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Rumours of Lee Hsien Yang alleged affairs in the past are making its rounds in Telegram

Sep 10, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

A link to a 2015 forum posting on Hardwarezone is making its rounds on Telegram recently. The post in question contained allegations and "inside scoop" about the Lee family written from a decade ago in 2010.

Some of the allegations pointed to an affair between Singapore's prime minister's brother Lee Hsien Yang and his Singtel staff - a Malay woman, as well as a rumoured affair with a former Taiwanese envoy to Singapore.

Background

Checks by Fathership found that the 2015 forum post was a regurgitation of an op-ed piece originally published by Temasek Review on April 4, 2010 and then republished on Singapore Bikes Forum here.

The purported scoop shone light on the inner workings of the Lee family. Some of its allegations were later found to be true, leading to some commenters to believe that the bulk of the other allegations are highly likely to be accurate as well.

The forum post revealed that Lee Kuan Yew at the time was on a heart pacer and that his wife, Kwa Geok Choo is in a coma and "not expected to recover". It also spoke of a growing feud between the sons of both Lee Hsien Yang and his brother, Lee Hsien Loong.

"The whole family, it would seem, is splitting asunder," the post from April 2010 reads.

Several months after the op-ed was published, Kwa Geok Choo died.

In 2017, siblings Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang accused their brother PM Lee for "abuse of power", leading to a public display of acrimony between the Lee family, further confirming the allegations in the 2010 post.

Lee Hsien Yang's alleged affair(s)

According to the scoop, it was rumoured that Lee Hsien Yang was having an affair with a Malay lady although this was not elaborated further.

Two years later in 2012, it was reported in Taipei Times that its Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time - Vanessa Shih - was "too close" to Lee Hsien Yang.

Shih reportedly approached Lee Hsien Yang in her unofficial capacity, requesting his help in negotiating a bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and Singapore, later known as the Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Partnership (ASTEP).

According to the scoop by Temasek Review, Lee Kuan Yew's was reportedly unhappy with Shih for being too close with Lee Hsien Yang, leading to the older Lee declaring Shih as 'persona non grata'. This was backed by a source within Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as told by former Chinese Nationalist Party Legislator Chang Sho-Wen who said that the older Lee once pointed his finger at Shih and it seemed that he was "enraged" at Shih or that he "blamed" her for something.

In her defence, Shih denied rumours of a relationship with Lee Hsien Yang. She described the allegations as "fictitious" and "unfounded". She insisted that she did not have any "official dealings" with Hsien Yang and do not have any "personal friendship."

"You could say that I am not acquainted with him (Hsien Yang)," she added.

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.