The Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) has taken legal action against Workers’ Party Members of Parliament Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim, Pritam Singh and others, following a similar suit filed on behalf of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC).
In a statement on Monday (11 September), an independent panel acting on behalf of the PRPTC said it has commenced proceedings in the High Court. The defendants are the same as those implicated in a separate lawsuit filed against AHTC on 21 July, over alleged improper payments that total some $33 million.
The defendants are: Low, Lim, Singh, Chua Zhi Hon, Kenneth Foo, How Weng Fan, the administrators of the late Danny Loh and former AHTC managing agent FM Solutions and Services (FMSS).
The Workers’ Party defendants have strongly denied the allegations, with WP chief Low saying that they are “prepared to be judged” by Singaporeans.
The independent panel, comprising Philip Jeyaratnam, N Sreenivasan and Ong Pang Thye, was appointed by AHTC. The panel seeks to void the contracts with FMSS and service provider FM Solutions and Integrated Services (FMSI), as well as compensation of millions of dollars that it claims were wrongfully paid out to the two companies.
In light of the earlier lawsuit, and to discharge its duty to its residents to recover what is due, PRPTC said it has therefore commenced legal proceedings.
“The facts and circumstances which are the subject of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council’s claim overlap with the facts and circumstances which are the subject of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council’s claim,” it said.