Sylvia Lim’s Open Letter to Aljunied Residents: Defined
Following the excessive court docket ruling final month (27 Might), Justice Quentin Loh had rejected the federal government’s utility for impartial auditors to verify on the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East City Council (AHPETC). Nonetheless, he additionally took the prospect to offer AHPETC a dressing down for managing the City Council poorly.
Sylvia Lim is trying to regain belief from the residents, starting with an open letter launched yesterday (11 June). The open letter is accessible here.
We seemed on the letter, and boiled it down to only 6 issues that Sylvia Lim needs you to know.
1. The AHPETC didn’t tender contracts to associates
One principal allegation made towards the Employees’ Social gathering was that preferential therapy got to their associates within the public tender for the administration of the City Council. Within the letter, Sylvia Lim affirms that the allegation is fake.
In keeping with Chairman of the Aljunied-Hougang City Council, public tenders for the AHPETC weren’t dropped at public solely on one event, between July 2011 – July 2012, the place there was an pressing want to determine the City Council.
AHPETC then determined to award the contract to FM Options & Companies Pte Ltd (FMSS), which consisted of staff previously from the Hougang City Council.
In subsequent years, tenders for the administration of AHPETC have been made public. However guess what?
No managing agent have been within the public tender aside from the FMSS.
2. The AHPETC didn’t overcharge the residents
The opposite allegation was the AHPETC overcharging their residents of their managing agent service charges.
Once more, Lim affirms that the allegation will not be true.
She first said that AHPETC was allowed to cost totally different charges for residential and business for 2 causes.
Firstly, the earlier administration agent of the Aljunied City Council had the identical follow.
Secondly, two different PAP City Councils (East Coast and Pasir Ris-Punggol) operated the identical means as properly.
She additional questioned the logic of the PAP of utilizing the “weighted common” managing agent service charges of all of the City Councils to check and distinction with the AHPETC’s managing agent service charges.
The managing agent service charges in all City Councils are uniquely calculated and can’t be in contrast so superficially.
She additional said that if the identical logic had utilized to some PAP City Councils, residents would discover out that they too, had been overcharged.
3. The AHPETC had adopted examples from the earlier administration
Lim talked about that the managing agent charges used within the AHPETC was tailored from the earlier managing agent underneath the PAP from 1 August 2011 – 31 July 2012.
In subsequent years, the charges of the earlier managing agent underneath the PAP was handled as a reference level for the AHPETC and the FMSS in setting their charges to be charged.
4. The AHPETC is working onerous to resolve the problems
The AHPETC had gone by way of 10 months of impartial auditor checks, the place lapses and weaknesses have been noticed.
Lim affirms that the AHPETC is working onerous to rectify their errors and they’re going to want time to totally resolve all the pieces.
They’re furiously working away and setting issues straight earlier than the approaching Basic Election.
5. The AHPETC stands alone for now
The theme of this open letter is the revelation that the AHPETC stands alone with out a managing agent.
Lim reveals that there isn’t any bids for the general public tender to handle AHPETC, and even FMSS didn’t bid at the newest public tender.
6. The AHPETC needs your help (particularly AHPETC residents) for what they’re going by way of
” On behalf of my fellow MPs and City Councillors, I wish to thanks to your concern and help. Regardless of the difficult political local weather, we’ll proceed to serve you to the perfect of our skill. ”
– Sylvia Lim
WP made errors, and PAP pounced on them
Sylvia Lim’s open letter is a uncommon alternative the place we are able to take into account the place of the Employees’ Social gathering.
The open letter hints that the AHPETC saga is closely dramatised within the Parliament by the PAP and the scenario isn’t so complicated.
Nonetheless, the Employees’ Social gathering will not be faultless both, as their incompetence is essentially to be blame for the saga.
In 2014, when the opposite PAP City Councils have been shifting in direction of a flat charge managing agent charge, the AHPETC continued deriving their charges from previous market info from 2012 — the identical info utilized by the earlier Aljuned administration led George Yeo.
Sylvia Lim additionally went to nice lengths in reflecting that the AHPETC is merely doing what the earlier administration underneath the PAP had executed, maybe subtly making an attempt to shift the blame to the earlier administration.
This displays strongly on the lack of the Employees’ Social gathering to derive new methods to deal with the administration of city councils, and needed to depend on outdated methods from the earlier administration.
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