Dr Tan Cheng Bock, former People’s Action Party Member of Parliament has voiced out on the Lee family saga on his Facebook page, writing the Parliament is not the right place to settle family disputes.
“It is an institution to make laws and debate national issues.Family disputes should be settled in courts.In parliament MPs have no details of the case and only hear PM telling his side of the case. Wrong platform.” commented Dr Tan.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has earlier made a public statement on Monday evening (19 June) to apologise for the dispute between him and his siblings, Dr Lee Weiling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang.
Apart from apologising for the matter, he said that he will make a ministerial statement in Parliament to refute the allegations made against him and will subject himself to questioning by the Members of Parliament on 3 July with party whip lifted for his party.
On 14 June, PM Lee’s two siblings issued a public statement to express their non confidence in him and wrote that they are worried about Singapore’s future in his hands. They raised several issues in their six-page statement such as the handling of the 38 Oxley Road but most importantly, the two alleged that the PM had abused his official position for personal agenda.
After the issuing of the initial statement and the subsequent rebuttal of PM himself of the accusations made against him, the two had been posting further evidence of their allegations to prove their point and refute the counterclaims made by PM Lee and other ministers on the matter.
Local media, mainstream media and alternative news have been covering the happenings of the saga along with international news in the loop, with juicy interview bits from Lee Hsien Yang about how he feels threatened by his brother and the government and considering leaving the country for his family’s safety.