SINGAPORE: The estate of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has filed an application to the High Court for permission to appeal against certain court orders in a case involving the late Mr Lee's oral history transcripts.
Lawyers from Rajah & Tann, acting on behalf of the estate, said in a statement on Friday (Oct 7), that these orders "relate to the decision of the High Court to disallow a further affidavit to be filed by the estate, and to seal or expunge certain affidavits, portions of affidavits, and other Court documents, from the Court file".
On Sep 28, the High Court had dismissed the application by Mr Lee's children, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, for rights and access to transcripts relating to a series of interviews given by the late Mr Lee to the Government’s Oral History Department between July 1981 and July 1982.
After the ruling, the estate had indicated that it was considering the possibility of appealing parts of the Court's decision.
"The estate is reviewing the court's ruling that the copyright vested in the estate is limited to ensuring the Government's compliance with the interview agreement, and does not include a right to use or make copies of the tape recordings and transcripts. The estate believes that such an interpretation of the interview agreement runs contrary to the context, language and purpose of the interview agreement, and is considering an appeal against this ruling. The estate is also considering seeking leave to appeal against the court's decision to expunge parts of affidavits and documents filed for the purpose of the hearing," it had said.