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ON Monday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong lifted the parliamentary whip of his ruling People's Action Party (PAP) - which holds 83 out of 89 seats - allowing ministers, including Members of Parliament from the opposition, to grill him on the allegations of abuse of power brought against him by his younger siblings, Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling.
"Allegations are entirely baseless." - PM Lee in #Parliament on alleged abuse of power.— The Business Times (@BusinessTimes) July 3, 2017
PM Lee: "I'm not here to make a case against my siblings. Parliament is not the place for that."— The Business Times (@BusinessTimes) July 3, 2017
Lee Hsien Yang had suggested giving the property to Singapore on the condition that the house be demolished & a park built in its place.— The Business Times (@BusinessTimes) July 3, 2017
PM Lee suggested demolishing the house, redeveloping the site, selling it off and donating the proceeds. LKY preferred PM Lee's suggestion.— The Business Times (@BusinessTimes) July 3, 2017
On June 14, 2017, PM Lee's siblings publicly accused him on Facebook of abusing his powers to prevent them from demolishing the family home at 38 Oxley Road - a wish stated in the last will of their late father, Lee Kuan Yew, one of Singapore's founding leaders.
The post became the first in a series of explosive allegations that has captured global attention.
When discussing with siblings what PM Lee could say about the house in parliament, LHY objected to renovation plans for the first time.— The Business Times (@BusinessTimes) July 3, 2017
#PMLee:"Because their father is Mr Lee Kuan Yew, their accusations have gained some credibility and I have to take their charges seriously."— The Business Times (@BusinessTimes) July 3, 2017
#PMLee: I myself do not deal with the matter; I take no part in discussions or decisions concerning the house... DPM Teo is in full charge.— The Business Times (@BusinessTimes) July 3, 2017
Parliament sat at 11am. PM Lee began speaking shortly after question time ended at 12.30pm.
For more stories on the Lee family feud, go to bt.sg/leefeud.