TL;DR – Behind every successful man, there is a great woman.
Ok. The #FamiLee saga just got more interesting. Mdm Ho has finally joined the saga.
It all happened after Lee Hsien Yang claimed in a Facebook post Mdm Ho had “helped herself to a number of Lee Kuan Yew’s papers” on Feb 6, 2015. The thing is, Mdm Ho wasn’t even in Singapore on that date. She was accompanying PM Lee on an official trip in Spain.
That wasn’t the only thing that Lee Hsien Yang got wrong. National Heritage Board (NHB) have also clarified that the items were handed over to NHB on Apr 6, 2015, well after the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away. He has since edited his post though.
Still, not satisfied with all that explanation, Lee Hsien Yang kept on accusing Mdm Ho of wrongdoing. Maybe it was the veiled accusation that she’s a thief finally made Mdm Ho finally buay tahan. Because she left a comment on Lee Hsien Yang’s Facebook page in response.
Here are the three key points of Mdm Ho’s comment.
1. Mdm Ho was tidying the house while Lee Hsien Yang went on holiday
Mdm Ho pointed out that Lee Hsien Yang and his wife went overseas for a break after Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral. While they were away on holiday, Mdm Ho “began tidying up the house, cleaning up stuff in the basement, and organising items.
It was, as Mdm Ho put it, “dogsbody” work. Apparently, it was something that Lee Kuan Yew asked her to do when his wife passed away. And, since Lee Wei Ling was still living in the house, Mdm Ho kept her informed of what she did.
2. Mdm Ho found interesting items for an exhibition on Lee Kuan Yew’s life
While doing all that hard work of tidying up the house, Mdm Ho found items that she thought were significant to Lee Kuan Yew’s life. These included a puzzling telegram about the arrival of a battleship which PM Lee Hsien Loong shared on Facebook.
And also the John Laycock letter, which would be related to what Lee Kuan Yew did during the Postman’s strike.
PM thought it would be useful to lend those items to the NHB, which was organising an exhibition on Lee Kuan Yew’s life. Mdm Ho then arranged, through the PMO, to lend those items to the NHB.
3. Mdm Ho kept Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling posted through it all
Mdm Ho had kept Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei ling posted about all that she had done, including the four items that were loaned to NHB. Apparently, she had sent various emails to the two siblings to keep them updated with what she had done. Mdm Ho encouraged Lee Hsien Yang to check those emails to refresh his memory.
Perhaps they should all remember what Lee Kuan Yew wanted most
Mdm Ho ended her post by asking Lee Hsien Yang to remember what Lee Kuan Yew and his wife wanted most for the family and for Singapore.
We agree with Mdm Ho. We still can’t figure out how any of these benefits Singapore or Singaporeans. If Lee Hsien Yang truly wants to honor his father, he should think about how this would impact Singapore. If he doesn’t, then he’ll be a truly unfilial son.
You can check out her comment here.
I was away from 31 January night till 7 Feb evening, when I went with Loong to Germany and Spain for his official and working visits. I was not in Singapore on 6 Feb.
In any case, there would not be any reason for me to rummage or tidy up papa’s things when he was in the hospital – that is not me nor my values.
However, you may remember that after papa’s funeral, you went off with Fern for a break in Japan or somewhere. I began tidying up the house, cleaning up stuff in the basement, and organizing items, dogsbody work as I mentioned to you before, which I couldn’t see Ling or Fern doing. This was what I had also done at papa’s request after mama’s death. Ling was in Oxley, and I had kept her posted, while trying not to intrude into her grieving.
It was in the middle of those two first weeks of April, tidying up the house after papa’s death, that I came across small interesting items which I thought were significant in papa’s life. I explained to Loong about a puzzling telegram about a Battleship arrival. Loong immediately knew its significance, and identified 4 items that he thought it would be useful to lend to NHB which was organizing an exhibition on papa’s life. These included the Battleship telegram and the John Laycock letter, which would be related to what papa did during the Postmen’s strike. I arranged to do so through the PMO, emphasizing to NHB that these items belonged to the estate and must be returned.
During that period, I had also done things like organising papa’s ties, and you confirmed that you were agreeable for NHB to come and pick what they wanted – they mostly wanted the relevant ties to match what papa wore during various historical events.
After the will was read on 12 April, I again kept both you and Ling posted on all that I had done including the 4 items loaned to NHB. In fact, I was in the basement working with the maids, when I was asked to join you and Fern, as well as Loong and Ling, for the reading of the will.
You may wish to check your email records to refresh your memory on the various updates that I had given you during those 2 weeks.
I hope that whatever you are upset about, you will have the heart to remember what papa and mama would have wanted most for the family and for Singapore.