Oxley Road dispute: Lee Hsien Yang and wife in Hong Kong 'to visit friends'

Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who has been embroiled in a public feud with his brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, over their late father's house at 38, Oxley Road, was spotted in Hong Kong yesterday after taking a flight from Singapore.

Hong Kong media reported yesterday that Mr Lee Hsien Yang was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern, and that no one was at the airport to receive them.

He told Hong Kong media that he was in the city to visit friends, and declined to comment on his dispute with PM Lee.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, took their dispute with PM Lee into the public sphere on June 14, when they issued a statement accusing their older brother of misusing his power to drive his personal agenda.

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Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his wife had also said they were preparing to leave Singapore, but did not disclose where they intend to live.

It is unclear if Mr Lee Hsien Yang is planning to relocate to Hong Kong. When asked by Hong Kong media yesterday when he was leaving the city, he replied: "That has nothing to do with you."

The dispute that Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his sister made public centres on whether to demolish former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road house.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his wife Lee Suet Fern leaving for Hong Kong yesterday on a flight from Singapore. Mr Lee told local media in Hong Kong that he was in the city to visit friends. When asked by Hong Kong media when he was leaving the city, he rep
Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his wife Lee Suet Fern leaving for Hong Kong yesterday on a flight from Singapore. Mr Lee told local media in Hong Kong that he was in the city to visit friends. When asked by Hong Kong media when he was leaving the city, he replied: "That has nothing to do with you." PHOTO: ST READER

Other points of contention include the contents of the late Mr Lee's final will and the circumstances in which it was prepared.

Global law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has said that Mrs Lee Suet Fern, the managing partner of its combined practice in Singapore, has stepped down from that role.

But a spokesman for the firm had also said that Mrs Lee will continue to play a key role in its global strategy from offices in Singapore and in Hong Kong.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his sister Dr Lee have made multiple Facebook posts criticising PM Lee, his wife Ho Ching and a ministerial committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to consider options for the Oxley Road house.

In a Facebook post last night, Dr Lee said PM Lee had admitted in public for years that the late Mr Lee was "unwavering" in his wish to demolish the house, but "now he and his ministers tell us that Lee Kuan Yew changed his mind".

"The people of Singapore will see through LHL's attempt to rewrite the past," she wrote.

On July 3, PM Lee will deliver a ministerial statement in Parliament in response to the allegations.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2017, with the headline 'Lee Hsien Yang and wife in Hong Kong 'to visit friends''. Print Edition | Subscribe