SINGAPORE, June 28 — The Ministerial Committee did not disclose the options they were considering for 38 Oxley Road in prior exchanges, and any discussion they had with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean was in his ‘personal capacity’, said Lee Hsien Yang in his latest salvo on the public spat over the fate of his father’s house.
In a Facebook post this morning, Lee Hsien Yang accused the Committee of “parroting (Prime Minister) Lee Hsien Loong’s attacks on (their) father’s will”.
He said: “The committee did not disclose the options they were considering in our prior exchanges, unlike what DPM Teo implies now.”
He went on further to say that all the discussions he and Dr Lee Wei Ling had with DPM Teo about the options for the house “occurred long before the formation of the Committee and only with him in his personal capacity”.
Lee Hsien Yang’s latest rebuttal comes on the heels of Teo’s statement on Tuesday, correcting a ‘misconception’ that the Ministerial Committee he chairs to look at options for 38 Oxley Road is determined to stop the house from being torn down.
Teo explained in his statement that he met Lee several times between April and July in 2015, and had informed him that the Cabinet will take very seriously Lee Kuan Yew’s wishes regarding the house.
They were also informed that their eldest brother, PM Lee Hsien Loong, had recused himself on Government decisions relating to 38 Oxley Road.
He also said the Committee had written to Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee to clarify that it would list the various options and study their implications.
They had highlighted in writing, as example, that converting the house to a park would require studying the implications on the area, including for planning and zoning. — TODAY