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Former information minister Zainuddin Maidin has claimed that Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent video statement is a major slap for his Malaysian counterpart.

He noted how Lee had apologised to Singaporeans over the tiff with his siblings with regard to their late father and the island republic’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s residence.

“He promised Singaporeans a full public hearing in parliament next month to enable both his party members and the opposition to hold an independent probe and (stated) that he is prepared to answer (the questions raised).“Whoever watched that video of Lee would ask why Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is facing a slew of allegations, is unwilling to do what the Singaporean prime minister intends to do,” he added in a blog posting.

The former minister, who is better known as Zam, said although Lee’s promise had yet to be implemented, his remarks have restored the people’s respect and confidence in him.

According to him, this showed that Lee understood the public’s evaluation of the Singaporean leadership and it is because of this, he is prepared to face the people to eradicate whatever ill feelings towards him and to strengthen his position as prime minister and the people’s support in the PAP


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