Aljunied-Hougang Town Council suing ownself over governance lapses

Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), which had appointed an independent panel to help recover improper payments, has now taken several of its town councillors to court.

They include Workers’ Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang; the town council’s chairman, Mr Pritam Singh; and its vice-chairman, Ms Sylvia Lim.

AHTC is claiming $622,593.78 in liquidated claims from multiple parties, as well as $4,167,501.71 in unliquidated claims. Wow that is some BIG money here.

Essentially this means that the independent panel agrees with KPMG’s assessment that there were governance lapses at AHTC which resulted in potential improper use of the town council’s funds.

And the irony?

The independent panel was appointed by Pritam Singh to review the KPMG report.

Another interesting fact: the panel is chaired by senior counsel Philip Jeyaretnam who is the son of J. B. Jeyaretnam, former leader of the Workers’ Party.

This could well be another Korean drama blowing up in Singapore’s politics after the Family Lee saga.

IF Low Thia Khiang has to step down over this saga, who would be his successor? Could it be Chen Show Mao? He has challenged Low for the Secretary-General position in the Workers’ Party’s Central Executive Council election in 2016.

Poor Low Thia Khiang who has been let down by those he trusted to run the town council.

The lesson? Better make sure those you trust are also able to get the job done well.