Lee Kuan Yew’s death has eventually resulted a family feud between his eldest son and eldest daughter to go public today. On her Facebook, Lee Wei Ling blasted her Prime Minister brother Lee Hsien Loong for abusing power to establish a dynasty.
Lee Wei Ling wrote on Facebook:”HL has no qualms abusing his power to hv a commemoration just one year after LKY died, least we forget. If the power that be wants to establish a dynasty, LKY’s daughter will not allow LKY’s name to be sullied by a dishonorable son.”
PM Lee Hsien Loong then used his controlled-press The Straits Times to hit her back saying that he is “completely saddened”:
“I am deeply saddened by my sister Dr Lee Wei Ling’s claim that I have abused my power to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing in order to establish a dynasty. The accusations are completely untrue.
…The idea that I should wish to establish a dynasty makes even less sense. ”
Lee Hsien Loong’s wife Ho Ching also posted on her Facebook a photo of a monkey pointing its middle finger right after Lee Wei Ling posted on Facebook criticising her husband. You may view the photo here.
Lee Wei Ling expressed her frustrations calling the lack of freedom of speech when she was censored by the PM-controlled Straits Times. The newspaper then hit back at Lee Wei Ling saying she was censored for plagiarism [Link].
The Prime Minister’s government spent undisclosed millions of taxes on his father’s death, making it as grand as the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, to which Lee Hsien Loong justified saying “to recognise the strong desire of many Singaporeans to show their respect for Mr Lee, and honour what he did for us.”
PM Lee Hsien Loong was “unleashed” after his father’s death by commencing a series of defamation lawsuits and abusing the Singapore Police to press sedition charges against his critics. The PM went on a propaganda overdrive and used his government powers to enact a law to make it illegal to criticise Lee Kuan Yew’s name and image. According to the Ministry of Culture Community and Youth (MCCY), there will be penalties if Lee Kuan Yew’s name is not “accorded with dignity and respect”. A 16-year-old was jailed 50 days in 2015 for producing a youtube video insulting Lee Kuan Yew. A 3-month-pregnant woman was also jailed 10 months for writing articles online criticising Lee Hsien Loong’s government. A 32 year old blogger was also sentenced to pay S$150,000 in defamation charges for criticising Lee Hsien Loong.
Lee Hsien Loong is currently the most powerful man in Singapore, with his Prime Minister’s post and his portfolio as the country’s sovereign wealth fund GIC’s Chairman. The only person who occupied both positions was his father Lee Kuan Yew. Lee Hsien Loong is also the most well-paid politician in the world with a S$2.2 million annual salary, but he claims he needed the exorbitant salaries to keep himself and his government uncorrupted.
According to sources closed to the Lee family, many have advised Lee Wei Ling to accept Lee Hsien Loong as the new head of the family after her father’s death. The practice of accepting the eldest son as the new head is often practiced in China dynasties. Some expressed concerns that Lee Hsien Loong may abuse his inherited powers to persecute his vocal sister.