Published: Wed, July 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Singapore PM denies nepotism amid family feud in parliament speech

Singapore PM denies nepotism amid family feud in parliament speech

He said the head of Temasek is appointed by its board subject to confirmation by the president of Singapore, and that his son has already said he is not interested in politics.

They also accused PM Lee and his wife of wanting to milk their father's legacy and harbouring political ambitions for their son, Hongyi. But the prime minister has said there were "deeply troubling circumstances" over how the will was drawn up.

The prime minister has consistently denied the allegations, and said he was very disappointed that they have chosen to publicize private family matters.

"There is thus urgency to explain, restore trust and get back on track". "A call for more transparency in the government's decision-making process will be heightened in Singapore going forward", said Professor Keiko Tamura of the University of Kitakyushu, a specialist in worldwide relations and Southeast Asian studies. "He (Lee Kuan Yew) understood".

Lee Hsien Yang, the youngest of the three siblings, told the Post the prime minister had misled their father Lee Kuan Yew into thinking the government had gazetted the patriarch's century-old bungalow for preservation as a heritage site.

During the first day of the debate there were no revelations over the accusation that Prime Minister Lee had abused his power, or why his siblings should say that they feared the "organs of the state" could be used against them. Therefore, the constant self-policing, restraint and care of the Prime Minister in wielding the huge power at his disposal, is paramount.

People who have publicly criticised the first family have in the past faced libel suits but the leader said he would not sue his brother and sister as the process could drag on for years and "further besmirch my parents' names". Own sibling, can not sue. Public accusations against Singaporean leaders are extremely rare, and both Lee and his father have won defamation lawsuits against their political opponents. After all we are all brothers and sisters.

Mr Low also called on the PM to clarify some doubts the opposition politician has on the "nagging question" of why the PM did not sue his siblings. It holds 83 out of 89 seats in Parliament.

In a separate Ministerial Statement, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Minister in charge of the Civil Service, reiterated that the public service is guided by a code of conduct that lays out principles, which public officers must abide by to ensure integrity in the service.

The premier's predecessor, Goh Chok Tong, meanwhile attacked the two younger Lee siblings and Lee Hsien Yang's lawyer wife Lee Suet Fern for using disagreements over 38 Oxley Road to advance what he claimed was a "personal vendetta".

"It is now no more a cynical parlour game".

Dr. Lee and her brother have claimed that the prime minister secretly wanted the house preserved to "inherit the faith Singaporeans had in Lee Kuan Yew through the visible symbol of the house".

A scientific poll conducted by the Singapore-based pollster Blackbox Research showed eight out of ten Singaporeans felt the feud had hurt the Lion City's global reputation.

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