Singapore politicians and citizens alike have called on the Lees to settle their family feud in private but the PM’s brother is showing no signs of halting his attacks – the latest implicating the PM’s wife.
In our report two days ago, we had hoped there would be a breather over the squabble between Singapore’s PM and his siblings after his public apology, at least until Jul 3 when Parliament sits where he said he will make a ministerial statement.
That was not to be.
A fresh allegation, supported by documented evidence, by the PM’s brother Lee Hsien Yang has taken the row beyond a dispute over the family house but to what Singaporeans fear most – the PM’s abuse of power.
The source of the items handed to the National Heritage Board (NHB) – ostensibly on loan – is listed to be Ho, under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Hsien Yang’s take is that Ho “helped herself” to the items and “she had no business doing this” when Kuan Yew was gravely ill in ICU. Kuan Yew was warded in hospital.
He added that “it is deeply troubling that someone can represent the PMO despite holding no official position”.
Ho is officially known as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife and CEO of Temasek Holdings, and not employed by PMO as a civil servant.
Those who have been following the on-going fracas would be familiar with the accusations made by the PM’s siblings.
They issued a joint statement on Jun 14 delivering harsh criticisms of their elder brother, saying that they are disturbed by his character, conduct, motives and leadership, and the role of his wife.
The accusations and rebuttals have been largely been based on accounts from both siblings and PM Lee’s entourage.
However, with Hsien Yang now posting documented proof to back his side of the story, the light thrown on the PM and his wife is hardly flattering.
Lee Kuan Yew is probably turning in his grave while the war rages on.
Fact File on Ho Ching
- Born on Mar 27, 1953 (age 64)
- Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) degree holder from Stanford University.
- Married Lee Hsien Loong on Dec 17, 1985
- Has one daughter, three sons (the PM has a daughter and eldest son from his first marriage)
- Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings, a powerful investment company owned by the Singapore Government
- Listed as the 30th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes last year