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Lee Hsien Yang implies in Facebook post that he is never returning to Singapore

He said his family had 'lost our lives in Singapore', after reiterating harassment, surveillance and smear campaigns on him

Lee Hsien Yang, the younger son of the late Lee Kuan Yew, at his office in late 2017. PHOTO: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore
Lee Hsien Yang, the younger son of the late Lee Kuan Yew, at his office in late 2017. PHOTO: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore

SINGAPORE — Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has implied that he is never returning to Singapore, following reports that the police are investigating him and his wife Suet Fern for possible charges of lying under oath.

In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday (7 March), Lee reiterated previous allegations related to harassment, surveillance and smear campaigns on him, after he was embroiled in a dispute among him, PM Lee and sister Dr Lee Wei Ling over the fate of the family home at 38 Oxley Road, following the 2015 death of their father, Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

"After what I have been through, I have no confidence whatsoever in the system. We have lost our lives in Singapore, our home, our friends, our wider families and our society," he wrote in the post.

Lee also wrote in the Facebook post that his sister Wei Ling is "extremely unwell".

In August 2020, Dr Lee Wei Ling disclosed that she had been diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disease that slows movement and eventually leads to dementia.

"It pains me beyond words that I am unlikely ever to be able to see my sister face to face again," Lee wrote.

His comments came after Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean revealed in Parliament last Thursday (2 March) that the police are investigating Lee and his wife for potentially giving false evidence in judicial proceedings over his father's will.

Teo added in his written reply that the couple had left Singapore after refusing to go for a police interview which they had initially agreed to attend.

Considering to run for presidency

Bloomberg reported on Friday that Lee had been approached to run in the upcoming presidential election, and that he would consider doing so. The news agency also reported that Lee and his wife have been living in Europe for months.

According to local reports, the next presidential election must be called by 13 September, with the current President Halimah Yacob's six-year term expiring that day.

It is not the first time Lee has considered running for public office.

He had briefly contemplated running against his brother at the 2020 General Election, after he joined the opposition Progress Singapore Party. However, he later backed down saying that “Singapore doesn’t need another Lee.”

In the Facebook post, Lee said that he and his sister had held the same stance on their father's house.

"Both of us have always accepted that the Singapore government has the power to preserve our father's house, but we reject the continued pretence that he had changed his mind, that he was somehow 'ok' with it," Lee wrote.

The house at 38 Oxley Road, where the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew lived.
The house at 38 Oxley Road, where the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew lived. (PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

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