CAN PM LEE REALLY RECUSED HIMSELF FROM OXLEY ROAD SAGA?

Dear Editors

I refer to the article “Oxley Road: Full transcript and video of ministerial statement in Parliament by PM Lee Hsien Loong” (Straits Times, Jul 3).

It states that “So at the next Cabinet meeting, two days after the Parliament Sitting, I recused myself from all discussions and decisions relating to the house, and placed DPM Teo Chee Hean in charge and this was formally recorded in the cabinet minutes. From that point on, I have been out of the loop whenever the Government handles matters concerning the house. I play no part in any of the discussions or decisions.”

How can the PM recused himself (“I recused myself from all discussions and decisions”) – and yet participated – such as making three statutory declarations to the ministerial committee?

In this regard, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – “recused” means “to disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly : to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest” – what is the ministerial committee’s understanding of “recused”?

Why is it that only parts of the PM’s three statutory declarations were released to the public – why not release the three statutory declarations fully?

Leong Sze Hian

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