Photo of ESM Goh Chok Tong from Straits Times

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong defends Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in government yesterday (July 4) saying that the younger Lee siblings were trying to bring the PM down. ESM Goh Chok Tong asserted that the PM’s siblings were not interested in the house and are just exacting vengeance on the PM:

“Are they whistle-blowing in a noble effort to save Singapore, or waging a personal vendetta without any care for the damage done to Singapore? I have kept my ears open. From what Lee Hsien Yang and his wife are freely telling many others, it is clear that their goal is to bring Lee Hsien Loong down as PM, regardless of the huge collateral damage suffered by the Government and Singaporeans. I have come to the conclusion that neither money nor the house is the real issue. The dispute over 38, Oxley Road is only a fig leaf for the deep cracks within the family, cracks which perhaps started decades ago. What then is the agenda of PM’s accusers?”

The former PM claimed that he has “full confidence” in the PM and that he believes Lee Hsien Loong is innocent.

Lee Hsien Loong yesterday told government that his siblings threatened him during his election in 2015 that they would make the matter public if Lee Hsien Loong refuse to comply their father’s will. The 83 PAP MPs in Parliament was out in full force defending PM Lee Hsien Loong’s reputation with the exception of the 7 Opposition MPs.