Home News SG Economy WP run town council goes to Court to settle differences with HDB

WP run town council goes to Court to settle differences with HDB

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Which accountant will manage Workers’ Party run town council’s finances and inspect its books? According to The Straits Times, the opposition held town council and Housing & Development Board (HDB) are not able to come to an agreement on this.
The town council, Aljunied Hougang Town Council (AHTC), has now applied to address the Court of Appeal “on the appointment of accountants and on costs”. The case has been scheduled for next Thursday.
In 2014, the Government had asked the Auditor-General to do a special audit on the opposition party run town council after it was unable to fulfill mandatory requirements satisfactorily. A special audit was subsequently carried out by the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO), and AGO was assisted by PwC.
The AGO’s Report found lapses in governance and compliance by the town council. The Ministry subsequently wanted to appoint PwC to manage the town council’s finances.
When the town council disagreed with the Ministry on the appointment of that auditing firm because AHTC felt that the appointment of PwC will lead to perceptions of bias, the case went to court.
In the long drawn out saga, the Court of Appeal ruled in November last year that AHTC must appoint independent accountants to help it address shortcomings raised earlier by the Accountant General’s Report, and to make all outstanding transfers to its sinking fund within three months. It also ruled that the appointment of the accountant would have to be approved by the HDB.
HDB however cannot unreasonably withhold its consent, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon when delivering the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
Both the Ministry of National Development (MND) and HDB have said that it would not be appropriate to comment on the issue at this stage as it is before the Court, but AHTC chairman Pritam Singh said that the town council has applied to the Court of Appeal for further instructions.Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

‘I will never wear a mask,’ says foreigner in MRT after being told to wear one

Singapore – A video of a man explaining to passengers why "he will never wear a mask" while inside the MRT has been circulating online, garnering responses from the online community to put him to task. "Another sovereign who refused to wear...

SPH Media Holdings: Different name, different company, but still the same state propaganda machine

The story of Singapore’s mainstream print media is really two stories. One is political – the management or control of public opinion in a new environment. The other is keeping it alive commercially in today’s new information world where print media...

Netizens go to town and blast SPH CEO over his ‘take umbrage’ comment

Update: Mr Ng issued an apology on the subject on Saturday (May 8). He told The Straits Times: "I had stood up for SPH Media's long-cherished editorial integrity and will continue to do so. Being a direct and blunt-speaking person, I...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent