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Kuan Yew’s last will made upon his ‘express instruction’, says younger son

PM Lee raised the question of whether there was a conflict of interest when Lee Suet Fern – Lee Hsien Yang’s wife – helped prepare the final will since her husband stood to gain from the removal of his sister Lee Wei Ling’s extra share of the estate in the will.The prime minister’s release of his statutory declaration seeks to question the last will of Lee Kuan Yew, “especially the reinsertion of the demolition clause”, said Eugene Tan, associate professor of law at Singapore Management University.He added that the Government has already stated on several occasions that it will not do anything to affect Dr Lee Wei Ling’s right to continue living at 38, Oxley Road for as long as she wishes.Widely respected: People pay their last respects to Singapore’s first prime minister and national founder Lee Kuan Yew on March 28, 2015.Dr Lee Wei Ling said she and her brother, Lee Hsien Yang, felt closely monitored by the government and feared the use of state organs against them.Mr Teo said he personally would not support preserving the House as it is for visitors to enter and see, as that would be totally against the wishes of the late Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew.He is said to have wanted to avoid the kind of personality cult that can develop around strongman leaders.”It’s a personal family matter which should have been settled privately”.But the feud is laced with disturbing accusations of extralegal bullying and nepotism, compelling the prominent family’s second son, business executive Lee Hsien Yang, to leave Singapore “for the foreseeable future”. “We have no confidence in Lee Hsien Loong or his secret committee”, Lee Hsien Yang, who sits on the board of United Kingdom engineering group Rolls Royce and Australia’s ANZ Bank, wrote in a Facebook post.The house on 38 Oxley Road is steeped in historical significance for Singapore.Laws such as the Preservation of Monuments Act also allows the government to identify sites worthy of heritage protection.PM Lee said his brother also told him that there “would have been big trouble” if Mr Lee Kuan Yew had not given each child an equal share. “Nothing that I said then precludes me from serving in this committee”, he said. Emeritus Senior Minister and former premier Goh Chok Tong waded into the fray on Friday night, characterizing the saga as “a family’s petty disputes”.The pair said their brother Lee had defied their father’s instructions to tear down the house.”M$3 y siblings have continued to give interviews and make allegations against me”, the prime minister said in a remarkably frank Facebook statement posted while vacationing overseas.The political opposition has seized on the dust-up. “It delves into issues of national concern and good governance”, said the Singapore Democratic Party, one of the city-state’s opposition parties, in a statement.In his post, Lee Hsien Yang explained the discrepancy. “My siblings’ statement has hurt our father’s legacy”. “Probate was granted in Oct 2015, so the will is full, final, and legally binding”, Hsien Yang posted on his Facebook. “Whether it succeeds depends on how the [prime minister] deals with it”, said Stephan Ortmann, a research fellow at City University of Hong Kong.Li Shengwu, Lee Hsien Yang’s son, countered on Facebook: “Not only do I intend never to go into politics, I believe that it would be bad for Singapore if any third-generation Lee went into politics”.