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Old 16th April 2011, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hougang HUDC flats to go private but issue remains

Hougang HUDC flats to go private but issue remains
By Jessica Cheam



The People's Action Party's (PAP) advisor for Hougang constituency Eric Low said an Housing and Urban Development Company (HUDC) estate in the opposition Hougang ward has been successfully privatised. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

AN HOUSING and Urban Development Company (HUDC) estate in the opposition Hougang ward has been successfully privatised, said Mr Eric Low, the People's Action Party's (PAP) advisor for the constituency, on Saturday.

But the HUDC flat owners of Blocks 344 to 350 at Hougang Avenue 7, said their happiness at the privatisation was dampened somewhat due to an unresolved issue over their sinking fund, which they said had not been addressed by the estate's Town Council chairman Low Thia Khiang despite repeated requests.

Mr Low is the incumbent MP for Hougang since he won the single-member constituency in the 1991 General Election.

The PAP's new candidate for the opposition ward, Desmond Choo, said on Saturday he would work with advisor Mr Low to help residents address the issue.

The HUDC estate, in an exercise held in February, obtained 82.5 per cent consent from the 286 owners to go private after it became eligible for privatisation in 2010.

If the vote goes through before Aug 1, 2013, the Government will cap the cost of privatising the homes at $30,000 per unit.


http://www.straitstimes.com/GeneralE...ry_657498.html

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Re: Hougang HUDC flats to go private but issue remains

I believe PAP will use this opportunity to stir up voters.

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Re: Hougang HUDC flats to go private but issue remains

Err... Maybe bah.

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Re: Hougang HUDC flats to go private but issue remains

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I believe PAP will use this opportunity to stir up voters.
Maybe they will, but if they did, will they succeed ?

But I doubt they will actually

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GE: PAP's Lim Hwee Hua questions Hougang financials

GE: PAP's Lim Hwee Hua questions Hougang financials
Posted: 03 May 2011 0714 hrs


SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC), Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, has queried the Hougang Town Council's silence about its accounts, raising questions about the Workers' Party's (WP) ability to run a bigger estate.


Mrs Lim Hwee Hua

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Kaki Bukit on Monday, Mrs Lim revealed that residents from a Housing and Urban Development Company (HUDC) precinct in Hougang have not been able to plan for the privatisation of their estate and have resorted to sending a lawyer's letter to the town council asking for details of its accounts, especially its sinking fund.

Residents of the seven blocks of HUDC flats, Blocks 344 to 350 in Hougang Avenue 7, voted strongly for privatisation in February.

Mrs Lim, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Office as well as Second Minister for Finance and Transport, said this was troubling as residents were asking many questions. But, she said, the town council run by the WP has kept quiet.

Mrs Lim said this has great implications for residents of Aljunied GRC, because if the WP cannot account for itself in Hougang Town Council, residents should wonder how it can manage a town council on a larger scale.

She said: "Is it just messy or are they holding back till after the elections so that whoever wins Hougang will then inherit the accounts? The Workers' Party has always emphasised transparency and accountability of the town council. It is very perplexing why they have kept very quiet."

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...13_159/1/.html

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Re: Hougang HUDC flats to go private but issue remains

and the good witch begins stirring...

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Maybe this issue will affect the votes ?

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Re: Hougang HUDC flats to go private but issue remains

So... They begun to attack this.

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GE: WP's Low Thia Khiang's response on Hougang Town Council's accounts

GE: WP's Low Thia Khiang's response on Hougang Town Council's accounts

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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..."

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...91_159/1/.html

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So... Will residents vote for PAP instead?

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So... Will residents vote for PAP instead?
There will be definately an effect on the votes, but how big the effect is, we will have to wait for the results to come out

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Dirty Politics.
PAP is strong.

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