On 7 Mar, Lee Hsien Yang made a Facebook post describing how he has been made a fugitive by his own country. This happened just because he stood up for a promise to his father Lee Kuan Yew. Both he and Lee Wei Ling have been fighting for what the late Lee Kuan Yew wanted – that he didn’t want his house to be preserved.
Oxley Saga Hasn’t Ended
The Oxley Road saga is a controversial dispute among Lee Kuan Yew’s children, over the fate of their family home. Lee Kuan Yew had expressed in his will that he wanted the house to be demolished after his passing. This is to prevent it from becoming a place of worship or a political shrine.
However, Lee Hsien Loong argued that the house should be preserved as a historical monument. Lee Hsien Yang noted that his brother had political motivations for preserving the house and accused him of abusing his power as Prime Minister to influence the decision.
The dispute became public in 2017 when Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling accused their brother of abusing his power and of not fulfilling their father’s wishes. The government formed a ministerial committee to examine the options for the house. However, the siblings noted that committee was biased and lacked transparency.
In 2020, the government announced that it would not demolish the house, but would instead preserve it and open it to the public for visits. However, they did not only continue to go against Lee Kuan Yew’s wishes. They also continued to prosecute Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling.
Lee Hsien Yang Is Forced To Leave His Sickly Sister Behind
He has been his sister’s caregiver ever since the death of their father. Yet he is forced to leave the country because his family has been subjected to harassment and smear campaigns.
Lee Hsien Yang expressed sadness that he is “unlikely ever to be able to see my sister face to face again”, and it pains him “beyond words”.
“I am heart-broken that I have been made a fugitive by my own country, for standing up for a promise to my father, Lee Kuan Yew.”Lee Hsien Yang
Singaporeans Show Support For Lee Hsien Yang
There has been an outpouring of grief and support for him. Many Singaporeans are supportive of this, waiting for him to come back to emancipate us from PAP’s rule.
PAP keeps making use of Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy to try to score points. Yet Lee Hsien Loong isn’t even willing to actually abide to his father’s will. Previously, Bloomberg reported about Lee Hsien Yang’s interest to run for presidency. May he really come back to teach the PAP a lesson.