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Li Shengwu’s latest post shows he isn’t ready for a truce

On 6th July, when Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling posted a note saying that “For now we will cease presenting further evidence on social media, provided that we and our father’s wish are not attacked or misrepresented”, it looked like the #FamiLEE Saga was finally going to slow down and the Lee siblings were finally to stop splashing all the dirty linen in public, which has proven to be very much awkward and embarassing for Singaporeans, many of whom are not used to talking about the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew let alone share gossips about the family.

Then today (15 Jul), Li Shengwu posted this seemingly “just for your information” innocent post, which is not so innocent if you read carefully.

See that portion he wrote in brackets?

“Keep in mind, of course that the Singapore government is very litigious and has a pliant court system. This constrains what the international media can usually report…”

What he is essentially saying is this:

  • the Singapore Government will anyhow sue for anything
  • The Singapore courts will bend easily to the will of the government

Wow Shengwu, can I clap for you? Now you are calling out your own grandfather?

Your grandfather, Mr Lee Kuan Yew himself set the precedence, having sued foreign media including the big ones like the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal.

Yes, for articles deemed libelous, he had sued, in order to protect the integrity of the clean and uncorrupt image that he and the PAP leaders had sought to build and maintain. More interestingly, the lawsuit against IHT’s Philip Bowring was in fact because of a claim in Bowring’s Op Ed that suggested Lee Hsien Loong became Prime Minister not by merit, but through nepotism. So if the late Mr LKY had sued to wipe out such a suggestion, then our guess is that he wanted to erase any suggestion of “Dynasty building”.

Opposition politicians including the late JB Jeyaretnam and Chee Soon Juan too were sued.

The internet is filled with people whom LKY sued, some even to bankruptcy

Shengwu’s post definitely seems like he is spoiling for a fight. LHL had already said categorically in Parliament on 3rd July that he will not sue his siblings.

Shengwu, however, seems to be spoiling for the fight to continue, posting this appears to be in an attempt to provoke the Singapore Government and the Judiciary to do something. It screams “Come sue me for contempt of court lah!”

It screams “Come sue me for contempt of court lah!”

WP MP Low Thia Khiang had asked in Parliament on 4th July, if PM Lee’s decision not to sue his own siblings was double standards, given that they had in the past sued opposition till pants drop.

Shengwu’s new provocation further serves to arm twist the Government.

To sue or not to sue? 

Perhaps PM Lee will not sue, but there is nothing stopping the Judiciary from taking Li Shengwu on.

Afterall, he is not royalty. And PM Lee himself had said that no one is above the law. Not even if your Ah Gong built the country.

1 Comment

  1. Abigail

    haha. ironically, that is the legal system his grandfather built and what li shengwu indirectly praised in his eulogy. He is right to say court system is institutionally pliant. Thats the legal system his grandpa advocated and inherited from the British. A group of un-elected old men and women called judges have no business in telling whether a law enacted by an elected parliament is right or wrong. The judge’s role is simply is simply to interpret the law within its confines. This applies to defamation laws as well. The judge have no business telling LHL (or LKY since his grandpa did most of the suing) their defamation suits are ethical or un-ethical.

    The intention is to prevent the USA situation from happening whereby a group of unelected old men and women (and predominantly white) are behaving like they are their own congress making their own laws.

    But if Li Shengwu is claiming that the court’s court’s decision-making is not fair (pliant, or some other adjectives), then it is worth contempt of the court. Even organizations like Transparency International and international legal scholars have noted that the defamation suits are conducted in a way which is fair until cannot be more fair. The trial was conducted openly in a public hearing and the trial is fair. Both sides make submissions, and it is just that the defendants hasn’t been able to produce any shred of evidence to back up their allegations. Saying that the court’s decision-making is not fair is not only a contempt of court, but also an insult to his grandpa. However, i am inclined to think he is not referring to the latter, or else he should really be ashamed of himself.

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