Voices Of Youth

Resolve matter amicably as siblings

As a young Singaporean,I read about the recent dispute between Mr Lee Hsien Yang, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with sadness.

Fathers all want their children to get along well with one another.

By exposing the conflict within the family to the world via social media, the siblings are tarnishing not only one another's reputations, but also that of Singapore.

They should have clarified their differences privately or settled the matter in court.

While I agree that it is good to speak up if we discover that someone is in the wrong, I believe that an issue can be viewed from many perspectives and we may not always see the whole truth.

The issue of 38, Oxley Road is complex because PM Lee's views as a son may differ from, or even contradict, his views as a Prime Minister. A son wants the best for his father; a Prime Minister wants the best for his nation.

Perhaps the Government should make the eventual decision on what action to take.

At the end of the day, I hope this matter between the siblings can be resolved as amicably as possible.

Kho Tze Lynn, 16,

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2017, with the headline 'Resolve matter amicably as siblings'. Print Edition | Subscribe