Town council's red grade fuels debate

Aljunied-Hougang Town Council chairman Sylvia Lim and Dr Teo Ho Pin, coordinating chairman of the 14 PAP town councils.

WHEN Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) got a red score for collection of service and conservancy charges arrears during the latest Town Council Management Review, it blamed the company managing the council's computer and financial system - Action Information Management (AIM).

Instead of addressing the red score, AHTC released a statement yesterday questioning how the 14 town councils could have seen it fit to sell away their rights to a system developed with public funds.

In response, Dr Teo Ho Pin, coordinating chairman of the 14 PAP town councils, said that AHTC's chairman Sylvia Lim did not answer key questions.

Ms Lim had said that extensions to the contract with AIM had to be "fought for".

The Workers' Party has been running AHTC since Aug 1 last year after it won Aljunied GRC in the General Election in May.

Not accurate, said Dr Teo. He said the contract ended because AHTC had written in on June 10, 2011, to say that it wanted to develop its own system.

The contract was terminated with "mutual agreement" on Sept 9 last year, after two extensions had been given at AHTC's request, Dr Teo said, adding that AHTC had thanked AIM for the extensions.

"Ms Lim should come clean on the facts. Why state that AIM wanted to terminate, while suppressing the fact that AHTC had on June 10, 2011, written to say that it wanted to develop its own software? "The question has not been answered by her," DrTeo said.

New issues

Dr Teo noted that Ms Lim had raised several new issues relating to allegations of conflict of interest in her statement and said that the town councils will go through the latest allegations and "deal with them openly" over the next few days.

So is this an issue of a bad grade been turned into politicking by AHTC?

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