SINGAPORE: Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong is unsure if the dispute with his younger siblings over their late father’s house at 38, Oxley Road has been resolved, saying the matter is “in abeyance” – a state of temporary inactivity.
He also said he has not communicated with Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling recently, in a CNBC interview released on Friday (Oct 20).
The feud between the Lee siblings had erupted into the public sphere on June 14, when Hsien Yang and Wei Ling posted a statement on Facebook to say they had lost confidence in their older brother’s leadership, and feared the use of organs of state against them.
They also made many other allegations against him, such as that he used his position as prime minister to influence a ministerial committee considering options for founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s house.
Hsien Loong refuted their charges of abuse of power in a two-day Parliament sitting in July.
He said there was no evidence to back up their claims of abuse, and that he and the government had acted properly and with due process.
In a statement issued after the sitting, his siblings said they would stop posting further allegations and evidence against Hsien Loong for now, provided their wish and their father’s desire to demolish the Oxley Road house “are not attacked or misrepresented”.
They also said they welcomed Hsien Loong’s desire to settle their quarrel in private, and “look forward to talking without the involvement of lawyers or government agencies”.
Asked how are relations with his siblings and whether he hopes to reconcile with them, the prime minister told CNBC: “I think they are where they are. Perhaps one day when emotions have subsided, some movement will be possible. These things take time.”
As to whether he is sad about the way things have turned out, he said: “Yes, of course.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Network