SINGAPORE - When the dust has settled on the Oxley Road dispute, people must see that the Government is able to withstand intense and sustained attacks on its reputation and integrity and emerge not just untainted but strengthened, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Expressing this hope in Parliament on Monday (July 3), he said: "This is the 'house' that Mr Lee built, not 38 Oxley Road."
Delivering a ministerial statement on the dispute involving his siblings and himself, PM Lee said the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, most of all, understood that everyone was equal before the law in Singapore and even his wishes were subject to the rule of law.
This was the ethos put in place by the founding prime minister himself, noted PM Lee.
"When Mr Lee was asked what were the most important things to him in life, he said 'my family and my country'," said PM Lee at the end of his ministerial statement. "It pains me that this episode has put both under a cloud, and done damage to Singapore."