Parliament to debate town council review on Monday

The issue of town councils is likely to dominate the next Parliament sitting on Monday May 13.

That is when Members will debate the topic after the Minister for National Development makes a statement on a strategic review of town councils.

It will be the highlight of a sitting that has also drawn four questions on the bird ful outbreak in China and its impact on Singapore, according to the Order Paper released on Friday.

Last week, a committee appointed by the Government found that People's Action Party (PAP) town councils did not lose or misuse public funds in the controversial sale of their software to a PAP-owned company AIM.

But it highlighted the risk of politicising town council administration and called for a "strategic review" of town councils.

As time has been set aside for Members to debate the Minister's statement, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob ruled on Wednesday that an adjournment motion on the town council review, filed by Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim, is inadmissible in Parliament for the Monday sitting.