In his ministerial statement, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean told Singaporeans that the Cabinet Committee was set up to deliberate over the future options for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 38 Oxley Road house because there was a significant public stake in this issue.
DPM Teo said that while the government would not make a decision on the house now. Instead, the committee was set up because a few of his Cabinet colleagues felt that it would be a useful reference point for future governments to have statements from ministers and other parties who had spoken to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew on this issue.
On the quarrel between the Lee siblings, DPM Teo said the government was not party to any conflict between the siblings. He revealed that the differences between the siblings had origins that “arose before the formation of the committee in June 2016”, and allegations of “dynastic ambitions” and “abuse of power” were already being made, to many people, in smaller circles.
“In April 2016, before the committee was formed, Dr Lee Wei Ling had made a public posting making such allegations. Saying that the Committee has ‘pushed’ Mr Lee Hsien Yang to take these allegations public, therefore does not conform to the facts and chronology,” he said.
He reiterated that the committee would consider all the options, including the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s wishes, in their recommendations, and again repeated that the committee would make no decision on the house now.
He told parliament: “Instead, the committee’s approach is to study and prepare a range of options for the property and the neighbourhood so that a future Government can make an informed and considered decision when it becomes necessary, always taking into account Mr Lee’s views.”