Here’s a compilation of WP’s excuses for AHPETC:
Excuse 1: It is AGO’s fault
- “He reiterated that he was not sure why the TC did not submit the relevant financial information to MND, but he guessed it could be because the TC needed to handle the AGO audit, and therefore did not have time to organise the information to give to MND”.
(ZB report quoting Low Thia Khiang, 6 Nov 2014)
- “From May last year, the council also stopped sending its monthly S&CC arrears report to the ministry despite reminders. Asked why, he said it had “prioritised resources for the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) audit””. (ST report quoting Png Eng Huat, 7 Nov 2014)
- “The AHPETC has not been submitting its monthly S&CC arrears report after April last year, and also did not submit its FY13 financial statements and self-declared corporate governance checklist. The town council chairperson Sylvia Lim attributed these to the Auditor-General’s audit over the past few months delaying the town council’s internal audit workflow.” (ZB report quoting Sylvia Lim, 11 Nov 2014).
- AHPETC stopped submitting the monthly S&CC arrears reports from May 2013, 10 months before the AGO audit even began.
Excuse 2: It is the press’ fault
- When the mass media interviewed me on 10 November 2014 on the MND’s Town Council Management Review (TCMR) results for Financial Year 2013, I was asked about the circumstances leading to AHPETC’s non-submission of two sets of documents – the TC’s audited financial statements for FY 13 as well as the arrears reports. I had told the media that the audit for FY 13 could not reasonably commence while the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) special audit was still in progress; as for the arrears reports, I told them that the finance team had been tied up with audits by our commercial auditors for FY 12 and then by the AGO.
Unfortunately, my responses to the two matters were conflated in certain media reports. At no time did I say that focusing on the AGO audit was the sole cause of the delay in submission of the arrears data to MND. In any case, MND should have known this from my earlier correspondence.” (Sylvia Lim’s media release, 10 Dec 2014)
- Workers’ Party MPs didn’t offer Excuse 1 only once. They offered it on three separate occasions.
Excuse 3: It is MND’s fault
- “Minister Wong may have not known that the TC had explained to MND its challenge in submitting arrears data in MND’s format from mid-2013. I had explained that while the IT system being used at AHPETC could churn out arrears reports, manual counting and sorting was required to get the information into the format required by the MND.
I had also informed MND that AHPETC had requested its software developers to enhance the system to churn out the reports in the required format, but this was work in progress.
MND had been informed that AHPETC’s Finance Team and its software developers had been involved in (two consecutive) audits, first by the TC’s own auditors (commencing mid 2013) and then by the Auditor-General (commencing March 2014), and that this had led to a deferment of reporting requests, including MND’s request for arrears data in its prescribed format.
I had concurrently offered to submit to MND the arrears data the TC had as it was, but this was rejected by MND. (Sylvia Lim’s media release, 10 Dec 2014)
- The monthly S&CC arrears report template is a simple table, stating how many households owe S&CC and for how long. It has been used by all TCs — including Hougang TC since 2008 when it was managed by the Workers’ Party and the same General Manager, Ms How Weng Fan. It was also used by AHPETC itself till April 2013, when it stopped abruptly.
- Also, in addition to blaming AGO for its own tardiness in 2014, Ms Lim now also blames AHPETC’s own auditors for its own tardiness in 2013. However, AHPETC was audited by the same auditor, Foo Kon Tan Grant Thornton, in 2012. That did not prevent the TC from submitting its monthly S&CC arrears report until April 2013.
Excuse 4: It is the PAP’s fault
- “The Town Council’s financial system that could generate the arrears report that HDB wants was terminated by the PAP-owned company, Action Information Management to whom the former Aljunied Town Council sold the system to. The arrears report that could be generated was terminated with the termination by AIM.” (AHPETC General Manager, Ms How Weng Fan’s reply to HDB TC Secretariat, 3 Dec 2014 just one week before Sylvia Lim’s media statement)
- AHPETC had been able to continue submitting its monthly S&CC arrears reports for 19 months after it had stopped using the AIM Town Council Management System.
On 14 December 2012, the AHPETC stated publicly that it had “moved on to upscale and develop the Financial System which was in use at the former Hougang SMC”.
The Hougang Town Council was also able to submit its monthly S&CC arrears reports from April 2008 until it was merged with Aljunied, without the aid of AIM.
Thereafter, AHPETC itself was able to do the same from August 2011 to April 2013.
Overhead on the overheard :
- My take on this:
Non political: Lack of diligence and dedication on the part of the contractors. No commitment at all to make things work. Or a simply a team of blurr cocks. A good and responsible team would have spent days and nights to ensure that the system is in order
Political : Lack of political accument. Accidental incidental politicians. No leadership qualities. Won election through all talk and airs.
Big picture : the town council is a microcosm of a little Singapore. Can you imagine the chaos if this were the RealSingapore
- Don’t get it. Do away old system, and spent $ on new system. When new system failed, blame new system and divert attention to old system w diligent issue. When new system still not working continue w a bunch of BS and still BS. Amazing… More amazing blind turkey supporterS.
- I realized that their side really has a serious issue submitting documentation and data based on the required format…1st for the fair which they organised and now the TC arrears…seriously.
- It’s call Kay siao
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With WP, Singapore’s IT infrastructure moved from first world to third world in less than 1 term.