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SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is "very disappointed" and "deeply saddened" by his siblings' allegations and issue of a statement publicising private family matters.
"I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate allegations that they have made. Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, especially the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son,'' PM Lee said on Wednesday.
"While siblings may have differences, I believe that any such differences should stay in the family. Since my father's passing in March 2015, as the eldest son I have tried my best to resolve the issues among us within the family, out of respect for our parents.
"My siblings' statement has hurt our father's legacy.''
Dr Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang issued a six-page public statement - which they posted on their Facebook pages around 2am - saying they had lost confidence in their brother. They said the situation is such that Mr Lee Hsien Yang felt compelled to leave Singapore "for the foreseeable future".
At the heart of the allegations in the post entitled "What has happened to Lee Kuan Yew's values?" is the long-running dispute over the demolition of their father's house at 38 Oxley Road.
The two siblings are joint executors and trustees of the estate of the late Mr Lee. They have said they would like to honour their father's wish for the house to be demolished after Dr Lee ceases to live in it.
PM Lee said he would do his utmost to continue to do right by his parents.
"At the same time, I will continue serving Singaporeans honestly and to the best of my ability. In particular that means upholding meritocracy, which is a fundamental value of our society.
"As my siblings know, I am presently overseas on leave with my family. I will consider this matter further after I return this weekend.''
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