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Tag Archives: AHPETC

Is the “controversial” AHPETC management fee really that controversial?

By Gangasudhan With much being said about the management fee being paid by Town Councils to their vendors, the question comes down to how much all the Town Councils pay for the service of administration and support for the running of these municipal bodies. In order to do so, the audited 2013/2014 Annual Reports of the following Town Councils were …

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Politicising the AHPETC saga, and why ST got it wrong

By Howard Lee At some point, we would expect the AHPETC town management saga to be trotted out for a political showing, if not a showdown, as we round the corner for the next General Election. But few might expect the first volley to be fired before nomination day has been announced, and by no less than Singapore’s leading national …

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HDB applies to be co-plaintiff in AHPETC case, WP expresses surprise.

If the Court of Appeal upholds a High Court decision not to appoint independent accountants to the  Aljunied-Houngang-Punngol East Town Council (AHPETC), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) may be brought in as co-plaintiffs alongside the Ministry of National Development (MND) for the case. The application was made of 22 June but it is still subject to the Court of Appeal's grant. When …

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Former AHPETC secretary Mr Danny Loh dies aged 55

Mr Danny Loh Chong Meng, 55, passed away during a holiday at Japan. He was also the former secretary of AHPETC. AHPETC Chairman, Ms Sylvia Lim, expressed her condolences in an AHPETC press release yesterday. We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Mr Danny Loh. Danny was the Secretary of the Town Council (TC) for the first four …

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Heng Swee Keat’s allegations – wild claims or fact?

In Parliament on Friday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat joined in the attacks on the Workers’ Party (WP) over the management of the WP town council, AHPETC. In particular, Mr Heng claimed how WP non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP), Yee Jenn Jong, and “a group of party supporters” had “walked away quickly” when the resident allegedly asked the WP “group” …

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AGO had also found shortcomings in ministries and others: Png

“Over the years, the AGO has found sad instances of over payments, payments without evidence that goods and services were delivered, duplicate payments and in one instance amounting to $18.6 million, and etc in many ministries and organs of states it audited,” said Png Eng Huat, Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang single-member constituency in Parliament on Thursday. Mr Png, …

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Cutting through the smog to the facts on AHPETC

The debate in Parliament over the Workers’ Party town council, AHPETC, has been fiery with many accusations thrown at the WP. It would thus be good to go beyond the political rhetoric and accusations and look at things factually. In this regard, we will be presenting each main issue here, giving the facts so that Singaporeans can better understand them, …

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Sylvia Lim lays down the facts to correct misimpressions

Speech by MP for Aljunied GRC and chairman of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Townn Council. [Delivered in Parliament on 12 Feb 2015] We support the motion and as Town Council chairman I would like to put the concerns about the accounts of Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East TC in proper perspective. As we said before, we welcome the audit by the Auditor-General’s Office. The …

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Managing agents in key positions in town councils – a common practice

The Auditor General’s Office (AGO) report on its audit of the Workers’ Party-led Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) has raised the issue of a conflict of interest in the management of the town council. The AGO said AHPETC "did not adequately manage the conflicts of interests of related parties arising from ownership interests of its key officers." Essentially, the AGO …

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AHPETC fined $800 for holding trade fair without approval from NEA

Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) has been fined $800 by the courts for holding a festive trade fair without approval from the National Environment Agency (NEA). The penalty amount for the offense was announced on Wednesday (24 December) after the courts found the town council to be guilty of the offense on 28 November. AHPETC, which is currently run by the …

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