In their zest to smear opposition party Workers’ Party’s (WP) Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), the Ministry of National Development (MND) published a fake news claiming that the opposition has failed to complied with the law.
“Not only was the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) late in submitting its audited financial statements for the fifth straight year, certain persistent lapses remain in the qualified opinion of its auditor. The lapses ranged from late transfers to, and inappropriate use of, the sinking fund, to lax tender processes.”
However, it appears the MND did not do their due diligence when fabricating the 3 accusations – late sinking fund transfer, recording sinking fund spending and failure to include a debarment notice in its public tender. It is also understood that the MND did not inform AHTC and instead went to the state media press, TodayOnline and Straits Times, to shame the opposition.
Representing the opposition town council, WP MP Pritam Singh responded that AHTC had fully made all required sinking fund transfers and they were late because of the late government grants paid by MND which the government withheld for years. As to the second allegation of “inappropriate use”, MP Pritam Singh said a staff has wrongly keyed in S$4,161.87 payment for a resident’s leaking ceiling as facade work under the sinking fund. For the third allegation of “law tender processes”, the failure to include a debarment clause was only found in one tender due to isolated editorial error, but every other tender has such a clause.
The ruling party PAP government is trying to unseat the opposition through undemocratic means, and specifically through criminal charges of corruption. Earlier this year, through his control of puppet president Tony Tan, dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed appointed former PAP MP Hri Kumar as the Deputy Attorney-General.