Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday night that he shared his siblings' wish to take private their dispute over their father's 38, Oxley Road house.
Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said the siblings' move was a "positive development". The statements by both leaders mark a conciliatory turn in the saga, which has played out in a back-and-forth over social media for more than three weeks.
In the statement issued by his office, PM Lee explained why he rejected an earlier offer by his siblings to take their disagreements private after it spilt over into the public sphere last month. Meanwhile, DPM Teo addressed allegations against the Government the siblings again reiterated in their statement yesterday.
The statements by the two top leaders and the younger Lee siblings come after a two-day parliamentary debate this week that PM Lee called for. During the sitting, the Government addressed concerns over the abuse of power brought up by both Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, including against a ministerial committee DPM Teo had set up to discuss options for the Oxley Road house.
Both statements are reproduced here.
REPLY FROM PM LEE HSIEN LOONG TO THE PUBLIC STATEMENT BY DR LEE WEI LING AND MR LEE HSIEN YANG
I note my siblings' latest public statement. I share their wish not to carry on the dispute in public and to manage the disagreement in private. That is exactly what I have been trying to do.
My siblings' statement also repeats their previous allegations against me. I have already refuted these and stand by what I have said.
My siblings referred to a ceasefire offer from them. They wanted me to call off my Ministerial Statement and the debate in Parliament, disband the Ministerial Committee, and not respond to their accusations. I could not agree to do any of that. It would have been improper and irresponsible.
STATEMENT BY DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TEO CHEE HEAN
I note that Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang have stated on 6 July 2017 that they welcome Mr Lee Hsien Loong's desire, stated on 4 July 2017, to manage the disagreement in private. Like most Singaporeans, I regard this as a positive development.
With regard to Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang's allegations against the Ministerial Committee, public agencies and public officers, the Government has already responded comprehensively to all of them in Parliament.
With this development, I hope that we can all work together and focus our energy on taking Singapore forward.