38, Oxley Road debate

Excerpts from readers' letters

ENGAGE A RENOWNED MEDIATOR

The Government has made known its position on the issue. It is time to settle the matter offline or it will never end, with both parties making accusations and rebuttals.

Alternatively, engage a trusted mediator, acceptable to both parties, and settle it out of court.

V.BALU


CONFIDENCE IN S'PORE NOT DENTED

The Lee family dispute has strengthened the confidence my wife and I have in Singapore.

Throughout the debate, many of the MPs acted on behalf of Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, and grilled the Prime Minister with tough questions. But no one could bring up any reliable proof of abuse of power.

Another silver lining is that throughout this whole incident, even though the allegations against the Prime Minister were serious, the stock market and Singdollar remained stable. This proves the confidence foreign investors have in Singapore.

SIM LIM ONN


LET'S PUT AN END TO THE DRAMA

One point stood out for me from the Parliament session: Neither Dr Lee Wei Ling, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, nor any MP from the PAP or Worker's Party brought forward any evidence to prove that PM Lee had indeed abused his power.

As many Singaporeans have said over the past three weeks: Let's put an end to this "Korean drama".

ALVIN TEY GUAN JIE


HEED ELDER STATESMAN'S COUNSEL

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's words resonated deeply with me. He said: "Either we clear PM over the allegation… or we censure him." I agree.

ESM Goh also suggested a more intermediate platform for resolving the dispute: mediation. This is a sensible option. I think the quarrelling parties should heed ESM Goh's advice and go for mediation.

AVELINE TANG WEYLIN (MS)


RESPECT THE WILL

There were no fewer than 10 pages in The Straits Times on Wednesday on the Lee family dispute. It has become a national issue involving Parliament.

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will is clear enough. There is no evidence to show that he was not in full possession of his mental faculties when he signed it. He should have fully understood its contents and implications.

The will should be respected and carried out. Any disagreement among the beneficiaries should be settled among themselves and, at worst, in court.

ONG SIEW CHEY


TOO BIG A PRICE TO PAY

The thought that is going through the minds of many Singaporeans like me is - are we paying too high a price for trying to preserve 38, Oxley Road.

The price appears to be the international reputation of Singapore. If the demolition of the house could fulfil the wishes of our founding father and end this ugly family feud, I think many Singaporeans would agree it is a small price to pay.

We have come to a stage where 38, Oxley Road will be most likely remembered by future generations as a house that fuelled an ugly family feud and dented Singapore's reputation, instead of for its historical value.

SEAH YAM MENG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2017, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe