Sylvia Lim declines to comment on PAP activists' fliers

The Workers' Party (WP) has already answered the questions about its town council's accounts in Parliament, and will continue to engage residents over the issue, said Ms Sylvia Lim, who is chairman of the party and the town council, yesterday.

She declined to comment on the latest move by People's Action Party (PAP) activists, who had given fliers to residents of Aljunied GRC questioning some of the town council's actions.

Responding to reporters' questions at her Meet-the-People Session last night, she said: "I won't be commenting on the contents of the fliers."

The two-page fliers, in English and Chinese, urge Aljunied GRC residents to ask WP MPs about the management and financial health of Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC).

The Auditor-General's Office (AGO) had found governance and compliance lapses at AHPETC and its findings were endorsed by Parliament - including the nine WP MPs - last month.

Among the findings were that the town council did not properly manage conflicts of interest in dealings with its managing agent, FM Solution & Services. The company's owners are WP supporters who also hold senior positions in the town council.

Ministers had called on WP to act against the firm, saying it had overcharged. The fliers highlight this and other AGO findings. PAP activists had gone door to door to hand the fliers to Bedok Reservoir and Paya Lebar residents, and plan to reach all 55,000 HDB units under AHPETC by this week.

Ms Lim said the WP's focus is to get AHPETC's 2013 accounts, which are late, audited and submitted to the National Development Ministry by June 30.

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