Singapore PM apologizes over row with siblings

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Singapore, June 19 (IANS) Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday apologized for the harm caused by the dispute with his siblings.

Lee said in a statement that he “deeply regrets” that the dispute had affected Singapore’s reputation and Singaporeans’ confidence in the government, reports Xinhua news agency.

He added that the baseless allegations made by his siblings must be dealt with openly and refuted.

The Prime Minister said he will make a ministerial statement to refute the charges when Parliament sits on July 3.

“I hope that this full, public airing in Parliament will dispel any doubts that have been planted and strengthen confidence in our institutions and our system of the government,” he said.

The disputes between the Prime Minister and his siblings started last week with a statement jointly made by the latter, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang.

The siblings criticized the Prime Minister over the formation of a “secret committee” to look into options for their late father Lee Kuan Yew’s house at 38, Oxley Road.

They claimed that the committee was set up to obstruct them from carrying out Lee Kuan Yew’s wish that the house be demolished after his death.

–IANS

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