Workers’ Party will takeover current Aljunied Town Council offices

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The Workers' Party defeated the People's Action Party team to win a GRC in this year's General Election. (Yahoo! photo/Christine Choo)
The Workers' Party defeated the People's Action Party team to win a GRC in this year's General Election. (Yahoo! photo/Christine Choo)

The Workers' Party Member of Parliament elects will be able to take over the current office leases of the Aljunied Town Council, the HDB said on Friday.

In a statement sent to the mainstream media, HDB said the three offices, each on a three-year lease, have been rented to the Aljunied Town Council and the new Aljunied GRC MPs will take on all existing agreements of the Aljunied Town Council.

The HDB met with the five elected MPs for Aljunied GRC on Tuesday at their request and discussed with them the procedures for the handover of the town council.

Following the party's victory in Aljunied GRC, WP chief Low Thia Khiang said he hoped to be able to take over the present offices instead of having to build a new town council building.

In 1991, when he was elected in the Hougang single-seat ward, he had to scramble to build a new town council building in 45 days because he was unable to take over the one used by the People's Action Party.

However, the HDB clarified on Friday that the Hougang Town Council office was located in Punggol SMC, which was subsumed by Cheng San GRC following the 1991 GE.

The HDB then gave approval for a new office to be built at Hougang Avenue 2, within the boundary of Hougang SMC.

Earlier this week, the WP said it had decided which Aljunied GRC ward each of its elected MPs will take charge of.

According to The Straits Times, Low will take charge of the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol ward, which was under Foreign Minister George Yeo.

WP chairman Sylvia Lim will take over the Serangoon ward from Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hua, while corporate lawyer Chen Show Mao will take on Cynthia Phua's Paya Lebar ward.

Postgraduate law student Pritam Singh will takeover Senior Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) Zainul Abidin Rasheed's Eunos ward while family counsellor Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap will replace the People's Action Party's first-time candidate Ong Ye Kung at Kaki Bukit.

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