Addressing media queries on the late Lee Kuan Yew’s will, Lee Hsien Yang on Saturday insisted that his father’s final will was the result of the first Singapore prime minister’s instruction to revert to his first will.
In a Facebook post in the wee hours of Saturday (17 June), Lee Hsien Yang also said that his father acknowledged the demolition clause of the family home on 38 Oxley Road in the final will.
“Lee Kuan Yew read the final will carefully and initialled every page, including just below the demolition clause,” he said.
Lee Hsien Yang’s brother, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has raised questions over his father’s final will, saying it was made under “deeply troubling circumstances”.
In a summary of statutory declarations to a ministerial committee looking at options for the Lee family’s home, the prime minister said there was “no evidence” that his father knew that the demolition clause had been re-inserted in the last will.
He also noted that an important gift-over clause that had thorough provisions for scenarios when he or his siblings died before their father was not in the final will, although it was in the first one.
In his post, Lee Hsien Yang explained the discrepancy. “Lee Kuan Yew’s final will of December 2013 was engrossed on the basis of Lee Kuan Yew’s express instruction to revert to his first will from 2011. On the basis of this instruction, we took what we understood to be the final version of the 2011 will, without realising that a gift over clause had been in the executed version of the 2011 will,” he said.
“Lee Kuan Yew’s final will was simply Lee Kuan Yew’s first will of 20 August 2011 re-executed on his instructions,” he declared.