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Singapore PM's Brother Thrusts First-Family Row Into Politics

Jun 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Lee Hsien Yang, younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and son of modern Singapore's founder, Lee Kuan Yew, said last week he was a member of the new Progress Singapore Party.

Lee Hsien Yang's dramatic move presents Singaporean voters an inversion of the campaign that the PAP is offering as Prime Minister Lee, 68, prepares to retire in the coming years.

Lee Hsien Yang's rebuke: This is not our father's PAP."I have never sought the limelight, and most people know that actually I value my own privacy," Lee Hsien Yang told reporters on Sunday at a PSP event at a food court.

The Lee brothers were not close but had no major quarrels most of their lives, said a person close to the younger Lee.

Lee Hsien Yang was CEO of telecommunications firm Singtel and chairman of drinks conglomerate F&N.Patriarch Lee Kuan Yew, known as LKY, wrote little in his memoirs about his younger son compared to mentions of the current prime minister but said in a 2011 interview Lee Hsien Yang was a "Sensible and practical man" who was "Not under his brother's shadow."