Lee Wei Ling accuses lawyer Kwa Kim Li of lying about non-involvement in father's 2013 will

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An image shared by Lee Wei Ling of a supposed e-mail sent by Lee & Lee lawyer Kwa Kim Li to the late Lee Kuan Yew on 12 December 2013. (PHOTO: Facebook / Lee Wei Ling)
An image shared by Lee Wei Ling of a supposed e-mail sent by Lee & Lee lawyer Kwa Kim Li to the late Lee Kuan Yew on 12 December 2013. (PHOTO: Facebook / Lee Wei Ling)

SINGAPORE — Lee Wei Ling, the daughter of late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, has accused lawyer Kwa Kim Li of “lying” about the latter’s supposed non-involvement in the events that led to her father’s 2013 will.

“Kwa Kim Li (KKL) of Lee & Lee has denied involvement in the events that led to this 2013 will… KKL has been lying. She has also breached her duties to her client, my father,” said the 64-year-old in a Facebook post on Tuesday (30 April).

“Lee & Lee have always been lawyers for my father’s personal matters including all his wills, powers of attorney, and Advance Medical Directives including his affirmation in August 2014 of his AMD,” she added.

E-mail shared

As evidence of Kwa’s alleged involvement, she also attached a photo of an e-mail supposedly sent by Kwa to the late Lee on 12 December 2013. In it, Kwa appears to tell Lee – whom she addresses as “Uncle Harry” – that she will be preparing a codicil to reflect their discussed amendments to his will and would need his signature on it.

The changes stated in the e-mail entail Wei Ling going from having one share more than her brothers in Lee’s “total estate” – as reflected in Lee’s will dated 2 November 2012 – to having “equal shares” divided among the three siblings.

Regarding the alleged communication between Kwa and the late Lee, Wei Ling added that she had “more” evidence of their correspondence.

“From late November 2013 all the way till Friday 13 December 2013, my father had had discussions and exchanged e-mails with KKL of Lee & Lee on what he wanted in his will… The will my father signed on Tuesday 17 December 2013 reflected these prior discussions with his lawyer KKL.

“It was exactly what he wanted. It provided for equal shares for all the children, something he had agreed with our mother and all of us,” said Wei Ling.

She also accused her “dishonourable” brother – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – of repeatedly alleging that their sister-in-law Lee Suet Fern had “prepared and somehow got our father to sign a will in December 2013”.

Suet Fern, the wife of Lee Hsien Yang, is due to face a disciplinary tribunal convened by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for her alleged role in drafting Lee Kuan Yew’s final will. Hsien Yang has publicly denied that his wife was ever Lee Kuan Yew’s lawyer.

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