Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Astounding Lapses of AHPETC

The reputation of the Workers' Party has never so splendid since its capture of the Aljunied GRC and Punggol East  SMC in GE 2011 and BE 2013 respectively. And the prospects that it can do even better in the next GE have never been brighter. The groundswell of opinion is in its favour and the opposition generally as of until now. And the electorate, minus the pro-PAP diehards, looks forward promisingly to the winds of change in the political situation in the next GE.


So the critical report of the Auditor-General's Office on the lapses of the AHPETC in its financial management and governance of the Town Council came like a bolt from the blue. It caught most Singaporeans by surprise, but quite frankly it was not entirely unexpected. One of the most glaring lapses is the persistent conflict of interest revealed in the AGO's report between the Town Council and its managing agents the FM Solutions & Services (FMSS) and the FM Solutions & Integrated Services (FMSI).  How on earth could the husband and wife team of secretary and general manager of the Town Council be the majority owners and proprietor of the managing agents at the same time is the serious conflict of interest problem no amount of explanation that the WP Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang and Chairman Sylvia Lim can give convincingly to pacify the electorate.

The Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan and Law Minister K. Shanmugam  have never been so vehement in their denunciations of the Workers' Party for its lapses in AHPETC emphasising strongly on its conflict of interest problem at the Parliamentary sitting on 12 February. The WP Mr. Low Thia Khiang and Ms Sylvia Lim could offer no satisfactory answers to the pernicious accusations and looked very dejected. WP Mr. Pritam Singh did not help in his inexplicable remarks that he would only answer to his residents.

It is unfortunate that these colossal AHPETC lapses occur so near to the next GE which could take place at any time before January 2017. WP's ineffectual defence against the PAP denuciations could not have put them in a favourable light with the electorate. Unless they can come up with a concrete solution to the financial and governance lapses of the AHPETC quickly, it looks like they may lose considerable support from the middle ground.

WP must try its best to defend itself in the coming weeks to convince the middle-ground that its Town Council is still very much in good hands. What needs to be rectified or who needs to be changed, act on it. Be transparent with the electorate and I'm sure they will be a lot more forgiving towards you.

The same cannot be said of the PAP. Like one of their prominent minister said, "We are deaf to all these criticisms."

3 comments:

The said...

Astounding lapses - you mean the chart showing fudged data?

Xtrocious said...

Hmm...how is it that one can be the leader of the nation and his wife is the boss of the sovereign fund?

Surely this is also a conflict of interest no?

By the way, conflicts of interest are not against the law; otherwise, we won't have government-linked companies supplying stuff to the government.

Examples are plenty like SFI (now part of SATS) supplying food to the SAF.

BTW I still can't believe a simple cai png meal cost in excess of S$10 per soldier!

anibodi said...

When Khaw Khaw and Shamu Shamu pointed their index finger at WP and AHPETC, they at the same time pointed three of their other fingers at themselves and one thumb downwards to the ground. Is it not so?

For humpty dumpty years, there
had/have/has been so many
conflicts of interests within

the PAP,

PAP-Owned Organisations,

PAP-Linked Organisations,

PAP-Related Organisations,

PAP-Associated Organisations,

PAP-Supported Organisations,

PAP-Supporters' Organisations,

PAP-Patronised Organisations,

Statutory Boards,
(e.g. Lee & Lee vis-a-vis HDB)

Peoples' Association (PM=Chairman of PA) and PAP MPs are Advisors to Grass-Roots Organisations, e.g RCs, CCs, CCCs, CCMCs, etc.

Temasek Holdings
and its long, long string of
Sub-Holdings and Organisations,

GIC,(PM=Chairman of GIC)

Government-Linked-Companies

National Trade Union Congress
and its long string of organisations.

Why nobody had/has bothered to point any finger at somebody?

Anybody could have done it, but nobody ever did it to somebody?

WHY? WHY? WHY?