Lee Kuan Yew's will is final and binding, says Lee Hsien Yang

Mr Lee Hsien Yang leaving the Supreme Court on April 10, 2017.
Mr Lee Hsien Yang leaving the Supreme Court on April 10, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Mr Lee Hsien Yang hit back at his elder brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (June 15), presenting a series of statements to show discrepancies between what PM Lee says in public and in private.

He also said in his Facebook post that the will of their late father Lee Kuan Yew is "final and binding", and added: "We have no confidence in Lee Hsien Loong or his secret committee."

He was referring to a ministerial committee that was set up to consider options for 38, Oxley Road and whose existence came to light on Wednesday (June 14) when he and his sister Dr Lee Wei Ling issued their six-page statement.

Their statement brought a new twist to the long-running dispute over the fate of the pre-war house in Oxley Road.

We reproduce below Mr Lee Hsien Yang's Facebook post, in which he contrasted statements PM Lee (referred to as LHL below) has reportedly made in public with those he was said to have made in private.

Deciding what to do with the house

In Public: PM Lee states in Parliament: "There is no immediate issue of demolition of the house, and no need for the Government to make a decision now."

In Private: A "secret" committee of ministers is set up to investigate and make recommendations about the house. Official media now says LHL (PM Lee Hsien Loong) is "not involved''.

(Editor's note: On Wednesday(June 14), Cabinet Secretary Tan Kee Yong said in a statement a ministerial committee had been set up to consider options for the Oxley Road house and their implications.)

The will

In Public: Probate for Mr Lee Kuan Yew's will is granted on Oct 6, 2015. The will is recognised as final and legally binding. LHL raises no legal challenge.

In Private: LHL writes to the secret committee claiming "there is no evidence that Mr Lee even knew that the demolition clause had been re-inserted into the last will''. LHL swears this under oath (a statutory declaration).

LKY's position on the house

In Public: LHL quotes the demolition clause in Parliament, and then says, "Mr Lee's position on 38 Oxley Road was unwavering over the years, and fully consistent with his lifelong values" (April 2015).

In Private: LHL tells his committee: "Mr Lee then took a number of steps which put beyond any doubt that he came to accept Cabinet's position.''

PM Lee's position on the house

In Public: LHL writes on Facebook, I "hope the Government will allow the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's wish for the demolition of the house to be honoured.''

In Private: LHL tells his committee: "He (Lee Kuan Yew) would accept any decision to preserve it.''