Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Wei Ling criticise panel's findings over Oxley Road home

Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Wei Ling criticise panel's findings over Oxley Road home
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - The brother and sister of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday that a ministerial panel's declarations about the future of a home lived in by their late father, Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, were inaccurate.

In a sign that a family feud over the property may be far from over, they criticised a report published by the committee on Monday(April 2) which laid out three options for the house: preserving it as a national monument, preserving part of it, or demolishing it.

Prime Minister Lee's younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, who owns the property, and sister Lee Wei Ling, who still lives there, want the house to be eventually demolished in accordance with what they say were their father's wishes as stated in his will.

But the prime minister last year questioned whether his father really wanted the home at 38 Oxley Road, near Singapore's bustling Orchard Road shopping district, to be knocked down. He has said he has recused himself from government discussions on the matter.

"It is clear that our father was not endorsing alternatives to demolition," the siblings said in a joint statement on Facebook. "The Committee's statement does not accurately represent Lee Kuan Yew's wishes."

on Facebook

Response to the Report of the Once-secret Committee

Posted by Lee Hsien Yang onĀ Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The feud over the home gripped Singapore for at least a month last year and included accusations by the prime minister's siblings that he was prepared to use the organs of the state against them. The accusations were denied by the prime minister.

38 Oxley road is Singapore's latest Instagram hotspot

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    In a quiet estate near busy Orchard Road, people are turning up to take selfies and pose with their loved ones and pets in front of an old, two-storey bungalow.

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    The house, barely visible behind a tall white fence flanked by two guardhouses, is 38, Oxley Road. PHOTO: Instagram/farhan.sham

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    The family home of Singapore's late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was the subject of a two-day parliamentary debate this week. PHOTO: Instagram/semleong0128

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    Mr Lee's son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, made a ministerial statement and answered questions about allegations of abuse of power by his younger siblings with regard to the house. PHOTO: Instagram/mel___chin

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    On social media platform Instagram, users have been seen posing near the century-old house, with the "38, Oxley Road" location tag showing more than 25 posts as of Wednesday evening (July 5). PHOTO: Instagram/i.eat.pancakes

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    At the same time, "38 oxley road" was also the third-highest trending topic on Twitter Singapore. PHOTO: Instagram/chaycya

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    Some pose inside the iconic guardhouses. Security guards are no longer stationed there. PHOTO: Instagram/steph_yong

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    Mr Lee died in March 2015 at the age of 91 and the house is now occupied by his daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling. PHOTO: Instagram/pamgoestravelling

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    Some prefer to take pictures with the backdrop of the fence, which is lined with bougainvillea. Others take selfies from across the two-lane road. PHOTO: Instagram/sidpicky

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    When The Straits Times went to 38, Oxley Road over the weekend, at least eight people were spotted taking photos.

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    "Must take photo. Once demolish, no more already," the man was overheard saying.

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