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Old 28-07-2017, 01:23 PM   #11
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Workers’ Party MPs to contest AHTC lawsuit, reject allegations
PUBLISHED: 1:07 PM, JULY 26, 2017UPDATED: 7:46 PM, JULY 26, 2017


SINGAPORE – Rejecting allegations that they have acted in breach of their fiduciary duties, three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) said on Wednesday (July 26) they will contest the lawsuit brought against them by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC).

In a public statement, WP chief Low Thia Khiang, town council chairman Pritam Singh and vice-chairman Sylvia Lim said they have “acted in good faith and in the best interests of the Town Council and our residents”.

Confirming that they received the individual statements of claim filed by AHTC, the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency MPs said they have engaged law firm Tan Rajah and Cheah to defend them.

They also categorically rejected "all" allegations cited in the lawsuit. The WP MPs' statement listed out three specific allegations, which they rejected:

That they acted in breach of their fiduciary duties and duties of care and skill owed to ATHC.

That they had set up a faulty system that allowed the appointment of the town council's former managing agent firm, FM Solutions & Services (FMSS), and made it possible for FMSS and/or officers to benefit themselves.

That they entered into contracts with architects in breach of duties owed to AHTC.

On being asked to give an account of profits made from the appointment of FMSS or pay damages not less than S$1.25 million, Mr Low and Ms Lim responded that they have “not benefitted a single cent”.

In the lawsuit, Ms Lim and Mr Singh have also been asked to pay damages of S$2.8 million for the wrongful appointment of architects.

The three WP MPs said they will be furnishing more information during the course of legal proceedings so that “all concerned will be clearer on the issues and why we made the decisions and acted as we did”.

The suit was filed by an independent panel, chaired by Senior Counsel Philip Jeyaretnam, which was appointed in February to recommend the recovery actions the AHTC needs to take over the large sums of improper payments that it had made from its funds. The payments were flagged by the town council’s auditor KPMG in October last year.

The other members of the panel are Senior Counsel N Sreenivasan and Mr Ong Pang Thye, the managing partner of KPMG.

In a statement, the Housing Development Board (HDB) said it had been notified by the panel that a claim was filed with the High Court, adding: "A copy of the statement of claim has been extended to HDB pursuant to the (panel's) terms of appointment.

HDB added that it was studying the details of the suit, and that it had asked the Attorney-General's Chambers to "advise on the matter". It did not elaborate.

In its statement, HDB also identified Ms How Weng Fan, a shareholder of FMSS and AHTC’s former deputy secretary and general manager, as one of the defendants, alongside the three WP MPs.

"The (panel) is asking for the court to rescind the contracts with FMSS/FMSI, which have a total value in excess of S$33 million," HDB added. "The (panel) is seeking compensation of monies wrongfully paid out to FMSS/ FMSI which is to be taken as the entire sum of over $33 million, subject to Ms Sylvia Lim, Mr Low Thia Khiang, FMSS/FMSI or How Weng Fan showing which payments were lawful."

In a report released last October, independent auditors from KPMG found that flawed governance in AHTC led to “improper payments” running into the millions to various parties such as FMSS and service provider FM Solutions and Integrated Services (FMSI).

The panel will consider what recovery actions should be taken with respect to the report’s findings. Under its terms of reference, the panel is to “act in the best interests of AHTC” and “remain independent and impartial at all times”. While it is entitled to seek and consider the views of AHTC or the Housing and Development Board, it should not take any direction from them or other stakeholders.

The improper payments uncovered by KPMG include overpayments for project management fees, overpayments to FMSS for purported overtime and CPF contributions payments to FMSS without certification that work had been performed, as well as payments made without the requisite co-signature of members of the town council.

These amounted to about S$1.5 million, of which at least S$600,000 ought to be recovered by the town council, said KPMG. The report also said the tendering out of the contracts to FMSS and FMSI was “deficient in numerous respects”, particularly in terms of cost.

In its October report, KPMG said it was beyond its mandate to conclude whether any offence had been committed, but noted: “We are advised that, had the shortcomings (identified in) this report been committed deliberately, they could amount to criminal conduct, the implications of which the town council should consider.”

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Old 28-07-2017, 02:03 PM   #12
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The Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General are reputed to be very good in this kind of lawsuits
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Old 29-07-2017, 01:37 AM   #13
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The Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General are reputed to be very good in this kind of lawsuits
KPMG cited conflicts of interest and possible crimmnal case because of FMSS mgmt also in town council mgmt.

How about AG n DAG being ex personal lawyer of PM and DAG also ex PAP mp ?
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Wonder if this is true that WP appealing for $$$ support to the tune of $33million

https://ingoodfaith.blog/2018/10/24/appeal-for-support
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Old 25-10-2018, 08:34 PM   #15
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Wonder if this is true that WP appealing for $$$ support to the tune of $33million

https://ingoodfaith.blog/2018/10/24/appeal-for-support

is true .... legit case
i have done my part .....
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Old 25-10-2018, 11:43 PM   #16
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If these 3 WP big guns are booted out of parliament, jialat liao.
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Old 26-10-2018, 12:09 AM   #17
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is true .... legit case
i have done my part .....
Hundreds of Singaporeans pledge to donate their SG Bonus to WP MPs to help with AHTC trial costs

CONTRIBUTIONS AS OF 25 OCT 2018, 10PM
TOTAL AMOUNT: $477,653
TOTAL NUMBER: 2,832

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Old 27-10-2018, 02:57 PM   #18
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Have received over $ 1 million in donation.
They have stopped the appeal for donation for now.
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Old 27-10-2018, 11:26 PM   #19
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Have received over $ 1 million in donation.
They have stopped the appeal for donation for now.
Think they need more donations.......
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