SINGAPORE, June 14 — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has denied allegations by his siblings, adding that the statement hurt their father Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy.
In a one-page reply to the siblings’ six-page statement issued this morning, Lee and Madam Ho Ching expressed disappointment at Dr Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang’s statement publicising “private family matters”.
Lee said: “Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, especially the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son.”
He went on to add that while siblings may have differences, these differences should stay in the family.
In their latest statement, Dr Lee and the younger Lee had alleged that they felt “threatened” in their attempt to carry out their late father’s wish to demolish their family home on 38 Oxley Road – to the extent that one of them is leaving Singapore “for the foreseeable future”.
They also said they no longer trusted their elder brother and have lost confidence in him as a leader.
In response, Lee said: “Since my father’s passing in March 2015, as the eldest son I have tried my best to resolve the issues among us within the family, out of respect for our parents.
Adding that their latest statement has “hurt our father’s legacy”, he said he will do his utmost to continue to “do right” by them. At the same time, he will continue serving Singaporeans honestly and to the best of his ability, in particular, upholding meritocracy, which is a fundamental value of Singapore’s society.
In concluding his statement, Lee said: “As my siblings know, I am presently overseas on leave with my family. I will consider this matter further after I return this weekend.” — TODAY