SINGAPORE - Ms Ho Ching, wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has been accused by her husband's brother Lee Hsien Yang of taking away documents belonging to Mr Lee Kuan Yew while he was gravely ill and hospitalised in February 2015.
In a Facebook post on Thursday (June 22), Mr Lee Hsien Yang turned his latest attack to Ms Ho in the ongoing dispute over the future of the late Mr Lee's house in Oxley Road which spilled into the public domain last week .
He charged that she had "helped herself" to several of his father's papers.
They are: a telegram sent by Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 1958; a letter from J Laycock, founder of law firm Laycock and Ong where Mr Lee had worked as a young lawyer; a memo from the Director of Posts dating to the 1950s; and a document from Cambridge University Reporter, a journal of the university's official business.
Mr Lee Hsien Yang said the items were handed to the National Heritage Board (NHB) "under the auspices of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)" and were "ostensibly on loan".
"She had no business doing this when LKY (Lee Kuan Yew) was in ICU (intensive care unit) and it is deeply troubling that someone can represent the PMO despite holding no official position," he said.
He added that Ms Ho had taken the papers on Feb 6, 2015, based on a list of items from the NHB. He uploaded a photo of the list along with his post.
Ms Ho, however, was accompanying PM Lee on an official visit to Germany and Spain from Feb 1 to 6 that year. According to The Straits Times reports on the official visits, PM Lee and his wife left Spain on Feb 6.
When it was pointed out by Channel NewsAsia that Ms Ho had been out of the country on Feb 6, he later revised his post to say: "In that case, since this offical NHB document lists Ho Ching as the PMO point of contact, can she please identify the subordinate she instructed to take our father's belongings?"
In response to media queries, the NHB confirmed that the items on the list were on loan from the PMO to NHB.
But it said that the date the papers were received was April 6 and not Feb 6 as indicated on the list.
"This was a clerical error. NHB has a receipt for the items on loan from PMO dated 6 April 2015," said an NHB spokesman.
"All the items were loaned to NHB after the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away, to be displayed at the In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew exhibition held at the National Museum of Singapore."
The late Mr Lee's red box, which he used to keep his working documents is also in the list that Mr Lee Hsien Yang referred to. The NHB received it on March 27, according to the list.
Mr Lee, Singapore's founding prime minister, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital's ICU on Feb 5 with severe pneumonia. He died in the hospital on March 23, 2015.
About 15 months after his death, Dr Lee Wei Ling and her younger brother Hsien Yang posted a long statement online, accusing PM Lee of abusing his power, among other allegations.