Photo of Owen Hawkes from Straits Times

In a shocking revelation made by witness, the court heard that the government orchestrated several organisations to sabotage the town council. According to the town council’s managing agent, the Singapore government’s Auditor General Office, their hired-auditor KPMG and the government’s newspapers sabotaged the company through relentless audits and grossly inaccurate reporting.

The FMSS director who lost her husband first hit out at the government newspapers like Straits Times for reporting fake news. According to Straits Times in 2015, How Weng Fan’s husband died of an “accident” from a fall, when he actually died from a heart attack while working on the finances of the town council in Japan:

“In Japan, (my husband Danny Loh) was still doing the bonus calculation. He just died of a heart attack there and then. What did the press report? He died in an accident. Totally untruth. How can that be?”

How Weng Fan then hit out at auditors PWC, KPMG and AGO for repeating audits after audits. PWC and KPMG was found to have inaccurate reported the accounts, and the government-paid auditors refused to listen to FMSS’s defence and proceeded ahead to publish the damning audit reports:

“My husband was under a lot of pressure. We went through a lot of hell having to set up the town council properly, amidst all the problems that we had and at the end of the day we deal with audit, then AGO, then we have to deal with audit again, PwC, and nobody wants to listen to the problems we were facing and going through and at the end of the day, the town council accepts the AGO’s report just like that. The report doesn’t tell everything. Events are not recorded properly. I spent five hours talking to AGO, I don’t think the minutes reflect that.”

A transcript of a phone call between How Weng Fan and KPMG also revealed that KPMG “rushed out” the report due to a lack of time:

“I know you all (KPMG) want to rush out the report but … you can’t finalise this report like that.”

The witness also hit out at the PAP-owned company AIM for stealing the town council management software and its vital data, resulting in the town council being unready for audit:

“FMSS had told the town council that we were not in a position to do an audit, and that our advice was to honestly tell the Ministry of National Development and the Housing Development Board that we were unable to do an audit as we did not have the computer system for it, and could not balance the figures.”

 

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