In the latest development in the Lee family feud, Lee Hsien Yang said that he and his sister Wei Ling had offered an alternative use for the Oxley Road site after it was demolished.
In a post on Tuesday morning (27 June), he claimed that the offer was turned down. He wrote, “Long before the committee was formed, we offered to DPM Teo (Chee Hean) that the house be demolished after Wei Ling’s departure, and a memorial garden be built in its place. DPM Teo was reluctant and did not pursue the discussion further. LHL (Lee Hsien Loong) also rejected this offer.”
Hsien Yang was writing in response to a Facebook post on Sunday (26 June) by Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah where she asked why Hsien Yang was “asking for an immediate commitment on demolition now”. She also listed four possible options for 38 Oxley Road – demolition, preservation, conservation or compulsory acquisition.
“We have never asked the Government to allow us to demolish the house now, only after Wei Ling’s departure,” said Hsien Yang.
He added, “SMS Indranee is pretending that the secret committee had an open discussion with Lee Kuan Yew’s Estate about options for the house. Nothing could be further from the truth. The committee refused to state either the options it was considering or its final deliverable.”