Lee Hsien Yang: Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way

Mr Lee Hsien Yang (LHY), son of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and brother to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, expressed his support for the newly formed Progress Singapore Party headed by former PAP MP, Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

In a Facebook post on Sunday evening, Lee backed Dr Tan’s party and echoed his sentiments that the ruling party has “lost its way”.

“I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party. “Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way.”

– LHY

Earlier this year, Lee congratulated Dr Tan’s party for its successful registration and affirmed Dr Tan as a man who places the interest of the people before himself.

At the PSP’s inaugural press conference, Dr Tan lamented that “the processes of good governance” in Singapore was going “astray”. Dr Tan criticised the current administration’s lack of transparency over its appointment of important positions. Specifically, Dr Tan cited how individuals like PM Lee’s wife, Ho Ching is being appointed as the CEO of Temasek and a wife of a PAP Senior Minister of State being appointed as auditor-general.

Back in June 2017, Lee and his sister, Dr Lee Weiling issued a joint statement as the children of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that alleged that PM Lee abused his power and how the two were being threatened by the current administration for refusing to abide to PM Lee’s desire to preserve the Oxley road estate despite LKY’s expressed wish to demolish the house after his passing.

“The values of Lee Kuan Yew are being eroded by his own son. Our father placed our country and his people first, not his personal popularity or private agendas. We are very sad that we have been pushed to this. We feel hugely uncomfortable and closely monitored in our own country. We do not trust Hsien Loong as a brother or as a leader. We have lost confidence in him.”

-Excerpt from the joint statement by Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Weiling

The joint statement created a firestorm of controversy and PM Lee was forced to “clear his name” in Parliament by declaring himself as innocent.

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