Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has issued a reply on Wednesday, against the allegations made by his siblings in an earlier statement, which stated that they have ‘lost confidence’ in him and are “worried about Singapore’s future”.
The allegations centred around the dispute over the demolition of their father’s house at 38 Oxley Road.
In response, PM Lee has issued a statement on Wed, stating that he was “very disappointed” that his siblings have chosen to publicise “private family matters”.
“While siblings may have differences, I believe that any such differences should stay in the family,” said PM Lee.
As he is currently on leave with his family overseas, “as my siblings know”, PM Lee added that he will “consider this matter further” once he returns.
Here is his statement in full:
“I am very disappointed that my siblings have chosen to issue a statement publicising private family matters. I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate allegations that they have made. Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, especially the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son.
“While siblings may have differences, I believe that any such differences should stay in the family. 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.
“My siblings’ statement has hurt our father’s legacy.
“I will do my utmost to continue to do right by my parents. At the same time, I will continue serving Singaporeans honestly and to the best of my ability. In particular that means upholding meritocracy, which is a fundamental value of our society.
“As my siblings know, I am presently overseas on leave with my family. I will consider this matter further after I return this weekend.”
Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s statement can be found on their Facebook pages: