UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect further comments by Li.
The eldest son of Lee Hsien Yang has expressed surprise at the Attorney-General’s Chamber’s (AGC) response to his private Facebook post in July about the Lee family feud, saying that the agency had chosen to “escalate the dispute”.
“I don’t know whether or not this will resolve the matter. There should have been no matter in the first place, and I’m surprised that the AGC chose to escalate the dispute,” said Li Shengwu on Friday (4 August), in an email response to queries from Yahoo News Singapore.
Yahoo News Singapore had asked the 32-year-old if he felt that his latest Facebook post on Friday would resolve the matter. Earlier in the day, Li said that the AGC had sent him a “threatening letter” that called the July post an attack on the Singapore judiciary. He stressed that he had actually intended to comment on the “litigious” nature of the government and how this affects press freedom.
He added that he had amended his July post to avoid any “misunderstanding”.
Li, who is the nephew of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, added that he had responded in writing to the AGC. Li was asked by the AGC to take down his original post and put up an apology prepared by government lawyers by 28 July, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.
Li confirmed to Yahoo News Singapore that he had been asked to take down the post and issue an apology.
Asked if he intended to continue writing social media posts on similar issues, Li replied, “I regularly write commentaries on current affairs to my Facebook friends. I will continue to be frank and honest with them.”