A feud erupts between Singapore’s prime minister and his siblings

“WE FEEL big brother omnipresent. We fear the use of the organs of state against us,” declared Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang, two of the three children of Lee Kuan Yew, who was Singapore’s prime minister for 31 years, in a statement announcing Lee Hsien Yang’s intention to move away from the city-state. They say he is leaving because of a rift with their brother, Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s current prime minister, over their father’s will. They accuse their brother of misusing his position and harbouring political ambitions for his son; they say they “worry for Singapore” as a result. Lee Hsien Loong, in a brief statement released shortly after that of his siblings, denied the claims.

The dispute centres on the house in which Lee Kuan Yew lived from 1945 until his death in 2015. He wanted his daughter, Lee Wei Ling, who was living in it at the time of his death, to stay there for as long as she wished, and for it to be demolished thereafter, largely for fear...Continue reading

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