Lee Hsien Yang, the brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said during an interview with Bloomberg that he is considering running for President of Singapore.
He is currently not in Singapore amidst an investigation by the Singapore police on him and his wife Lee Suet Fern for allegedly providing false evidence.
Lee told Bloomberg that “if I were to run, they would be in serious trouble and could lose,” adding that “a lot of people have come to me. They really want me to run. It is something I would consider.”
The next presidential election in Singapore is expected to be held in September this year, 6 years after current president Halimah Yacob began her presidency back in September 2017.
Lee joined the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) before the 2020 General Election but ultimately chose not to contest in the elections, saying that Singapore doesn’t need another Lee in politics.
Lee and his wife have been living in Europe for months, leaving Singapore after the police asked them to come down for an interview back in June 2022.
They had initially agreed to the police interview but asked to reschedule it, before failing to turn up and emailing the police that they won’t be attending the interview, before leaving Singapore and haven’t returned since.
The couple were being investigated for possible offences of lying under oath during judicial proceedings, with the Court of Three Judges and a disciplinary tribunal finding that they had lied under oath back in 2020 over Lee’s involvement in executing the last will of the late Lee Kuan Yew.
Lee also declined to reveal to Bloomberg about where he and his wife are currently.