Singapore PM absent brother joined an opposition party, the election looms

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FILE PHOTO: Lee Hsien Yang, son of former leader Lee Kuan Yew gave his eulogy during the funeral service at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore on 29 March 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The prime minister of Singapore, the brother of Lee Hsien Yang, said on Wednesday that he had joined an opposition party competing against his brother at the next July 10 elections, but that he was undecided on whether he would be a candidate.

Lee Hsien Yang, son of Singapore’s modern founder, Lee Kuan Yew, has already been involved in a violent conflict with his brother on his late father’s house. He told Reuters that he had joined the new developments in Singapore Party (PSP).

Lee has been criticized for his brother Lee Hsien Loong, People’s Action Party (PAP), which their father founded and governed the city-state since its independence in 1965.

Last year, Hsien Yang said that the PAP has “lost its way” and that it “supports the principles and values of the Progression of the Singapore a Part of.”

The PSP is headed by Tan Cheng Bock, a former PAP legislator, who has shot to fame for close to defeat a candidate backed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the 2011 presidential race.

“We’ll see,” Lee Hsien Yang said when asked if he would stand as a candidate.

PSP, said on Twitter that she has welcomed Lee Hsien Yang as a member.

“It is time for change,” he added.

Reporting Fathin Ungku and John Geddie; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Gerry Doyle

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