SINGAPORE In mid-June, Singaporeans woke up to Facebook posts slamming Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The harsh words, written by Lee's younger siblings, suddenly had the largely apolitical citizenry buzzing about politics, picking sides and asking questions about the government. Literally overnight, the next leadership change, to be held by 2021, took on far greater significance.
The family feud was sparked by a disagreement between Lee and his brother and sister over whether to demolish or keep the house where their father, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, had lived. But the clash soon bubbled over into something bigger, with the younger Lees claiming, among other things, that their brother was abusing his power.