The children, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, went to court soon after the late Mr Lee’s death over their rights to use and have copies of the oral history transcripts of the late Mr Lee done in the early 1980s.
The High Court eventually ruled last year that it was not the intention of the late Mr Lee for his estate to have free use or custody of interviews he had given in the early 1980s as part of a government oral history project.
Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang then appealed against the decision.
Lawyers representing the estate argued that it should be allowed to make copies of the transcripts. They said that in addition to Mr Lee’s work as prime minister, the interviews also contained personal information about himself and his family and some of this information had also been published by the media.
As the material in the interviews is politically sensitive and concerns affairs of the state, the Government countered that Mr Lee’s right to grant permission for use of the transcripts, access to them, or for copies to be made, was personal to him and should not be extended to the estate.
The court will decide on the children’s appeal in due time.
Source: Channel News Asia