38 Oxley Road: Govt still has to carry out responsibilities for issues of public interest fairly, says DPM Teo

38 Oxley Road: Govt still has to carry out responsibilities for issues of public interest fairly, says DPM Teo

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean responding to allegations made by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling on abuse of power by the Ministerial Committee. 

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Thursday (Jul 6) welcomed a statement by the siblings of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong accepting PM Lee's offer to "manage" a dispute over their late father's Oxley Road home privately.

"I note that Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang have stated on Jul 6, 2017 that they welcome Mr Lee Hsien Loong’s desire, stated on Jul 4, 2017, to manage the disagreement in private. Like most Singaporeans, I regard this as a positive development," said Mr Teo in a statement issued on Thursday evening.

Earlier on Thursday, Dr Lee and Mr Lee released a joint public statement to say they would cease presenting further evidence on social media, "provided that we and our father's wish are not attacked or misrepresented".

As part of their statement, Dr Lee and Mr Lee said: "We ... welcome Hsien Loong’s stated desire on Jul 4, 2017 to manage his disagreement with us in private. We look forward to talking without the involvement of lawyers or government agencies."

In a Facebook post, Mr Teo expressed hope that PM Lee and his siblings could work through their disagreement.

He added that the Government still has to carry out its responsibilities for issues that are of public interest "fairly, objectively and calmly".

​Mr Teo chairs the ministerial committee set up to consider the options for the 38 Oxley Road home.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang earlier labelled the setting up of the committee "neither transparent or proper" and has alleged that it is part of an "extra-judicial secret attack" by PM Lee. 

In a two-day Parliament sitting on the dispute, Mr Teo that the committee would not be deciding what to do with the property. Instead, it would prepare “drawer plans of various options” and their implications so that a future Government could make an informed decision when the time came to decide on the matter.

Mr Teo also stressed that Singapore's public institutions "make decisions and act in the public interest of Singaporeans".

"With regard to Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s allegations against the Ministerial Committee, public agencies and public officers, the Government has already responded comprehensively to all of them in Parliament," Mr Teo said in the statement on Thursday evening.

"With this development, I hope that we can all work together and focus our energy on taking Singapore forward."

Source: CNA/nc

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