The first Town Council Management Report (TCMR) has been released by the Ministry of National Development (MND). The report covers six indicators under four key areas – estate cleanliness, estate maintenance, lift performance and management of arrears in service & conservancy charges (S&CC). It is for the period Oct 2009 to Mar 2010.
In this first assessment of town councils’ performance, Potong Pasir Town Council is judged to have performed worse than the other councils. It scored four “Level 5” in six categories. Level 5 is for the lowest score while Level 1 is for the highest.
Potong Pasir is run by Mr Chiam See Tong, secretary general of the opposition Singapore People’s Party.
Over at the other opposition-held ward of Hougang, helmed by Mr Low Thia Khiang, the results were slightly better. The town council scored two “Level 5” and one “Level 4”.
As for the People’s Action Party town councils, the lowest score attained was “Level 3” by several town councils in various categories.
The best performing town councils, according to the results, seem to be Tanjong Pagar Town Council, helmed by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Ang Mo Kio-Yio Chu Kang Town Council, headed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The MND says the “TCMR results should not be simplistically compared across towns. The more appropriate use of the results is for monitoring of the performance of Towns over time.”
It also “encouraged [residents] to enter into discussions with their Town Councils on their desired level of upkeep and how to jointly achieve their objective while taking the cost of service delivery into consideration.”
Read also: Potong Pasir Town Council rebuts ST report (November 2009).
You can view the TCMR report here.
Here's a quick look at the results: