Photo of Indranee Rajah from Alchetron

In yet another case of putting words into a dead man’s mouth, Senior Minister Indranee Rajah quoted a short excerpt of Lee Kuan Yew’s will and claimed that he accepted that his will can be denied, and blaming Singaporeans for being the ones who do not want to demolish the house for “historical significance”.

The Senior Minister of Law wrote that the single clause has “two parts” to confuse the public:

“Therefore, even based on the 7th Will, several things are immediately clear:
– Demolition was not the only option contemplated by Mr Lee Kuan Yew;
– there are two parts to the clause. The part first expresses his and Mrs Lee’s wish, which was for demolition;
– however, the second part recognises that the house may not be demolished for a number of reasons. Mr Lee accepted that the house may not be demolished and in such case expressed his wishes on what should happen. Essentially he did not want the House to be open to the public. Much of the recent public discussion on this issue has been premised on the assumption that the 7th Will only contemplates one outcome – demolition. But this is not the case. The Will specifically accepts and acknowledges that demolition may not take place.”

This is the second lie and fake news issued by a Minister on Lee Kuan Yew’s last will.

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The S$930,000-a-year Senior Minister then tongue twisted claiming that Singaporeans are the one who want the property preserved:

“It is because Singaporeans understand the historical significance of the site. 38 Oxley Road is not just any old piece of property. It is intertwined with the history of the nation. For this reason, what happens to 38 Oxley Road is not purely a private family matter. It is a also a matter of public interest.”

Minister Indranee then lied that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has no influence on the Ministerial Committee when the committee are all reporting Ministers to the dictator. The Senior Minister also lied that Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean set up the committee, when the DPM earlier made no mention of any committee in his 2 year-long discussions with the executors of Lee Kuan Yew’s will. DPM Teo Chee Hean only came out to identify himself and the members last Saturday, following Lee Hsien Loong’s emergency meeting.