Ms Ho Ching, wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has replied Mr Lee Hsien Yang (LHY)’s allegations in a Facebook comment posted on one of LHY’s posts. Addressing LHY affectionately as “Yang”, Ms Ho clarified that she was not in Singapore on 6 Feb as she was away with PM Lee to Germany and Spain for official duties. LHY had earlier accused Ms Ho of obtaining the documents from the property at 38 Oxley Road without the approval of the executors of Lee Kuan Yew’s will and handing over the items over to National Heritage Board (NHB) on 6 Feb 2016.
Ms Ho wrote that she had tidied up the basement at 38 Oxley Road after LKY’s funeral and had kept Dr Lee Weiling (LWL) informed of what she was doing at the property while not trying to intrude into her grieving. She noted that she came across items which she thought were significant in LKY’s life and informed PM Lee about it. Four items were then identified and loaned to NHB which was organising an exhibition on LKY.
Ms Ho further mentioned that the items were loaned to NHB through the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and had emphasized to NHB that the items had to be returned as it belong to the LKY estate.
She claims that both LHY and LWL had been posted on the things that she have done including the loan of the four items to NHB and asked for LHY to check his email records to refresh his memory on the updates that she had given.
Below is Ms Ho Ching’s comment in full
I was away from 31 January night till 7 Feb evening, when I went with Loong to Germany and Spain for his official and working visits. I was not in Singapore on 6 Feb.
In any case, there would not be any reason for me to rummage or tidy up papa’s things when he was in the hospital – that is not me nor my values.
However, you may remember that after papa’s funeral, you went off with Fern for a break in Japan or somewhere. I began tidying up the house, cleaning up stuff in the basement, and organizing items, dogsbody work as I mentioned to you before, which I couldn’t see Ling or Fern doing. This was what I had also done at papa’s request after mama’s death. Ling was in Oxley, and I had kept her posted, while trying not to intrude into her grieving.
It was in the middle of those two first weeks of April, tidying up the house after papa’s death, that I came across small interesting items which I thought were significant in papa’s life. I explained to Loong about a puzzling telegram about a Battleship arrival. Loong immediately knew its significance, and identified 4 items that he thought it would be useful to lend to NHB which was organizing an exhibition on papa’s life. These included the Battleship telegram and the John Laycock letter, which would be related to what papa did during the Postmen’s strike. I arranged to do so through the PMO, emphasizing to NHB that these items belonged to the estate and must be returned.
During that period, I had also done things like organising papa’s ties, and you confirmed that you were agreeable for NHB to come and pick what they wanted – they mostly wanted the relevant ties to match what papa wore during various historical events.
After the will was read on 12 April, I again kept both you and Ling posted on all that I had done including the 4 items loaned to NHB. In fact, I was in the basement working with the maids, when I was asked to join you and Fern, as well as Loong and Ling, for the reading of the will.
You may wish to check your email records to refresh your memory on the various updates that I had given you during those 2 weeks.
I hope that whatever you are upset about, you will have the heart to remember what papa and mama would have wanted most for the family and for Singapore.