PM Lee made an extraordinary move to boost public confidence by removing the party whip for parliamentary debate on the issue, allowing all MPs to vote outside party lines.
July 4, 2017
‘Singapore is a small but wealthy Southeast Asian island state with a reputation for order and control. So imagine the dismay when its most famous family gets involved in a very public feud — on Facebook. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his two younger siblings are embroiled in a spat that centers on the fate of the house that belonged to their late father, the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. The dispute, which has gained the attention of the international media, is a rare public display of acrimony from a family that’s been at the forefront of Singapore’s establishment since its independence in 1965 — a family that largely kept private any discord before the elder Lee’s death in 2015.’