SMS Indranee Rajah asks “Why is the government being asked to demolish the house now?” We have never asked the Government to allow us to demolish the house now, only after Wei Ling’s departure.
In turn, we ask “Why was a secret committee on the house formed in 2016?” On 13 April 2015, PM Lee stated that since Wei Ling intended to continue living in the house, it was for the “government of the day” to decide.
Beyond the committee’s opening letters, the committee was focussed primarily on parroting LHL’s attacks on our father’s will, and in particular, clause 7. (Just as SMS Indranee does now.) This was clearly an abuse of power by LHL.
SMS Indranee is pretending that the secret committee had an open discussion with Lee Kuan Yew’s Estate about options for the house. Nothing could be further from the truth. The committee refused to state either the options it was considering or its final deliverable.
Long before the committee was formed, we offered to DPM Teo that the house be demolished after Wei Ling’s departure, and a memorial garden be built in its place. DPM Teo was reluctant and did not pursue the discussion further. LHL also rejected this offer.