Lee Hsien Yang refutes PM's claim of role wife played in Lee Kuan Yew's last will

Family members of Lee Kuan Yew at his state funeral on 29 March 2015, second row left to right: Lee Suet Fern, Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching and Lee Wei Ling. (File photo: AP)

In the latest update on Friday morning (16 June) in the ongoing feud among the Lee family, Lee Hsien Yang has refuted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s claim about the role that Hsien Yang’s wife Lee Suet Fern played in the preparation of the last will of the late Lee Kuan Yew.

Hsien Yang also refuted claims from the Ministerial Committee overseeing the fate of 38 Oxley Road.

Prime Minister Lee had said on 15 June that his siblings “had not responded to the Committee’s questions about how the last will was prepared and ‘the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm played in preparing the [L]ast [W]ill’”.

Hsien Yang refuted the claim, adding that he and his sister Lee Wei Ling replied on 28 February.

He said on Facebook, “The Final Will was not drafted by Stamford Law Corporation or Mr. Ng Joo Khin and LHL’s claimed recollection to that effect is clearly erroneous.”

On Thursday night, Wei Ling also released screenshots of emails apparently refuting some of the claims.

Prime Minister Lee had on Thursday night posted a summary of statutory declarations that he had made to a ministerial committee about the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s will.

The committee had been set up to look at options for the late Lee’s house at 38 Oxley Road.

In the fifth point of the summary, PM Lee said there were “deeply troubling circumstances concerning the making of the Last Will” of his father.

Later that same night, Hsien Yang responded on his Facebook page to the release of the statutory declarations with a photo, reportedly of a page of the last will that the late Lee Kuan Yew had signed, which included the intention for the house to be demolished.

Separately, their sister Wei Ling commented on her Facebook page about the last will and her “right to live in” the Oxley Road house.

Wei Ling said that she “was concerned about my right to live at 38 Oxley Road. Lee Kuan Yew’s final will of 17 December 2013 gave me that right”.

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