AHTC votes not to recuse Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim from financial matters

Former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang (top left), WP chairperson Sylvia Lim (top right) and WP chief Pritam Singh in Parliament on 5 November, 2019. (SCREENCAP: govsingapore/YouTube)

SINGAPORE — The Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) has voted not to recuse Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang from all matters relating to, and oversight over, financial matters of AHTC.

In a statement on the AHTC website on Saturday evening (30 November), AHTC chairman Faisal Manap said the council voted 17 to 1 against the recusal in a secret vote at its recent quarterly meeting. Both Lim and Low were absent from the meeting.

Faisal is also an opposition Member of Parliament for Aljunied.

On 5 November, Parliament passed a motion calling on AHTC to recuse Lim and Low - an AHTC vice-chair and member respectively - from the council’s financial matters. The motion came after Lim, Low and Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh were found to be liable for damages suffered by AHTC, which is said to have made millions in improper payments under their watch.

High Court judge Kannan Ramesh said that Lim and Low had breached their fiduciary duties, while Pritam had breached his duties of skill and care in the hiring of the town council’s managing agent FM Solutions & Services (FMSS).

In response, WP chairperson Lim called the parliamentary motion, which was moved by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, ‘premature’ as WP is appealing the High Court judgement on AHTC.

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