Last month, LKY’s grandson Li Shengwu ended the truce by posting on FB that “the Singapore government is very litigious and has a pliant court system”.
Unsurprisingly, AGC played the contempt of court card.
Meanwhile, Li had a comeback of his own, editing but refusing to take down the FB post as required by AGC. So AGC went ahead to file charges. (Btw, Li, a Junior Fellow at Harvard, also told Reuters that has no intention of coming back to face charges.)
I am irritated. Why?
Because this private family matter should have stayed private.
Because it is still ongoing in the public eye, and tax dollars are being wasted on this nonsense.
Because there are so many more important matters that should be on our minds. (No? How about our neighbour’s new military base on the SINGAPOREAN part of Pedra Branca? Or a SPY on our shores?)
And lastly, because this whole thing stinks of double standards.
I kept reading about people clamouring for PM to sue his siblings, citing double standards. Yet when it comes to really getting sued, people now say that Li Shengwu shouldn’t be sued.
Take Tan Bah Bah, former ST writer, for example.
In his column, Tan called Li an ‘articulate grandson of LKY’ (more on this phrase later). He told the govt to leave the boy alone, because #PoorThingLah.
And, finally, we come to Li Shengwu, the son of Lee Hsien Yang and grandson of Lee Kuan Yew.
Perhaps he has been impetuous. He has his own set of ideals, as most young people do and he truly feels Singapore should change. We agree with him 100 per cent here. He is not alone. Perhaps he is angry. And why not? His father and mother have been under attack. Perhaps too, he wants to be pro-active and a player, that is, become an influencer to advance his views on issues. I would say welcome. As an articulate grandson of LKY, he has every right to do so.
Leave him – and the WP – alone.
We are all Singaporeans.
“This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans”
*Sense And Nonsense is a weekly series. Tan Bah Bah is a former senior leader writer with The Straits Times. He was also managing editor of a local magazine publishing company.
But just last month, he seemed to suggest, quoting Low Thia Khiang’s comment to ESM Goh Chok Tong, that the govt practised double standards when it came to suing others.
So … govt should sue everyone equally, except some are more equal than others?
You can’t have it both ways, Mr Tan et al. Can’t just change your stance whenever it’s convenient when it suits you.
Coming back to the whole ‘articulate grandson of LKY’ thing, I am also extremely irritated because of the hypocrisy that seems to run through the Li family.
Do both Li Shengwu and his father not realise how ridiculous they look? Do Singaporeans who are blindly cheering them on have goldfish memories?
For crying out loud, their grandfather whacked political opponents, foreign media with the same lawsuits and tactics they claim to be on the receiving end of now. Where were they when these happened? They chose to lie low because it was convenient for them. Now that the tables are turned, do they realise how shitty it was for others so they decide to force the nation to watch their spat.
Talk about privilege.