‘I recounted how when I was about 13, my father had told me: “If anything happens to me, please take care of your mother, and your younger sister and brother”’
The Oxley Road saga took Singapore by storm. It started on 14 June 2017 with a Facebook statement and gave life to three weeks of social media bombardment by PM’s siblings. In this period, PM Lee Hsien Loong took on this issue gracefully. He published a declaration under oath and released a video to apologise for the outbreak of this dispute.
PM has been forthcoming and earnest. He explained that he was in a conflicted position, being a son and also the head of Singapore. While his younger brother launched countless attacks and allegations at him, PM simply state that he would address the issue in Parliament. There was never an instance where a potshot or snide remark was directed at his siblings.
In Parliament, PM nailed his colours to the mast and gave a factual account of what happened. Every statement made is on official record. It can be said that PM is sincere in resolving the matter amicably with his siblings. However, Hsien Yang and Wei Ling have been blinded by their sheer will to demolish 38 Oxley. The siblings did not realise that their elder brother will always uphold the responsibility of looking after them.
As PM mentioned in Parliament:
“It’s a complicated story, but one golden thread running through it, right from the beginning is my desire to manage the issue privately, without escalating the temperature and the dispute, and without forcing the issue of my legal rights. I adopted this approach because it involves family and I was hoping all along to work out an amicable resolution even if that meant compromising some of my own interest.
When I learnt from others, who were meant to tell me, that my siblings were unhappy that my father had willed me the house, I tried to resolve the unhappiness.”
We believe PM will continue to keep an watchful eye over Hsien Yang and Wei Ling, not because he wants to get the better of them but as an elder brother, he geninuely care about his siblings.
“…. So I hope one day, these passions will subside, and we can begin to reconcile…. ” – Lee Hsien Loong
We hope that they can come to terms soon.
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