Oxley Road dispute: No confidence that a fair, complete account of events will be told in Parliament, says Lee Hsien Yang

Mr Lee Hsien Yang (left) voiced his concerns about his elder brother Lee Hsien Loong delivering a ministerial statement in Parliament on July 3.
Mr Lee Hsien Yang (left) voiced his concerns about his elder brother Lee Hsien Loong delivering a ministerial statement in Parliament on July 3. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI, JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - Parliament is not the correct forum to look into allegations surfaced in the Oxley Road dispute, said Mr Lee Hsien Yang, adding that he has "no confidence that a fair, transparent or complete account of events will be told".

The younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took to Facebook again on Thursday (June 29), this time to voice "serious concerns" about PM Lee delivering a ministerial statement in Parliament on July 3 to refute his siblings' charges.

"Only his side of the story will air, with no promise of truthfulness due to parliamentary privilege," Mr Lee Hsien Yang said. "Indeed, it could also be an opportunity to continue to mislead or insinuate under this privilege."

Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, are feuding with PM Lee over the fate of their later father's house at 38, Oxley Road.

The dispute erupted into the public sphere on June 14 when the siblings issued a six-page statement with numerous allegations, including PM Lee abusing his power and using a ministerial committee to harass them over Mr Lee Kuan Yew's house.

On Thursday, Mr Lee described his older brother's move to address the allegations as an attempt to "cover-up and whitewash himself" in Parliament.

 

He said the parliamentary session is yet another example of how PM Lee has misused "his position and influence to drive his personal agenda".

The session, he said, is a forum that again places PM Lee before his subordinates, who he claims lack the sufficient background and evidence of "the numerous instances of abuse and conflicts of interest, many yet to be raised".

"Even before the session, many of them appear to have felt obliged to give him cover. Many MPs will fear career repercussions if they speak out against their superior. Historically, few PAP MPs have dared to dissent even when the party whip was lifted," said Mr Lee.

He said there is no opportunity, or adequate time, for evidence to be properly drawn together, placed before Parliament, and considered.

Neither will there be any opportunity for an examining body to properly probe explanations or excuses, he added.

"We believe that key issues such as his abuse of power will be simply swept under the carpet. The accused controls both process and outcome in this forum," he said.