Workers’ Party (WP) parliamentarians Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh have been found liable for damages suffered by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) on October 11. Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng brought up possible political implications as a result of the upcoming trial.
The case is set to move on to a second set of hearings to determine the quantum of damages suffered by AHTC and how much is recoverable from the parliamentarians. The MPs can also appeal the High Court’s decision.
In a social media post on October 13, Cheng wrote, that while the legal nuances may be too complicated for the public to follow, “What’s most important are the political implications of this”.
He asked, “Will the damages that the Workers Party MPs have to pay Aljunied Town Council be enough to bankrupt them ?
And more importantly, will this be enough for Aljunied voters to vote against the WP?”
He also explained that the crucial points to note were that, “After winning Aljunied GRC, the Workers Party decided that they wanted to use a managing agent they could trust, instead of the previous managing agent used by the PAP”, and that, “In order to do this, they waived the tender when appointing FMSS. The court found that this was improper”.
“The Workers Party therefore put their own political interest above that of their constituents (by calling a tender and then choosing the best proposal)”, Cheng added.
Unless the WP MPs are unable to pay the damages, it is unlikely that the judgment will affect their parliamentary positions since the lawsuit arises from civil proceedings.
If they are unable to pay up, they will be made bankrupt and lose their seats in parliament. /TISG