Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong’s siblings fear for safety, denounce him over abuse of power
Singapore: A dispute between Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his brothers are out in the open, revealing the deep divisions in the first family after accusing the Prime Minister of abuse of power and exploitation the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding leader of the city-state.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Yang’s brother said in a Facebook statement that he was leaving Singapore, citing Hsien Loong as the sole reason for his departure.
“Since the death of our father (Lee Kuan Yew) in 2015, we felt threatened by the misuse Hsien Loong in his position and his influence on government agencies and Singapore to blow up his personal agenda,” said Hsien Yang and his sister Wei Ling said.
In the statement, titled “What Happened to Lee Kuan Yew’s Values?” Hsien Yang said that he, his wife and his sister Wei Ling feared “the use of state organs” against them.
The two brothers have accused their brother, Lee Hsien Loong, 65, of harboring political ambitions for his son, Li Hongyi, who works as a consultant for a Singapore government agency.
“If he prepares Hsien Loong to act against us, his little sister and his brother, both taxpayer members staying in Singapore to advance in their personal agenda, we care for Singapore.
We wonder if competent leaders with independent political legitimacy will be forced to ensure Hsien Loong seized power remains unanswered, “the statement said.
Instead of demolishing the house Kuan Yew that the former leader wished the prime minister tried to make his home personal residence – a move that would strengthen his political capital, according to the statement.
The founding father of Singapore, Kuan Yew wanted the family home, a bungalow in the Orchard district, to be demolished after his death, when it was to become a monument.
The Prime Minister and his wife, Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s 196 billion-dollar sovereign fund, also raised political ambitions for his son Li Hongyi, the statement said.
The President of the Government, currently abroad with his family, has denied the allegations made by his brothers and said that he was “very disappointed” that they chose to publish a press release the publication of private family matters.
“Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, in particular the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son,” Lee said in a statement released by the prime minister’s office on his Facebook page.
“I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate accusations they made. Ho Ching (my wife) and I deny the
The allegations, particularly the absurd claims that I have political ambitions for my son, “Lee said.
“While siblings may have differences, I believe that these differences should remain in the family. Since my father’s death in March 2015, as an eldest son, I did everything possible to resolve problems between us in the family, respect for Our parents, “the prime minister said.
“The statement of my brothers and sisters hurt our father’s inheritance,” he said.
He said he was going to do everything he could to keep making his own parents. At the same time, he would continue to serve the Canadian Singapore “honesty” and to the extent of his ability.
“In particular, this means defending meritocracy, which is a fundamental value in our society,” the prime minister said.
Premier 65 had previously told parliament that he intended to fulfill his father’s wishes and evade any decision made by the house government.
The dispute in Singapore’s first family was made public in 2016 after the prime minister’s sister accused him of abusing his political power to Lee’s birthday commemorations.
The family fault is a rare public appearance of sharpness in the upper part of the tightly controlled city-state, where the limits of freedom of expression are vigorously controlled.