By: Agence France-Presse
The brother of Singapore’s prime minister Tuesday accused him of lying in parliament about the ultimate needs of their father, revered founding chief Lee Kuan Yew, the newest instalment of an explosive household feud.
Lee Hsien Yang accused Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 65, of falsely telling parliament Monday that their father had been open to reconsidering plans to demolish a century-old household bungalow.
The home is on the centre of a political drama that has simmered for the reason that 2015 death of the elder Lee, and which has performed out in public with the PM and his siblings exchanging barbs on social media, surprising a tightly managed nation unused to divisions among the many elite.
The patriarch had wished the bungalow destroyed after he handed away to forestall the creation of a character cult.
But the prime minister’s siblings say their brother is making an attempt to dam the home’s demolition to capitalise on their father’s legacy for his personal political agenda, together with grooming his personal son as a future chief.
“(Lee Hsien Loong) has made convoluted, but ultimately false, claims about Lee Kuan Yew’s wishes,” the 60-year-old mentioned in a Facebook post Tuesday, which was shared by his sister Wei Ling, 62.
The dispute burst into the open last month when the PM’s brother and sister launched assaults on Facebook, which shortly went viral.
In Monday’s speech, the PM mentioned that regardless of a “demolition clause” governing the home in his remaining will, his father was “prepared to consider alternatives”, and had even authorized renovation plans ought to the federal government determine in opposition to tearing down the constructing.
However Hsien Yang mentioned that his father had been misled by the prime minister into agreeing to the renovation, with the elder Lee made to consider the home had been listed as a national monument so couldn’t be torn down — a declare of which the founding chief’s lawyer had discovered no proof.
Lee Kuan Yew, the nation’s authoritarian first prime minister, dominated Singapore from 1959 to 1990.
His death at age 91 sparked an enormous outpouring of grief amongst Singaporeans, many of whom credit score the household patriarch with turning Singapore from a poor former British colony into one of the world’s wealthiest and most secure societies.
The debate in parliament continued for a second day on Tuesday.(AFP)