The Straits Times
Published on Dec 14, 2012

Most town councils fare well in governance checks


THE majority of town councils scored well in corporate governance, according to the fourth and latest town council management report released today.

Only three out of 15 town councils did not receive the top green score in a new colour-coded scoring system announced by the Ministry of National Development in April. Red represents the lowest grade, while amber is a medium score.

They were Jurong and Tampines, which both received an amber grade, and Workers' Party controlled Aljunied-Hougang, whose score is pending as they have yet to submit a report from their auditors.

The corporate governance indicator is new, intended to ensure that town councils comply with the Town Councils Act and Financial Rules. For instance, that tenders are announced and awarded fairly.