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Low Thia Khiang: Investigation needed to clear PM over Oxley Road allegations

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Opposition chief Low Thia Khiang said it is not possible to clear Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the Oxley Road allegations without an investigation, although he is prepared to give PM Lee the benefit of the doubt.

OPPOSITION chief Low Thia Khiang said it is not possible to clear Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the Oxley Road allegations without an investigation, although he is prepared to give PM Lee the benefit of the doubt.

Mr Low, the secretary-general of the Workers' Party, noted how the Oxley Road issue differed from the Hotel Properties Ltd (HPL) incident in 1996.

The HPL incident was sparked by rumours that then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and then-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had bought apartments in prime locations and offered substantial discounts by the developer.

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Among the rumours were allegations that the two of them had used their positions to gain an unfair advantage in the purchase of the properties. It was then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong who ordered an investigation and then addressed the issue in Parliament.

Mr Low said he won't be "convinced" until all the allegations against PM Lee regarding 38 Oxley Road that he had abused his power are given a "conclusive airing".

"For this parliament session, it is the PM, the head of government and the secretary-general of the People's Action Party, accused of wrong-doing. In this episode, there's no investigation done," he said.

"I wonder how do you want to convince me, my party, and Singaporeans that this is conclusive, and it is something that we can all be convinced of entirely?"

Commenting on PM Lee's decision not to take legal action against his two siblings, Mr Low wondered if PM Lee would be worried that others would view the PAP as having double-standards. Mr Low noted that the PAP's political opponents have been sued for making allegations that he regarded as less serious.

"Does this not also show that blood is thicker than water? Own siblings, you cannot sue, but political opponents, you sue until your pants drop," said Mr Low.

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