Regime Change for Singapore- End of the Lees?

THE FEUDING LEES

It was more than “Withdraw and explain yourself”. It went much further than that or anything one could imagine. The Lee brothers are out for good. Lee Hsien Yang is headed for Hong Kong and according to a source close to him eventually to the US with his family. That includes his extended family sans the remaining Lees.

Hsien Yang’s wife Suet Fern it appears has a lot to answer for the rift between brothers. She it is said had been indiscreet, breaching her duties as a fiduciary and as a lawyer to the late Lee Kuan Yew  (at least in respect to the last will and testament of the late Lee Kuan Yew)..

It is no secret that Suet Fern and Ho Ching are quite indifferent to each other and do not get along at a personal level according to observers. There is no love lost it is suggested between the two. Ho Ching is seen as domineering, smart, Machiavellian and manipulative by some accounts.

However it is her stewardship of Tamasek, the state sovereign fund of Singapore that saw it lose over US$65 billion in bad investments in the banking sector that disappointed the late Lee Kuan Yew.

EUGENICS AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE

Some say the disappointment of Lee Kuan Yew over the unusually large losses suffered by Tamasek during the Global Financial Crisis damaged his own credibility because of his much publicised and unshakeable belief in eugenics.

The Tamasek failure was the second major let down that proved him wrong on a major issue (eugenics) over which he had a very strong unshakeable belief.

His first daughter in law Wong Ming Yang, the late first wife of Lee Hsien Loong prime minister of Singapore bore him a less than perfect grandson who it is said humiliated Lee and his wife Kwa Geok Choo.

Lee Kuan Yew was relentless on the subject of eugenics and promoting the social theory amongst Singaporeans especially its graduates that graduates should marry graduates to produce what some saw as his attempt to produce a master class of citizens.

That belief he made into a mantra and turned into a political philosophy made the birth of an Albino grandson the product of a highly educated doctor (in Wong Ming Yang) and his double PhD son even harder to bear.

Hsien Loong by all accounts lives in the looming shadow of his revived cancer. As any intelligent and forward thinking person would do, It is said that Ho Ching his wife has made preparations (including for succession) and for any eventuality. After all she is the prime minister’ spouse.

Whether those ‘contingencies’ and preparations include Hsien Yang and his family is the subject of much conjecture. One thing is for certain; whatever the relationship may have been between the Lee siblings, it is now damaged forever and irreparably so.

LAWYERS LEES  AND MONEY

The law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius at the head of which as managing partner is Hsien Yang’s wife Suet Fern handled the will of the late Lee Kuan Yew father to both Hsien Loong and Hsien Yang.

That will, in contention today, is said to have been the seventh and final will of the late Lee Kuan Yew. It is also said that the future of the house Lee Kuan Yew lived in all his life at Oxley Road in Singapore and how it is to be disposed of after his death is the subject of the feud between the brothers. Not so. And logically it can’t be so.

The ‘feud’ it appears arises out of Lee Suet Fern’s (Hsien Yang’s wife) failure to distance herself from the business of the will. The firm of which she is managing partner prepared the will according to the instructions of the late Lee Kuan Yew it is said. Suet Fern should have passed on the task of taking instructions on the will and drafting and execution of the will to a firm with no direct connection to herself. She did not according to reports.

Suet Fern is a beneficiary under the Will. Her firm is said to have taken instructions from the late Lee Kuan Yew and given him advise on the Will. Whether the advise was independent advise at the time; or whether Lee Kuan Yew had the mental capacity to make the Will he made and whether the alleged changes that were evident in his seventh and final Will were part of his independent mind is now subject of the dispute between the brothers. Lee Kuan Yew was frail and 93 years old. More important is a possible breach of the witness beneficiary rule by Suet Fern.

In any event the matter of the Lee House is a state matter as much as it is a private family matter. The children all being adults were not dependants of the late Lee Kuan Yew at the time of his passing. There is meant to be a life estate in the Lee Kuan Yew house at Oxley Road bequeathed to his daughter Lee Wei Ling upon his death.

TROJANS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGIME CHANGE

The OTPOR method of creating and exploiting disruptions in a target country requires a fracture in the heart of the nation’s soul. In Singapore’s case it is not allegations of theft or corruption even if these vices existed. This is  because the Singaporeans under the late Lee Kuan Yew have crafted for themselves an image of the Lee Singapore as being an incorruptible meritocracy which will endure under the Lee leadership well into the future.

The Lees were unlikely ever to investigate themselves. It was unthinkable under Lee Kuan Yew. That’s clearly not the case  today. The Lees are slashing their wrists very openly in public and airing their dirty laundry. But whether that great chasm now opening up under them will swallow them up and be the undoing of the Lee Kuan Yew’s  Singapore is yet to be seen.

Division and internal conflict is now a real possibility. Being the centre of the open societies foundation activities destabilising south east Asia on behalf of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Singapore and the feuding Lees appear to be their own catalyst for ‘pro democracy’ agitation sponsored by the NED and the open societies foundation in Singapore.

The next best and most effective strike for OTPOR is for their local supporters to attack the family and its perceived absence of integrity opened up by the feuding Lees.

OTPOR has created that chasm and will nurture and help it grow within Singapore as it has elsewhere. That’s how regime change has always worked. The reputation of the first family is now forever tainted. The integrity of Singapore’s integrity and its image as honest and clean is forever damaged.

Whatever else that could or may have occurred during the time of the late Lee Kuan Yew could see the light of day now that he is gone and his descendants and successors at war tainted by the mess of his last will.

INVESTIGATING NEIGHBOURS AND HOSTING REGIME CHANGE

Lee Hsien Loong is known to have objected to Singapore becoming embroiled in a fight between the Neocons and Malaysia. The so called Singaporean bank investigations into 1MDB at the request of the US DoJ demanding Singapore examine transactions between 1 MDB and third parties has weakened Singapore’s relations with its neighbours.

It would have been suicidal for Singapore to have engaged in such an investigation officially and so publicly, considering that for Singapore, much of its externally generated revenues is earned from the provision of discreet, secret and anonymous bank services to its clients no questions asked.

A single betrayal of the secrecy and anonymity provisions in their banking system would see a rush on deposits currently held in Singapore banks to a number of other secret banking jurisdictions. The damage to their economy would be irreparably harmed

There is yet much more information to be thrown up from the fight between Hsien Yang, his wife Suet Fern and Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching. One thing is for sure and that is that the knives are out and the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its acolytes in the region especially its Trojans in the Evangelical churches are baying for blood and a more “democratic” reform in government without the imprimatur of the Lee family dynasty all over their lives.

It is yet to be seen how strong Hsien Loong and Ho Ching are and how they will deal with dissent from within.

Dealing with the communist threat of the 1950’s and 1960’s was a completely different exercise in politics to dealing with Evangelicals and the open society’s foundation who are institutions funded by friends.

With friends like these who needs enemies?

 

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5 Responses to “Regime Change for Singapore- End of the Lees?”
  1. AK47 says:

    I dare say the cracks in the Singapore’s system began much earlier than postulated in your comment. Of this more of it later. However, from public announcements, cracks began to widen with the debunking of preference for Oxbridge and Ivy League graduates in 2014. Two Ministers announced that in future, applicants for jobs and promotions would not only be considered on their academic merits but also on their other talents. Only in the last few months of Lee Kuan Yew’s long career, Ministers had the courage to close out this chapter on promotion of just a brand name ‘Meritocracy’. This fallacy caused much injustice and unhappiness in a small island. The best just left quietly. Then, soon after his demise, an additional 2,000 pigs were permitted to be imported daily over and above the existing quota of 5,000 pigs daily. The question arises who imports these pigs ? Then, out of the blue but not so strange for those locked into World affairs, a top elite, Bilahari Kausikan commented in the October 2015 of the Straits Times, ‘ The DAP is irrelevant.’ Four words changed the strategic defence Policy of Singapore. From the Batu Pahat- Muar line defended by 300,000 crack troops of the Republic’s military, UMNO in Kuala Lumpur became the preferred defence line of the Republic of Singapore. Kudos for recognising the change in international terrorist warfare by the Singaporean elites. The Singaporean Trojan Horse DAP which was founded by Lee Kuan Yew in 1966, became redundant and may even be taken over by the Evangelists and change its name from Democratic Action Party to Divine Action Party of Singapore and Malaysia. In May 2017, Manubhani a leading elite caused a stir in troubled Singapore when he courageously post Lee Kuan Yew commented in the Straits Times that ‘Small states should behave like small states.’ Is this the closing of the final chapter on Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew’s home-grown natural resource, ‘Bluffology’. Then, the Conundrum of the Siblings in June 2017 was ugly and showed the World that Singapore’s Political System as created by Lee Kuan Yew, the Anti-Cambridge Godless Neo-communist Political and Socio-economic System imposed on the citizens without their knowledge and bolstered by the Apparatchiks (Meritocrats) and the West – the last, is indeed dictatorial. History is the finest arbiter of the Truth. Can Lee Kuan Yew’s dictatorial political System escape the writing on the proverbial wall ? All dictatorial regimes disappeared with the demise of their creators who were much more believable than Lee Kuan Yew eg. Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Salazar, Stalin, Tito, Mao, Ho Chi-Minh, Duvalier, Castro, Syngman Rhee, Chiang Kai Shek, Peron etc.

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  2. AK47 says:

    Which part of our wild wide World has more interesting political developments which are now taking place than in Malaysia and Singapore ? In the case of the former, the public impression is that there is political action every day. But on closer scrutiny, the whole rigmarole was created by the Opposition leaders with no tangible political assets than creating issues from non-issues daily. With so many issues manufactured, the whole strategy has now become self-defeating and meaningless to the man or woman in the street. Every Opposition elbowed in for a piece of the verbal action in the social media. As a result, every issue is of equal importance in relation to one another. And there are hundreds and hundreds of issues. For want of anything new, one Opposition leader brought in Noah’s Ark to save Pulau Pinang. This is Malaysian politics at its best for you and me. But what is perceived to be squeaky, clean, stable, quiet and in the First World style of living is the Republic of Singapore which sits on a volcano which has not erupted since 1819 when it was founded. Unlike the Bali volcano, the signs of an eruption will take longer. But the minor tremors are there to be noted. And each tremor is actually a major shift in policy e.g .i) the huge importation of the FTs and the PRs with no effect on the GDP since 2002.. ii) In 2014, two Ministers announced that in future, candidates for jobs and promotions will not only be considered on their academic qualifications alone but also on their other talents.- the failure of the much touted practice of meritocracy based on Oxbridge and Ivy League universities. These smart scholars could not meld with the hoi-polloi ! iii) In 2015, an additional 2,000 pigs were permitted to be imported daily in addition to the existing quota of 5,000 pigs daily. iv) Top elite Bilahari Kausikan commented in the October issue of the Straits Times Singapore,’ The DAP is irrelevant.’. A major shift in defence strategy by placing the first and last line of defence of the Republic on UMNO in ye olde KL. The Lee Kuan Yew’s fixed Maginot Line of Batu Pahat-Muar bolstered by 300,000 military armed to the teeth became redundant due to the latest in anti-terrorist warfare v) In November 2016, Singapore lost its carefully cultivated US Democrat support vi) Lee Kuan Yew’s Malaysia/Malays killer the TPPA which would have been his legacy for his inheritors, was thrown into the dust-bin by President Trump .vii) In May 2017. top elite Manubhani made a courageous post-Lee Kuan Yew comment in the Straits Times Singapore,’ Small states should behave like small states.’ viii) In June 2017, the Siblings Conundrum suddenly erupted ! ix) By September 2017, the Singapore Cabinet lined up like eager schoolboys to shake President Xi’s outstretched hand in Beijing ! Watch the increasing intensity of the Singaporean tremors !

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    • AK47 says:

      In addition, the latest seismic shift is the appointment of the President who is a PAP member by the ruling PAP Government. Vide. ‘The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew’ 2014/ A Festschrift contributed by the ex-President, the ex-Chief Justice, the ex-Civil Servants, the ex-Academicians etc in honour of the Boss who paid their salaries. This is the apparent separation of the Head of State, the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary for you and me.

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  3. AK47 says:

    After months of waiting anxiously after using all manner of channels, the Prime Minister of Singapore has finally got an invitation to the Republican White House after losing its carefully nurtured Democrat mojo in the unexpected Presidential loss by the Democrats. This is the cross to bear for the Singapore Government without its chief publicist Lee Kuan Yew. This is the 21st Century in all its reality and glory, not the old 20th Century of easy profits and camaraderie of sorts arising out of the Cold War derring-do – A World where Uncle Sam’s hegemonic spiel, ‘Globalisation, Free Trade, Human Rights’ backfired to the glee of the BRICS which were actually in the international dog-house before this monumental blunder by Uncle Sam not in America’s interest. President Trump recognised this which would have brought down Western Civilization faster than the historians predicted ! The Lee Kuan Yew created wicked Malaysia/Malays killer the TPPA would have ruined America faster but saved Singapore. Against this unfriendly back-drop, Singapore now has to search for a sustainable way of living against hitherto unknown formidable rivals in the Post-Cold War World. If the Singapore elites keep on with the 20th century dictums of Lee Kuan Yew instead of culling the deep recesses of their brains for innovative and creative answers for Singapore’s survival and sustainability in the future, there can only be one dominant and conclusive
    result.

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