Ah, the Familee feud rages on. I’d thought that last year’s episode was the end of it. Turned out, the Lee siblings – Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling – had something else in store for Lee Hsien Loong.
What the three Lees had said so far, as well as Mdm Lim Suet Fern (Lee Hsien Yang’s wife), have been widely covered by both the mainstream and alternative media sites. Here’s my three points on this saga:
- It’s about the House, and perhaps something more?
It’s pretty obvious that the dispute between the Lees is over the house at 38 Oxley Road. In particular, a disagreement over what to do with the Lee’s family home now that Mr Lee Kuan Yew is no longer around.
38 Oxley Road featured prominently in the six page long document released by Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang. Again, it featured prominently in Lee Hsien Yang’s exclusive interview with TODAY. When asked for the specifics of state persecution, which he had earlier stated, Lee Hsien Yang said that the cabinet committee to decide what to do with 38 Oxley Road was an example.
More light was shed by Lee Wei Ling last night. There’s a screenshot from her Facebook post:
Once again, it’s about the House. But why the obsession with the House, apart from them wanting to make sure that Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s last wishes (or rather, their interpretation of LKY’s final wishes) are upheld?
Lee Wei Ling sort of hinted that money is a key issue here – in particular, a donation of 50% of 38 Oxley Road’s value to charity. Or rather, Lee Hsien Yang was apparently arm twisted into giving that donation. Back in 2015, Lee Hsien Loong and Lee Hsien Yang publicly said that they would each donate half the value of the house to charity. According to property experts, the value of the property is at least SGD24 million.
But honestly, what’s 12 million to these elites? And if it is about $$$$$, then I guess the Lee sibling’s feud isn’t any different from the family feuds between the children of other rich elite families – fighting over property and money when their parents are no longer around.
First world problems indeed.
2. Persecution, really?
So the Lee siblings said that they were being forced to leave Singapore because of the fear of persecution.
That’s rich coming from these elites who have benefited from the system. Where were they when their father persecuted his political opponents and other dissenters? Did they speak up for these individuals?
And now, they are doing a Chee Soon Juan by bad mouthing Singapore in front of foreign media. And doing a Amos Yee and Han Hui Hui by claiming political persecution (?).
If being persecuted means that I can still go to work to my fancy law firm, and slowly pack my bags from my nice landed estate in Caldecott, then i don’t mind being persecuted.
If being persecuted and fleeing my country means that I can go on a nice long Scottish Island holiday, then I don’t mind being persecuted.
If being persecuted means that I can post on FB from the comfort of my apartment in Harvard University, then I don’t mind being persecuted.
How absurd. You know what’s the real face of persecution? This:
So don’t make a mockery of the people around the world who are dealing and struggling with real issues everyday.
3. It is a family issue, so keep it that way.
At the end of the day, this whole saga is a private tussle over an estate left behind by a dead man. It’s a family issue, and should be kept that way.
And if you have issues with it, then just bring the matters to the courts and let the judiciary decide. Just like what other rich elite and privileged families do.
But no, these privileged elites decided that they are more special than others, and want to bring the issue up in the public domain. By expanding the scope of conflict, they are trying to get the average Singaporean on their side in their fight against another elite – Ah Loong.
You think what, Singaporeans your private army ah? You think Singaporeans are chess pieces for you to move around ah?
How convenient. These rich and elite individuals suddenly elevated as champions of democracy in Singapore. These privileged people, who didn’t bat an eyelid in the past when LKY was PM, are now suddenly the defenders of Singapore institutions against a supposedly autocratic Prime Minister who is abusing his power.
And if you think that life will be better in future should the FMS (Father Mother Scholarship) awardeee, the Raffles -> Oxford -> Stanford -> Harvard educated Li Shengwu enter local politics, think again.
That is all.