PM Lee: Suing siblings is not my preferred choice

  • (FILES) This file photo taken on October 10, 2016 shows Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivering a speech at the official opening of the inaugural Singapore International Cyber Week 2016 in Singapore. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on July 3, 2017 rejected claims from his siblings that he abused power and engaged in nepotism as he faced parliament over a family feud that has shocked Singapore. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he would not sue his younger siblings because doing so would further besmirch their parents’names and prolong the family feud, according to a report in The Straits Times Online on Tuesday.

In his ministerial statement delivered in the parliament on Monday, the prime minister said many people asked why he has not sue his younger siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang for defamation for accusing him of abusing his power regarding their late father’s wishes for the family home at 38, Oxley Road.

He added they also asked him why he has not challenged the validity of the last will of their late father in court or taken some other legal action to end the dispute and clear his name.

“In normal circumstances, in fact, in any other imaginable circumstances than this, I would surely sue,” said the prime minister, adding that the allegation of abuse of power, while baseless, is a “very grave attack” not just for him, but also the whole government.

“By suing my own brother and sister in court would further besmirch our parents’names,” he said.  “At the end of the day, we are brothers and sister, and we are all our parents’ children.”

He noted that the legal action would drag out the process for years and cause more distraction and distress to Singaporeans.  “Therefore, fighting this out in court cannot be my preferred choice,” he said.

He also believes he has a strong case, after taking advice and considering his options very carefully.

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