Lee Wei Ling today (June 18) revealed that Law Minister K Shanmugam was very familiar with Lee Kuan Yew’s wish and that he is being unethical to claim that there is no conflict of interest.
The daughter of Lee Kuan Yew was very good friends with the Law Minister, but K Shanmugam has now turned his back on her:
“We were once very good friends and each had helped the other a great deal. Also Shan knows Pa’s real wish and concern as Pa consulted him when I invited Shan to Oxley. His view on conflicts of interests is absurd and unethical. It is sad to see how he has changed.”
According to Lee Wei Ling’s email, Law Minister K Shanmugam was once invited over to meet Lee Kuan Yew on one occasion, and the Minister gave extensive advice.
Just yesterday (June 17), Lee Hsien Loong set up a “Ministerial Committee” within a day. Law Minister K Shanmugam was announced to be part of the committee. Lee Hsien Yang then made a press release dismissing the existence of the committee unless the government intends to invalidate Lee Kuan Yew’s last will, and questioned that since the matter is private, isn’t Lee Hsien Loong abusing his prime minister powers to override the will. Lee Hsien Yang also added that Law Minister K Shanmugam should not be in the committee at all as he earlier advised Lee Kuan Yew to not demolish the house.
Law Minister K Shanmugam shot back and said there is no conflicts because he is the Law Minister, and told Lee Hsien Yang to sue if the latter insists. Lee Wei Ling weighed in to provide an email evidence proving that K Shanmugam was indeed influencing Lee Kuan Yew and the Law Minister stopped responding.
The son of Lee Hsien Yang, Li Shengwu, posted on Facebook referring to K Shanmugam:
“Twelve hours ago I gave the following statement to AFP: “Not only do I intend never to go into politics, I believe that it would be bad for Singapore if any third-generation Lee went into politics. The country must be bigger than one family.”
Today we are going to learn a lot about the country of my birth. We are going to learn whether (as I hope) the ruling party is still full of men and women of quality and strong character, or whether “it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!””