GE: WP's Low Thia Khiang's response on Hougang Town Council's accounts
By Wayne Chan/Hetty Musfirah Abdul Khamid
Posted: 04 May 2011 0124 hrs
SINGAPORE : Addressing supporters at a rally in Punggol East on Tuesday night, the Workers' Party's (WP) Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang gave a detailed response to the questions raised by People's Action Party's (PAP) candidate for Aljunied GRC, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, about the transparency of the Hougang Town Council's accounts.
Workers' Party's (WP) Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang
Mr Low called it an attempt to discredit him and explained that the legal duration to privatise an HUDC estate is 2.5 years.
He said: "They have embarked on a personal attack against me to try to discredit me. The prime minister has personally gone down to Aljunied GRC, to campaign for the PAP team, even though the PAP Aljunied team is lead by two ministers, and a future Speaker of Parliament.
"I have called for a report of this issue, and Hougang Town Council has given me the correspondence between the town council, HDB, and the pro-tem committee chairman. It seems like everyone was in the loop, except Mrs Lim Hwee Hua."
Mr Low also maintained that his town council is well run, and its accounts are audited.
He said: "The account of Hougang Town Council, like any town council from the PAP, has to be audited by a public accountant, approved by the Ministry of National Development (MND). After the audit is completed, it has to be submitted to the MND and the auditor general for approval. Then, like all statutory boards, it has to be presented to the Parliament and circulated to every Member of Parliament. If the account is messy as what she claims, why would MND and the auditor general approve it?"
Meanwhile, MediaCorp also spoke to some residents of the Hougang HUDC flats.
They said they have tried contacting the town council to show the status of the sinking funds for months, but to no avail.
Some also said they do not want the issue to be politicised. They said it is a straightforward one between the town council and residents.
They also wanted a definite timeline of when the issue can be resolved.
One resident said: "We would like to have a more definite answer. Is it a one or two months, and then we can plan and then see how we can move forward. We just need to know if there are issues, be open with us and tell us. I do not think we are unreasonable."
Another commented: "As residents, we want to know what is happening to us, because at the end of the day, it is us that is being affected. I do not see this as a political matter, so whatever my considerations for voting, I do not think I will include this item as one of those..."