LI Shengwu will not be returning to Singapore, where a contempt of court charge awaits him for suggesting that the courts of the country lacked independence, on social media last month.
“I have no intention of going back to Singapore. I have a happy life and a fulfilling job in the US,” the nephew of the prime minister told Reuters today.
Come fall next year, Li, who is a junior fellow at Harvard University, will join his alma mater as associate professor.
Li will however appoint legal representation for his defence against the charge in Singapore.
He also posted on Facebook today his reply to the attorney-general today, reiterating that the offending post was a private one that was only viewable by those on his friends list.
The post was screen-captured and then publicly shared by a Facebook user without his authorisation, said Li.
“This user is not on my Facebook ‘Friends’ list,” he said. “I do not know how this user obtained the screenshot of my private post.”
The attorney-general of Singapore yesterday it was initiating contempt of court proceedings against the 32-year-old academic over a Facebook post in which he called the government “litigious” and the courts “pliant”, on July 15.
The feisty academic had refused to comply with the AGC’s demand that he expunge the post and put up an apology dictated by government lawyers by July 28.
Li is the eldest son of Lee Hsien Yang, whose recent public feud with his brother, PM Lee Hsien Loong, made headlines.
Li had backed his father and aunt who had accused Hsien Loong of power abuse.
“I generally avoid commenting on Singapore politics, but this is an exception. In the last few years, my immediate family has become increasingly worried about the lack of checks on abuse of power. The situation is now such that my parents have made plans to relocate to another country, a painful decision that they have not made lightly,” he said.