What in the world did I stand to gain over my father's will, Lee Hsien Yang asks

Staff Writer, Singapore
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The Lees’ former family home at 38 Oxley Road. (Reuters file photo)
The Lees’ former family home at 38 Oxley Road. (Reuters file photo)

SINGAPORE — Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Kuan Yew’s youngest child, on Wednesday (25 February) refuted a Law Society Disciplinary Tribunal finding which alleged that he and his wife Lee Suet Fern engineered his father’s final will.

In a Facebook post, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong asked, “What in the world did I stand to gain out of my supposed elaborate deception?”

“My brother Hsien Loong and the AG have alleged that I engineered, with my wife’s help, my father’s final will which gave his children equal shares in order to get a larger share of his Estate,” Hsien Yang wrote.

He added, “In the course of the Disciplinary Tribunal, undisputed evidence was presented that LKY (Lee Kuan Yew) decided to revert to equal shares after discussions with his lawyer KKL (Kwa Kim Li), rebutting this. My wife and I played no part in his decision to revert to equal shares. Loong benefitted equally from this change.”

Last week, Suet Fern was found guilty by the tribunal of grossly improper professional conduct in her handling of the elder Lee’s will.

The tribunal, in a 206-page report, said she was a “deceitful witness, who tailored her evidence to portray herself as an innocent victim who had been maligned”. The tribunal also said that the conduct of Hsien Yang, who testified as a witness, was “equally deceitful”.

The tribunal’s finding is the latest chapter in the long-running dispute over the fate of the Lees’ former family home at 38 Oxley Road. The ongoing saga has seen Hsien Yang, his older sister Wei Ling and their eldest brother Hsien Loong embroiled in a public row.

In his Facebook post on Wednesday, Hsien Yang also reiterated that it was his father’s unwavering wish for the house to be demolished. “This wish, as everyone knows, mattered greatly to him and my mother,” he wrote.

“No one complained after the signing of the will before LKY died. Probate (proving in court) of the Will was obtained in 2015 on the urging of Loong and his then personal lawyer, Lucien Wong,” added Hsien Yang.

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