An inside look into the life of Lee Suet Fern, wife of Lee Hsien Yang

Oct 02, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership AI

Over tea at the St Regis hotel recently, Lee Suet Fern, 62, was animated as she recalled the birth of her eldest son Shengwu in 1985, and the reaction of her in-laws Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, and his wife Kwa Geok Choo.

“They're very traditional. They wanted a male grandson, and this was the male grandson they were waiting for. My mother-in-law clucked with pleasure,” said the mother of three with a laugh. She is married to the late couple’s youngest child Hsien Yang, 63.

“Shengwu's birth was the biggest event for them on a personal level. Mama was thrilled, Papa was thrilled, they were deliciously, deliriously happy. It meant a lot to them. It felt to them like a first, although my brother-in-law did have a son with his first wife.”

It was a rare moment for Suet Fern, a prominent corporate lawyer: speaking on the record about her personal life. A self-confessed shy and reserved person, she told Yahoo News Singapore that she has steered clear of discussing her family in interviews over the years.

Notwithstanding her desire for privacy, she has found herself under the media glare in recent months, and over family matters too. Censured by a Disciplinary Tribunal (DT) for grossly improper professional conduct in her handling of the late Lee’s final will, Suet Fern is currently awaiting the result of an appeal to the Court of Three Judges, the highest disciplinary body that deals with lawyers' misconduct, against the verdict.

A lifelong connection to the Lees

The eldest child of prominent economist Professor Lim Chong Yah and schoolteacher See Nah Nah, Suet Fern was born in Singapore but spent much of her childhood in Oxford and Petaling Jaya. Her connection to the Lees started from a young age – her father gave tuition to first Hsien Loong, then Hsien Yang, for their A-levels.

She and her future husband attended elite schools – Raffles Girls School and Catholic High School respectively – before they became contemporaries at National Junior College, where she was a debater and he an athlete and national swimmer.

As the youngest member of the family, and one who married the youngest Lee child, she was lowest in the pecking order. And she did not count on how “fierce, old-fashioned and imperious” her newly acquired mother-in-law would be.

The couple initially lived in Cairnhill Mansions, above Hsien Loong and his first wife Wong Ming Yang. But because Hsien Yang was often away for military training, “I did feel a little isolated and unprotected. I confided that in Yang, that when I first got married, she (her mother-in-law) was quite frightening. Yang just gave me every assurance that it was him that I married and not his mother, and that he would always put me first.”

According to Suet Fern, Wong’s death in October 1982, attributed to a heart attack, was a turning point in her relationship with her mother-in-law. “Thereafter, she was much more reserved and reticent and more careful.”

Nonetheless, the late Mrs Lee was never short of advice on how to raise her children in later years. “I was often ticked off by her (but) not in a terrible way. And when I had my first two sons, this was her typical refrain, ‘You know Fern, you must raise your children like the queen. Leave others to raise your children, and inspect them every day at tea time.’”

Mrs Lee also disapproved of breastfeeding, to the extent that Suet Fern would hide the fact that she was nursing her babies. “She would say, ‘Yang's fully bottle fed and he turned out all right, leave them to maids and a bottle.’”

Defining herself outside of the family

Suet Fern was called to the Bar in 1982. In his 2017 memoirs “Life Journey of a Singaporean Professor”, her father wrote, “The chief examiner, a high court judge, confided in me that she was by far the best student of the class.”

She has since won multiple accolades and awards. In 2000, she founded Stamford Law Corporation, which went on to become the sixth largest law firm in Singapore. In 2015, it merged with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, one of the world’s top five law firms. Morgan Lewis operates in Singapore through Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, where she is a director. Suet Fern is also a partner at Morgan Lewis.

“I felt that I needed to be my own person. And I eventually decided I would step out, and I wouldn't work for the government in any way, or at any government agency, or even at Lee & Lee,” she said, adding that for years, she did not even keep a family photo in her office. “I would be a very dutiful daughter-in-law, because I loved my husband. And because I love him, it's the right thing to do to be good to his family. Beyond that, I didn't particularly want, desire, any outside connection.”

Friends and former colleagues attest to her commitment to her work. New York-based corporate lawyer Shawn Desker, 46, worked under Suet Fern for two years at the start of his career, and remembers her as a boss who led by example and never raised her voice. “She is very often the smartest person in the room, but she really thinks she is not a big deal. She went out of her way to make people feel comfortable.”

Members of the legal fratenity that Fathership spoke to under condition of anonymity, however, painted a different picture of Suet Fern: "It is a well-known fact that Suet Fern often likes to name-drop her association as a member of the Lees to get ahead. Her career history hasn't been all sterling as she made it out to be."

When pressed by Fathership for further details, our source reserved comments.

The Lee saga

Before Hsien Yang and Wei Ling went public with their dispute with their older brother in 2017, Suet Fern was well aware of the tensions that had been building within the broader Lee family. “I didn't wake up like everybody else and was absolutely surprised.”

Her son, Shengwu, a 35-year-old Harvard academic, was recently fined $15,000 for scandalising contempt of court, over the contents of a private Facebook post from 2017. Insisting that he did not admit guilt, Li said he decided to pay the fine in order to “buy some peace and quiet”.

Nonetheless, she said her family has emerged “better and stronger” from the Lee saga and she expressed pride in how her sons have responded to it with maturity and thoughtfulness.

Judgement looms

The Law Society in August this year set out its arguments on why senior lawyer Lee Suet Fern should be disbarred over her handling of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's will, saying she had been involved in its preparation and execution despite knowing her husband stood to gain from it.

Judgement has been reserved in the case. If Suet Fern were to lose the appeal, she may face a fine, suspension or even be disbarred.

Read the full interview here.


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新加坡7人“换妻”迷奸案细节公布!妻子被下药,全程录像直播...

Nov 03, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership AI

几名新加坡男子,在网上论坛认识后,沉浸在性幻想中无法自拔。

为了满足他们心中变态的好奇心,他们开始筹划换妻,并下药迷倒自己的妻子,让其他男子强奸自己的妻子!

昨天(10月31日),这起轰动新加坡一时的罪案在新加坡法庭进行了审理,涉案的七人中,有四人认罪,其中一人当场被判刑。

因为情况太过恶劣,为了保护受害人法院并未透漏她们的任何资料。被告人的名字也全部用字母代替。

回顾这起案件,这些男子的行径着实震碎了正常人的三观……

新加坡这名男子迷倒妻子 邀请其他人强奸并直播录像!

新加坡本体媒体《8视界新闻网》报道,法庭文件透露这起案件的主犯,是一名化名为J的新加坡男子。

J今年52岁,有着一份正当的工作,犯案时是一名业务拓展经理。这些年他和妻子一共生下了三个孩子,一家人原本很和谐地生活在一起。

不过在平静的生活下,J内心里涌动着一些邪恶的想法。

终于,在2010年,他在一个网络论坛上遇到了很多和自己臭味相投的人。在这个虚拟的平台,J肆无忌惮表露出自己的变态性癖,并发表了想玩换妻游戏的言论。

在这里,他们一起分享了很多有关“换妻”的想法。

聊着聊着,有一天他再也忍不住自己内心的想法,问自己妻子是否愿意接受3p。不出所料的,J的妻子拒绝了这个“提议”。

不过,这并没有阻止J付诸行动。

在一开始,包括J在内的一些人纷纷在家中安装网络摄像头。之后,他们会挑选时间告知网友相关的账号和密码,让他们自行观看自己和妻子的性爱视频。

经过一段时间后,J还是不满足。

于是,在某一天他下药迷晕了自己的妻子,然后邀请其他网友来家中与其发生关系!

随着事态的发展,J越来越沉迷其中……2013年,趁着妻子身体不适的时候,J还偷偷换了药物,再次邀请朋友来家中迷奸妻子。

这次,J竟然还打开了网络直播!

沉迷于“换妻游戏”,J不仅仅是让别人和自己妻子发生关系,同时他也跟其中一名网友K“商量好了”,趁着K迷晕自己妻子的工夫和她发生了性关系。

在某种程度上,K的行为更加恶劣,他甚至自己充当了摄像师的角色,拍下了J和自己妻子发生关系时的整段性爱视频……

渐渐的,J的妻子在不知情的情况下跟多人发生了性行为,相关视频还被上传到网络。

在当时,引起了相当多人的关注。

换妻行为曝光报警 更多人牵涉其中受重罚

J本以为这件事可以一直继续下去,不料在今年,他的妻子无意中看见丈夫手机在播放视频。

在好奇心的驱使下,她看到视频内容,这才恍然发现:

在过去的几年里,丈夫在暗地里进行了多次换妻活动,而自己在不知情的状态下被多次迷晕,在和他人强行强行发生关系后还被拍照记录……

拿着证据,J的妻子当面质问K,而K也承认自己曾经和昏迷的她有过性行为,并将自己妻子迷晕交给J的事实。

在得知真相后,J的妻子立即选择报警。随着案件的调查,调查人员惊讶地发现,还有更多人参与其中。

其中,有一名参加了J“举办的”换妻活动的L,也对自己的妻子如法炮制。

在一次在作案时,L的妻子尽管被下药后蒙住眼睛,在中途清醒了过来。

但L居然并未因此感到害怕而终止犯罪活动,而是要求自己一名同事P直接强行跟自己妻子发生关系,幸而L的妻子及时挣脱逃离,才免遭摧残。

之后,P在一封信中交代了全部经过,并表示自己不知道受害人并不知情才犯下罪案。

但法律并不会因为他的解释而对他开恩,最总P被判处三年监禁。他是涉案七名男子中,第一个被判刑的男子。

还有四人也已认罪,等待下一轮审讯。相信在严明的法律下,他们肯定无法逃脱坐牢。

不过,涉案情节严重的K在落网后,一再向警方和法官说自己有心理疾病,并要求医生为其检测,意图逃脱刑罚。

新加坡心理卫生院诊断后,确认了K患有偷窥症。但在审理中法官认为K对自己的非法行为是知情的,依旧是犯罪行为。

K对法院的说法表示不服,并要求开庭申辩。

但K的犯罪事实已被揭露,并且为自己的行为供认不讳,加上此案件牵连甚广,性质过于恶劣,估计也是难逃法律制裁。


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