Hsien Yang and his wife Suet Fern.
SINGAPORE: Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has not left Singapore but is making preparations to do so, said his wife, Lee Suet Fern on Wednesday.
When The Straits Times went to their home, Lee, a top corporate lawyer who is managing partner at Morgan Lewis Stamford, was just about to leave for the office.
She said that Lee Hsien Yang had already left for work, and added that she and her husband were in the process of preparing to leave the country.
She declined to say when they would be leaving, or where they would be going.
Lee Hsien Yang, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said in a statement posted on his Facebook page in the early hours of Wednesday morning that he felt closely monitored and feared the use of state organs against him and his wife.
He was not immediately available for comment, but the Financial Times quoted him saying on Wednesday: "I am not an anti-establishment, opposition figure. I have a long record of public service. It is heart wrenching for me to leave this country. It is not something I would do lightly."
In a six-page statement that he issued jointly with his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, he had said that he felt compelled to leave Singapore "for the foreseeable future".
Both Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee added that they had lost confidence in PM Lee and alleged, among other things, that since the death of their father, Lee Kuan Yew, on March 23, 2015, there have been changes in Singapore that did not reflect what the late Lee stood for.
Their statement centred around the long-running dispute over the future of their father's house at 38 Oxley Road.
The two siblings are joint executors and trustees of the estate of the late Lee.
Shortly after Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling published the statement on their Facebook pages at 2am, Lee Hsien Yang's eldest son, Dr Li Shengwu, also published it on his Facebook account.
Dr Li Shengwu, currently a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, said in an accompanying note:
"I generally avoid commenting on Singapore politics, but this is an exception. In the last few years, my immediate family has become increasingly worried about the lack of checks on abuse of power. The situation is now such that my parents have made plans to relocate to another country, a painful decision that they have not made lightly."
PM Lee had said in a statement on Wednesday that he was disappointed that his siblings had chosen to issue a statement to publicise private family matters.
PM Lee added that he was "deeply saddened by the unfortunate allegations that they have made". - The Straits Times/Asia News Network