That said, he's back now, and on Monday evening dropped his first big statement, looking completely unrested, in a 3-minute-and-40-second video clip, since his 3,882-word response that he released through his lawyers on Thursday evening.
On Wednesday, PM Lee's siblings Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang had put up a six-page statement on their Facebook accounts, claiming that they felt "threatened" in trying to honour their late father's wish to demolish their family home at 38 Oxley Road, among other things. I tried to deal with their unhappiness privately.
This included offering to transfer 38 Oxley Road to his sister for a nominal $1, which was rejected. "I had hoped that this would satisfy them", he said. There should be no reason for any further quarrel, since I no longer own the house and I do not take part in any Government decisions on the house.
He instructed that the PAP party whip should be lifted.
But he noted that his siblings have decided to make serious allegations publicly, including the claim that he used his position as Prime Minister to influence a ministerial committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to weigh the various options for the family home.
PM Lee urged all MPs, including those who are not from the PAP, to examine the issues thoroughly and question him and his Cabinet colleagues "vigorously".
This committee was set up to discuss options for the house and their implications.
"These allegations go beyond private and personal matters, and extend to the conduct of my office and the integrity of the Government", he said. Let us resolve this highly charged matter quickly and amicably for the good of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, his legacy, and our country.
"As public servants, my ministers and I will always protect the integrity of our institutions, and uphold the strict standards separating private affairs from our public duties", said PM Lee.
He added that the baseless allegations made by his siblings must be dealt with openly and refuted. He called for open discussion among parliament members to "strengthen confidence in our institutions and our system of government".
He also assured Singaporeans that the dispute will not distract him and his Cabinet from dealing with more important national issues such as the economic and security challenges facing Singapore.
"We are determined to fix the damage that has been done to Singapore", Lee pledged to the citizens.