SINGAPORE — Lee Hsien Yang and his wife, lawyer Lee Suet Fern, are being investigated by the police for potentially giving false evidence in judicial proceedings over Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's will.
Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean said in a written parliamentary answer on Thursday (2 March) that the couple had initially agreed to appear in an interview by the police during the investigation.
According to local news reports, Teo said the couple later changed their minds and refused to attend the interview. Despite being advised by the police to reconsider participating in investigations, they have since left Singapore and are staying abroad.
Teo said that Lee and his wife had been informed that the necessary steps would be taken to complete the investigations in their absence.
He added that it was disappointing that the couple had refused to attend the interview, and their action raises questions amid the judicial proceedings.
"If they maintain their innocence, the investigation will give them the chance to vindicate themselves. They should participate, take the full opportunity to give their side of the story, and clear their names," Teo wrote in the reply.
Lee is the brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the son of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Dispute in Lee family over fate of Oxley Road family home
A dispute ensued among PM Lee, Lee Hsien Yang and their sister Dr Lee Wei Ling over the fate of the family home at 38 Oxley Road after their father's death in 2015.
In 2020, Lee Suet Fern was suspended from practice for 15 months after being found guilty of misconduct in handling Lee Kuan Yew's last will.
CNA reported that Teo, who chaired 38 Oxley Road's ministerial committee to determine what should be done with the property after Lee Kuan Yew's passing, stated that a disciplinary tribunal and the Court of Three Judges found that Lee Hsien Yang and his wife had misled the former prime minister and lied under oath regarding the execution of the last will.
His written response was to a parliamentary question by Chua Chu Kang GRC Member of Parliament Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim on whether an e-book titled "The Battle Over Lee Kuan Yew's Last Will" had accurately portrayed the circumstances surrounding the signing of the will.
The e-book, written by local author Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh and published in July last year, discusses the controversy surrounding the late Prime Minister's will and the house at 38 Oxley Road, which led to disciplinary proceedings against Lee Suet Fern.
CNA reported Teo as saying that the e-book contains several inaccuracies "calculated to mislead" and "completely at odds" with court findings.
"The book is not credible, as it totally ignores the facts and findings which had been established, after an objective and thorough examination of the case," he said.
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