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PSP source: Lee Hsien Yang a 'liability to the party'; Tan Cheng Bock wary of association

May 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) is becoming a "liability to the party", said a Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member on Sunday (Apr 5).

The member spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

"Dr Tan Cheng Bock (PSP secretary-general) is wary of his association with Hsien Yang after he (LHY) released an opinion piece through Malaysian media criticising the Singapore government," he said.

This comes after LHY published an opinion on Malaysian media Malay Mail yesterday (Apr 4), criticising the People's Action Party (PAP) and his brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for putting its interests "above those of the country and the people it rules".

LHY questioned Singapore's leadership's "obssesing over how to call an early election" despite having a strong mandate. He further said that the Singapore government is "seemingly deaf to grim realities" and that Singaporeans "should be very angry that the current leadership seems to have misplaced priorities.

PSP agrees with Hsien Yang but disagrees with how the message was delivered

The source said: "While the party (unofficially) agrees with Hsien Yang that the Singapore government should not hold the elections during this pandemic, it is the general understanding of party members that the method to which Hsien Yang chose to air out his grievance is not proper."

"It's obvious that Hsien Yang is exploiting the pandemic to drum up his waning support against his brother. That speaks volume of his integrity and character."

"It's not good optics for party politics especially when the elections is less than a year away," the source added.

LHY is currently embroiled in a high-profile feud with his estranged brother over the fate of their parents' residence at 38 Oxley Road. LHY claimed that PM Lee had misled his late father, founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, into thinking their family home at 38 Oxley Road had been gazetted by the Government.

Dr Tan had said in September last year that LHY and him are good friends and that the business executive can join PSP with the condition that LHY adhere to party terms.

Dr Tan said, "Many thought he (Lee Hsien Yang) must be coming to join me because of his personal agenda. He must make it clear, what his personal agenda is, and what is PSP’s standpoint”.

“So if he ever joins, he must join on my terms” Dr Tan concluded.