PAP CONCEDES ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ACCUSATION A NON-STARTER
I refer to the statement by Minister of State (MOS) for National Development Desmond Lee published in the mass media on 11th and 12th December 2014 in response to my statement of 10th December.
After accusing the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) and the Workers’ Party (WP) of not being accountable and transparent on the issue of S&CC arrears, MOS Lee now does not deny that the accusation was a non-starter.
We had pointed out that the public could expect that the PAP would be the first to hold WP to account; that the PAP government had all investigative arms at its disposal to hold WP to account for any matter under the sun, and that AHPETC was facilitating the audit of its accounts and systems by the Auditor-General’s Office and that, like all other Town Councils, its annual audited accounts would be published.
MOS Lee has now shifted his position to say that “WP is relying on the government to check them, instead of taking responsibility themselves for accounting to the public what they have done or have not done.”
We have said many times that we will account to the public in due course, and we will.
It is instructive to note the various positions taken by the PAP. When we said that we would explain to the public the S&CC arrears in due course, this was sarcastically labelled “the sound of silence”. When we explained to the public the circumstances why AHPETC was unable to submit the S&CC arrears report in the format demanded and that MND had refused to accept our S&CC arrears submission in our own data format, this was labelled as making excuses.
Seeing such responses from the government is regrettable. We will leave it to the public to make its own judgment.
ALJUNIED-HOUGANG-PUNGGOL EAST TOWN COUNCIL
12 DECEMBER 2014