Controlled by dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the 2-men tribunal openly attacked former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew claiming that the former Prime Minister did not know what he was signing because he was too old.
According to audio recording of the closed-door tribunal hearing, the Tribunal ruled in favour of Lee Hsien Loong’s Attorney General Lucien Wong saying:
“Mr Lee was not in full command of his faculties at the time he executed his last will.”
In defence, Lee Suet Fern’s lawyers lashed out at the Attorney General and the two judges:
“In finding Mrs Lee guilty, would be putting forward that Mr Lee did not understand his own will despite reading and re-reading his will not just once but several times. Indeed, anyone who has ever had dealings with Mr Lee Kuan Yew would find the very idea utterly laughable. Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a dominating character of sharp intellect who knew exactly what he wanted and was accustomed to having his instructions carried out without delay. The situation here was that Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a sophisticated and shrewd individual with a starred double first in law from Cambridge University and experience of running a country for well over half a century. He was not some ignorant feeble-minded dotard being fooled by a sharp lawyer.”
The tribunal ruled otherwise despite being presented with evidence, one of which an email written by Lee Kuan Yew himself, which specifically said not to wait for his usual lawyer Kwa Kim Li.
Lee Kuan Yew, when alive, was the one who demanded the last will to be signed as soon as possible within 16 hours:
“Mr Lee was not a patient man… He knew exactly what he wanted and had independently decided to re-execute his first will – one that was previously drafted by Ms Kwa and executed on Aug 20, 2011 – and was just looking for somebody to witness it… usual lawyer, Ms Kwa Kim Li, had promised to have something ready for him to sign by the end of the week, which was Dec 15, 2013, but nothing was done.”
The task was then handed over to Lee Hsien Yang’s wife, Lee Suet Fern.
Lee Hsien Loong is trying to overturn the last will of his father, that called for the family house 38 Oxley Road to be demolished. The dictator refused to do so and subsequently abused his premiership powers to overrule the will. Standing in his way is his younger brother Lee Hsien Yang and sister Lee Wei Ling, who vowed to honour their father’s last will.
The wife and son of Lee Hsien Yang has since been persecuted and exiled to Hong Kong and US.