FILE PHOTO – Lee Hsien Yang, son of former chief Lee Kuan Yew, delivers his eulogy through the funeral service on the College Cultural Centre on the Nationwide College of Singapore March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Singapore prime minister’s estranged brother has thrown his help behind a newly-formed opposition occasion in an intriguing twist forward of elections anticipated to be held as quickly as this yr.
In Fb feedback made late Sunday, Lee Hsien Yang mentioned the ruling Individuals’s Motion Get together (PAP) – led by his brother Lee Hsien Loong and based by his father Lee Kuan Yew – had “misplaced its method”.
His feedback come amid a bitter feud together with his brother over what to do with their late father’s home, and an election which some analysts say might be months away and should be held by early 2021 on the newest.
“I wholeheartedly help the rules and values of the Progress Singapore Get together,” Hsien Yang mentioned within the put up.
“Immediately’s PAP is not the PAP of my father. It has misplaced its method.”
The PAP – which has dominated Singapore since its independence over half a century in the past and by no means seen its vote share drop beneath 60% – didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The newly-formed Progress Singapore Get together is led by Tan Cheng Bock, a former PAP lawmaker who shot to prominence by practically defeating a candidate backed by PM Lee within the 2011 presidential race.
PM Lee, 67, has mentioned he’ll step down by the point he’s 70.
It isn’t but clear whether or not Hsien Yang, his youthful brother, plans to enter politics. On the PSP occasion launch on Friday, Tan mentioned Hsien Yang could be welcome to hitch his occasion however on their phrases and never for any private agenda.
Reporting by John Geddie; Enhancing by Simon Cameron-Moore