Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore is orderly, civil — and aghast over a family feud

Singapore is orderly, civil — and aghast over a family feud

Paint is chipping off the two-story house at 38 Oxley Road. If not for the empty white guard posts, few could tell it housed the man who built Singapore into a global symbol of order and opportunity.

Now this modest former residence of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founder and first prime minister, is at the crux of a bewildering battle that has entangled the city-state’s most prominent family — his own. It has tested the very principles he relied on to transform an unknown backwater into one of the most prosperous societies in Asia.

His two youngest children accuse their brother, the current prime minister, of betraying their father’s wishes to demolish the house after his...

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