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Grassroots leader hits back at WP MP's claims

Published on Feb 4, 2014 8:22 AM

A grassroots leader in Aljunied GRC has accused the Workers' Party-run town council vice-chairman Pritam Singh of blaming a recent slate of controversies in the ward on politics in the grassroots, to "cover up his sorry record".

Mr Victor Lye, who chairs the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Citizens Consultative Committee (CCC), said yesterday in a forum letter to The Straits Times that Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) "has repeatedly sacrificed the welfare of hawkers and shopkeepers in Aljunied for its selfish interests".

"It is Mr Singh and AHPETC who shirked responsibility, dismissed legitimate concerns, and blamed others," he said.

Later in further comments to The Straits Times, he added: "He (Mr Singh) is casting aspersions on the grassroots, and I argue that he is politicising it, because grassroots have always been there doing its work... and is still continuing to do what it has been doing, which is to bond the people, and engage the people."

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