SINGAPORE – “We are not making a criticism of the Government of Singapore, as we made clear from the beginning,” said Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Singapore’s Prime Minister today.
The government asks of us, “Are they whistleblowing in a noble effort to save Singapore, or waging a personal vendetta without any care for the damage done to Singapore?” wrote Hsien Yang in his fresh update on Facebook.
It was posted a day after Singapore’s Parliament concluded a two-day debate on allegations made by him and his sister against the Prime Minister and his Government.
“What we have said is that we are disturbed by the character, conduct, motives and leadership of our brother, Lee Hsien Loong,” he wrote.
Since the passing of their father Lee Kuan Yew, who was the city-state’s first prime minister, Hsien Yang said they have felt threatened by Hsien Loong’s misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government and its agencies to drive his personal agenda.
Hsien Yang said their private family dispute would have remained a private family dispute if Hsien Loong had not used government agencies and a secret ministerial committee to force his way.
“Sadly, it is Lee Hsien Loong who has dragged the government into a personal dispute,” he said.
The Singapore Parliament sitting made its own history the past two days as the House heard fully the accusations against the Prime Minister and the government.
It was aimed at enabling Hsien Loong and his Cabinet to give account to Parliament and clear the air.
This was prompted by allegations of abuse of power made against Hsien Loong by his younger siblings Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling on June 14 over their late father’s wishes for the family home at Oxley Road.
“In Singapore, the PM and his wife should not be above the law. The PM should abide by the same high standards that are expected of even junior civil servants. To show evidence that he has failed to meet these standards, is not to attack the Singapore system, but to preserve it.
Hsien Yang said his father’s legacy “is more than bricks and mortar.”
“He made sure that all government officials acted with justice and integrity. He accepted nothing less than incorruptibility, especially from the very top. Singapore can yet live up to his legacy,” said Hsien Yang before ending the posting.- BERNAMA