By Agence France-Presse
Hundreds of Singaporeans staged a rare protest Saturday calling for an impartial inquiry right into a bitter family feud between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings.
The rally at a delegated free-speech nook in the strictly managed city-state was the primary public protest because the feud burst into the open on June 14.
The prime minister’s youthful siblings, Hsien Yang, 60, and Wei Ling, 62, have accused him of nepotism and abuse of energy in a row that has prompted outrage on social media.
The spat is centred on a dispute about plans for his or her late father’s residence, a century-old bungalow.
Lee Kuan Yew, who’s broadly credited with reworking Singapore from a British colony to considered one of Asia’s wealthiest international locations, acknowledged in his will that he needs the home torn right down to keep away from the constructing of a character cult round him.
But the prime minister’s siblings say their brother is trying 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, 65, has denied the allegations however stated he wouldn’t sue his siblings.
Organisers estimated the variety of protesters at 600, however an AFP reporter counted round 300.
Protest chief Gilbert Goh stated he and his fellow supporters have been calling for a more clear authorities and for an impartial inquiry to be set as much as look into the allegations towards the prime minister.
A banner hanging on a stage learn: “Singapore belongs to Singaporeans and not to the Familee”, referring to the Lee family, which has supplied two out of three of Singapore’s premiers in the 5 a long time since independence.(AFP)