Singapore PM says sorry for family feud

Singapore PM says sorry for family feud

Lee Hsien Yang took to Facebook to explain the one issue that seems to have divided the Lee siblings, their Oxley Road family house, which their father, the island republic's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew had wanted to be demolished, according to a will left by Kuan Yew, who died in March 2015.

They further alleged Lee threatened them and demanded their silence over their father's wishes "hoping to inherit the faith Singaporeans had in Lee Kuan Yew through the visible symbol of the house".

"And as the eldest of the siblings, it grieves me to think of the anguish that this would have caused our parents if they were still alive", he said in a statement which was also recorded on video.

Lee and two younger children of revered founding leader Lee Kuan Yew have been attacking each other on Facebook and worldwide media for days as a dispute over the patriarch's estate became public, a spectacle that has shocked Singaporeans. "As your Prime Minister, I apologize to you for this".

"These serious allegations went beyond private and personal matters, extending to the conduct of my office and the integrity of the government".

Local media, mainstream media and alternative news have been covering the happenings of the saga along with worldwide news in the loop, with juicy interview bits from Lee Hsien Yang about how he feels threatened by his brother and the government and considering leaving the country for his family's safety.

Yesterday, he said he had done everything possible to avoid this state of affairs.

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He spoke of how his offer to transfer the home to Dr Lee for a nominal amount of S$1 failed, and that he later sold the property to Mr Lee Hsien Yang at a "fair market valuation".

"Much as I would like to move on, and end a most unhappy experience for Singaporeans, these baseless accusations against the Government can not be left unanswered".

It also said the Prime Minister and his wife Ho Ching "want to milk" the legacy of their late father Lee Kuan Yew "for their own political purposes" and believe "based on our interactions, that they harbour political ambitions for their son Li Hongyi".

Lee Hsien Loong took over as prime minister from Lew Kuan Yew's successor Goh Chok Tong in 2004.

Claims of nepotism are highly sensitive in Singapore where the People's Action Party has remained solidly united for decades.

"However, my siblings have chose to go out and make serious allegations publicly".

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (June 20) morning, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who is PM Lee's younger brother, said: "We asked a simple question, that he (PM Lee) has refused to answer for a week: Was our father, Lee Kuan Yew, unwavering in his demolition wish?"

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