CNY fair dispute: Opposition town council 'not picking fight'
Published on Feb 4, 2014 8:27 AM
Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) chairman Sylvia Lim said yesterday it was not picking a fight or engaging in a tit-for-tat exchange with the People's Association (PA) and merchants' association in a dispute over a Chinese New Year fair.
Responding to comments online and in media reports since news of the spat broke last week, she said: "Some people may want to characterise it as a tit-for-tat, but it's not."
The issue arose after the Workers' Party-run (WP) town council issued three notices for a fair organised by the Kovan Merchants' Association on land leased by the Government to the PA.
The notices said that the tentage and ropes for the fair protruded beyond the boundaries of the leased plot, encroaching on common property and flouting a by-law of the town council.
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