said the baseless allegations appeared  to concern primarily three matters:  the setting up of a ministerial committee on Oxley Road house; the Deed of Gift for some artefacts from the house that were to be displayed in an exhibition by the National Heritage Board; and the accusations of nepotism over the prime minister’s wife Madam Ho Ching and son, Mr Li Hongyi, as well as him wanting the house to bolster his political power.

In the statement, he addressed nine key points which include an apology to the Singaporean people; why a statement in the parliament; his plan for the house in question; difference in views; ministerial committee; deed of gift dispute; the nepotism allegations; no legal action to be taken over this controversy and defending the legacy of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

In concluding the statement, Mr Lee said it has pained him to see the episode put Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s cherished principles of “my family and my country” under a cloud, and that he hopes to one day restore the unhappiness within his family.

“But today, I stand here before you to answer your question, clear any doubts and show you that you have every reason to maintain your trust in me and my government,” he said.

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