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Singapore protest urges probe of PM

Reuters SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Around 400 protesters gathered at Singapore’s Speakers’ Corner on Saturday calling for an independent inquiry into whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong abused his power in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late father’s house.

The heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s long-serving first prime minister who died in 2015, are bitterly divided over whether to demolish the family home at 38 Oxley Road, or allow the government to decide if it should become a heritage site.

The public row in a family that stands at the heart of Singapore’s establishment raised uncomfortable questions in a city-state that prides itself on being a rock of stability in Southeast Asia.

Displays of dissent are rare, but the issue gave some people at Saturday’s rally ammunition to vent frustration over a family that has supplied two of Singapore’s three leaders since independence in 1965.

“Singapore belongs to Singaporeans, and not to the FamiLee,” read a large banner on the stage for the protest at Speaker’s Corner, a designated venue for people to air their views, located in a park near the city’s financial district.

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