In an emotionally-charged attack against Opposition MP Sylvia Lim, the ruling party’s prosecutor Davinder Singh ranted at the defence witness repeatedly accusing her of lying. Angered by MP Sylvia Lim’s composure at the cross-examination, senior counsel Davinder Singh went into firing baseless accusations:
“Ms Lim had misled everyone that the company had terminated its contract, which is why the opposition-run town council had to upscale. You lied to your town council members, you lied to Parliament, you lied in this court in your defence. And even now, you don’t have the honour to accept that what you did was wrong.”
According to Davinder Singh, the PAP-owned company AIM had “bent over backwards” to help the opposition-held town council when their contract ended, by offering two deadline extensions. Based off the two extensions stretched over 2 months, the PAP-hired senior counsel then confused the court, claiming that the Opposition MPs had “all the time they needed” to get their town council management system software running.
Presenting it as a court evidence, Davinder Singh used a courtesy email by FMSS thanking AIM for their assistance and misled the court into believing the two extensions over two months were sufficient for the town council:
“You see, Ms Lim, far from AIM trying to undermine AHTC or the WP, it bent over backwards to accede to the requests that were sought… do you agree?”
The courtesy email however did not mention if Aljunied Town Council no longer needed further assistance from AIM, but the assumption was nonetheless conjured by the PAP lawyer.
Senior counsel Davinder Singh, a former PAP MP, denied that there is no political factor, or sabotage from the PAP-owned company, and deliberately left out the fact that AIM terminated the contract in the first place.
Immediately after the Workers’ Party won the 2011 General Election in June 2011, software company AIM – whose chairman is former PAP MP Chandra Das – terminated its contract with Aljunied Town Council and took away its software, along with vital town council statistics and data. The sabotage from the loss of essential data and software costed the Opposition-held town council massive losses in manpower, as data had to be manually entered, recovered and formatted.
The vital TCMS software – bought at S$23 million – was previously owned by the town councils until it was sold to AIM – a S$2 capital company set up by a former PAP MP – for S$140,000 in 2010. The ruling party did not explain why it sold the essential software to a private company like AIM, and only briefly explained that it was “cost-savings”.