SINGAPORE — Lee Hsien Yang, the youngest child of Singapore’s late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, has given the fledgling Progress Singapore Party (PSP) his full backing.
In a post on his Facebook page on Sunday evening (28 July), the 62-year-old said, “I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party.”
Echoing PSP chief Tan Cheng Bock’s claim that the foundations of good governance in the People’s Action Party (PAP) have been eroded, he added, “Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way.”
Hsien Yang’s statement comes two days after Dr Tan, a former presidential candidate who lost the 2011 election by a whisker, launched the PSP.
The two men have been seen together in public on several occasions, while Dr Tan also called the estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a “good friend” at a press conference on Friday.
In recent months, Hsien Yang has helped fund activist Jolovan Wham’s appeal against a contempt of court conviction. He also made a donation to the crowdfunding campaign of blogger Leong Sze Hian, who filed a counterclaim against PM Lee in the latter’s defamation suit.
Since 2017, Hsien Yang and his older sister Wei Ling have been embroiled in a long-running public spat with PM Lee. The dispute is centred on the fate of their old family home at 38 Oxley Road and the last wishes of their late father.