IPS Closed-Door Discussion on the 38 Oxley Road Debate


On 14 June 2017, the younger children of the late Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, published an open letter alleging that their sibling, Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong had used his political office to advance a personal agenda – that of preserving his father’s property, 38 Oxley Road.

On 3 and 4 July 2017, the PM and his Cabinet Ministers held special Parliamentary sittings to address the allegations. The Party Whip was lifted from the members of Parliament from the ruling People’s Action Party as a gesture of inviting a robust and thorough debate on the matter. The PM also encouraged the opposition members and all other parliamentarians to contribute in the same way.

As his siblings took to social media to respond to the PM’s own defence on the allegations before, during and after the Parliamentary debate, the PM’s colleagues including the Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, rose in the House to share the rationale and actions in government in relation to the property, defend the integrity of government and the PM, and suggest that this was a private family feud that had leached into the public sphere.

Since then, the three siblings have agreed to deal with the issues privately.

This CDD aims to assess if the questions related to the abuse of public office have been adequately addressed and if there is sufficient assurance that Singapore’s standards of good governance and rule of law continue to prevail.


By Invitation only


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017
9.30 am – 11.00 am (Registration begins at 9.15 am)

Meeting Room, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)