by Vincent Low
In his Chinese New Year message today (15 Feb), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talks about the need to create a brighter future for our children, and to help Singaporeans lead active and meaningful lives in their silver years.
“I hope you will reflect on these issues in quieter moments over the festive season, in between celebrating with friends and family,” he said.
“The Government too will not stop thinking about what it needs to do, to ready our society for these challenges.”
He went on to persuade Singaporeans to build a shared future together, so that new generations can look forward to more prosperous and joyous Chinese New Years.
“Let us also cherish the blessings of kinship, thank our elders for what they have done for us, shower our children with love, and create more shared happy memories with our families. Happy Chinese New Year!”, he concluded his message.
Cherishing kinship and sharing happy memories with families during CNY
Talking about cherishing kinship and sharing happy memories with families, it’s not known if PM Lee has done so with his brother, Lee Hsien Yang, and sister, Lee Wei Ling, after their internal quarrels surfaced publicly last year.
In June 2017, PM Lee became embroiled in a dispute with his siblings publicly over the fate of their father’s house at 38 Oxley Road. The public quarrel made news worldwide.
PM’s siblings Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling made many accusations against him on Facebook. Singaporeans were mesmerised by the saga. Many wondered why PM and his siblings have not resolved their personal matter through legal action or otherwise.
In Parliament, PM acknowledged that many had asked why he had not taken legal action, and admitted that in “any other imaginable circumstance but this, I would surely sue”. “But suing my own brother and sister in court would further besmirch my parents’ names,” he said, adding that the lawsuit would cause “more distraction and distress” to the public.
It was revealed in a joint statement by the two siblings that PM Lee has not invited them for Chinese New Year reunion dinner since Lee Kuan Yew’s death in 2015.
“The first Chinese New Year reunion after our father’s death, our brother invited all relatives except us.” wrote the joint statement.
In any case, as recent as 4 months ago in Oct 2017, it appears that PM Lee had yet to talk to his brother.