AIM – that shell company with no employees except for 3 ex-PAP MP Directors

AIM, AIM, AIM – that shell company with no employees except for 3 ex-PAP MP directors. The ongoing court case reminded me of the explosion of the AIM issue onto the national scene, the investigation by MND which concluded no wrong doings by the PAP town councils to sell away a complex software paid for by the TCs to a $2 shell company, and the debate in parliament following Minister Khaw’s statement on this in 2013.

I was not involved in town council’s management as NCMP and the key players in the town council management had a marathon session with the Minister. I could not resist popping some clarifications at the end of the session from an IT perspective, having been trained and practicing in the IT field for years. I simply could not believe that the Minister could say that a system to manage fairly large operations in a customised environment could be just purchased by an opposition led Town Council in a matter of a month through piecing various ready solutions together.

That is effectively the timeline AIM can give to any town councils it did not like to yank the system away. Where to buy – from Sim Lim Square? Why then did PAP TCs pay millions to build their systems and implement it over a fairly long period of time? Just buy an off-the-shelf solution should also work for PAP TCs, if it was so easy. And how can any opposition-led TC continue to use AIM knowing that the PAP owned company can, on its choosing and without needing to state any reason, terminate the system with a month’s notice. No one in the IT field can accept this sort of terms for a mission-critical system.

The good news though, is that through the trials and tribulations of having to side step banana skins in managing TCs of a GRC scale, there is now a robust IT system which my TC-colleagues have worked tirelessly with an independent vendor to build that can now be used by town councils in opposition led wards if they so wish to.

In the first place though, in a supposedly smart nation that constantly preaches efficiency and productivity, this should have been a system owned by HDB and which any TC can subscribe to for usage on cost-recovery basis to HDB. Why force new TCs to have to re-invent the wheel and this is no simple wheel to invent.

I am sure you will hear more about AIM again as the case continues. It all began with an AIM.

Extract from parliament debate on town councils (AIM issue), 13 May 2013:

Mr Yee Jenn Jong: I have two questions for the Minister. One, the Minister said that the tender period was opened for three weeks and that the tenderers could seek clarifications. It was reported in The New Paper that one of the tenderers said that, “After paying more than $200, we simply got a thin stack of documents and the Town Councils were unable to provide us with more information.” So did MND interview the other four companies when they were doing the review?

The other clarification I have is that the Minister said that AIM is not an ordinary $2 paid-up capital company and it has helped to develop the TCMS systems previously. Now, this does not gel with my own personal information.

From 2000 to 2003, I happened to work with Horizon and I am pretty aware that they have a town management technology company that claimed that in November 1994, it built the town management systems entirely for the 19 PAP Town Councils.

So I would like to seek the Minister’s clarification on this part of the Report which says that AIM had built the systems. What manpower did AIM have at that point in time? What was AIM’s role in the first generation system?

And, finally, just to make a point. As a person who has been in the IT industry for the last 20 years, I find the Minister’s suggestions that we can just buy an off-the-shelf solution for the Town Councils’ operations to be impossible.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan: On the point about off-the-shelf software, we have noted his comment. But my key point is that AIM did not ask to terminate, so the one-month clause was built in, it is their legal right to do so; they never intended to do so; they were prepared to extend but they were not asked, no request and, therefore, nothing happened.

On the Horizon history, honestly, I am not familiar. We are just focused on this 2010 transaction and related issues. The past, I was not involved myself, so I cannot add value to this particular comment.

What was the first point? I cannot remember now.

Mr Yee Jenn Jong: The first point was the Minister mentioned that the tenderers had three weeks to seek clarifications —

Mr Khaw Boon Wan: Okay. I thought that was already mentioned in my reply.

Mdm Speaker: Pursuant to Standing Order 44(2), the motion to consider the Ministerial Statement on Town Councils lapses at the conclusion of debate.

 

Yee Jenn Jong

 

 

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26 Responses to “AIM – that shell company with no employees except for 3 ex-PAP MP Directors”

  • Time for Change:

    This is truly serious matter, please don’t belittle it.

    Left with the People, that is us, to use our votes wisely to tell the garment, that, those are not the way we want them to behave, to work with oppositions regardless they are all Singpaoreans and to balance up the power so that we all can move forward properly and to have all the past wrong transactions unbiasedly audited and reported to the People.

    Why? I can see that with the current unbalance of Power, the wrongs are swept into the carpet to become leegarly right. This is unacceptable. I can no longer trust them. We are worried on the MiloIndianCumMalay $$$$$$$$$$Supereme Reserves.

    With all the hikes coming up despite so much surpluses, I don’t need to doubt that something is seriously wrong. Time for CHANGE, don’t even need to doubt about it.

    BLOODY UGLY:
    How on earth a system costing $23.8 Million of tax payers money be sold to PAP for only $140,000.00. That is a whopping 170 times of Profits for a system that is very Profitable and well in demand by the TCs. That is outright mishandling of tax payers money.

    As I am aware, there are requirements for public tender to be issued and complied, example time allocated and wide spread of publication of the tender to the public in the media. The criteria for a valid tender exercise is Minimum of 3 tenderer normally. If I can remember correctly, this requirement was enacted by one of the body.

    This is grievously serious and cannot be taken lightly. Because if unchecked, all the public properties can be transferred to the private entity. Imagine as an example, if one day PayPay lost and no power supply to singapore??? We will be held ransom.

    Unfortunately, even the CPIB, Police, Army and Judy are all under PAP now.

    I speculate that this is going to be BLOODY UGLY.! Worse than Malaysia, more heartless than the case of the blasted Mongolian woman. A Beast.

    We are helpless.

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  • Msia liar in clown pap, WTF:

    Mr Khaw Boon Wan: On the point about off-the-shelf software, …

    1st, this Msian elak NSF NSR. pursuant to clown pap standard operating procedure, such should be classed as fugitive, sama sama as Mr Kevin Kwan Mr Tan WP, and such other honourable Singaporean sons.

    2nd, this Msia sure is a ffff head. anyone with a brain knows. major software cannot off the shelf. so for S$m paid clown pap Lj to even suggest so is a serious proof of lack of talent in clown pap.

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  • Bapak:

    Cannot imagine our highest office officials can set up shell company with no employee, no receptionist, no service render and can charge TCs for fees.

    Btw, did they declare tax or is a very special $2/- tax free company? Did they also charge TCs GST?
    Did they submit yearly Financial Account?
    Who is the auditor?
    Why AGC so quite on this AIM?

    Singaporeans have been had by PAP.

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  • opposition dude:

    It wouldn’t matter if HDB was in charge of the town council software, they would just tell the same shit as AIM did and give a month’s notice too.

    “The good news though, is that through the trials and tribulations of having to side step banana skins in managing TCs of a GRC scale, there is now a robust IT system which my TC-colleagues have worked tirelessly with an independent vendor to build that can now be used by town councils in opposition led wards if they so wish to.”

    This is good news and it shows just how resilient WP has been. PAP would dearly love to report on how WP had failed Aljunied if a replacement system was not in place. If WP is truly sincere in sharing this software with the other opposition parties we might not have long to wait to see it.

    Well done WP, you came through your baptism by fire. I’m confident that this court case will also be done and dusted in due time since you know who has loads of holes they can’t cover anyway.

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  • oxygen:

    PAPpys FAILED WHOLESALE on AIMs. Where is this ghost now?

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Should LKY Fart in Parliament within smelling distance of the Cow he will definitely say: “Sir, your perfumes smell Terrific, what may I know is the Brand” and LKY will reply: ” is that so??? then you should come closer and smell my breadth too ”

    That is how the Cow manage to stay in Parliament and in the cabinet too

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  • LIONS:

    no point agruing with unreasonable PAPple.
    they think they have the upper hand and indeed they have.
    WP just need to wise up and join forces with the other oppo for a stronger position and voice.

    else,its going to be status quo.
    however,dont delay or you face dangerous ‘END’!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Another compelling reason for REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Change We Must:

    Yes, the piece of software is not so simple as you can buy it from Sim Lim. PAP TCs are playing monkey business by giving business to a shell company and abusing the public money from PAP wards residents. PAP wards residents should question the PAP of their money paid to their TC.
    I share with YJJ that HDB should own the software to avoid all the politics. You all can play all the politics you want but not at the expense of all of us. It is our money that pay for the software anyway.

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  • Bapak:

    This AIMgate will be the ghost who comes back to hound them. Just like Nixon’s downfall with his Watergate.

    The day PAP falls you will know their true meaning of WITH YOU, FOR YOU & FOR SINGAPORE.

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  • Summon AIM bosses to Court...:

    They have plenty to answer to Singaporeans.

    Can someone dig up the profiles of the 3 bosses of AIM, their history, biz and accumulated wealth, IRAS returns, etc ?

    Let’s join hands and ‘expose’ them!

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  • Someone Once Said....:

    Town Council Management System is like any financial tools and can be easily bought off the shelf!

    Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill!

    Now the ‘molehill’ has become ‘the centre of attention’ and a talking point!

    It may even result in a New Gahment for Singapore after tge next GE!

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  • Perspective:

    AIMgate raises some serious questions and concerns:

    1. If the TC management software was paid for with public funds, was it right for the TC to have sold it off to another party? Anything that is purchased with public funds should be public property.
    2. Is a $2 ghost company with no employee a legit company to be awarded such a responsible contract for TC software management? Where is AIM today and who owns the software now?
    3. Selling off the software to a shell company and contracting its services in return for a hefty sum would seem to benefit the directors more than it does the residents who will have to eventually bear the cost of services rendered,leading to higher and higher conservancy fees.
    4. It leaves the public to wonder if there are more shell companies that the white elites have set up here or abroad that have not been uncovered? This will further erode public trust.

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  • N.Jungne:

    I remembered when his father died and lying in-state, someone asked him (L$L), where did he went, he answered “meditation”. Sleep lah, like real how does he know how to meditate, for peace of mind or for $$$$$.

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  • True facts:

    Time for change.

    VTO them.

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  • UniQ:

    Bottom line, the software is paid my the residence resides in the respective constituents, thus so call ‘public’ asset. How on earth can a public asset be ‘owned’ by a private company that could remove from its suppose function, disregarding the primary functionality of what this asset is meant to perform ?

    Neither the TC, the regime nor the private contracted company owns this software. Its owned by the people. The TCs and regime are just merely custodians. Why would these people in these TCs (which is paid by the people) put incharge of the system in faith behave in such irresponsible ways of disregarding the sacred duties that they have been paid to do to look after the residence ?

    A case of regime over the people even in or TCs ?

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  • Leech:

    Mr Yee, it must be very frustrating playing the piano to a cow.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    N.Jungne:
    I remembered when his father died and lying in-state, someone asked him (L$L), where did he went, he answered “meditation”. Sleep lah, like real how does he know how to meditate, for peace of mind or for $$$$$.

    Bro, imagine the IDIOT meditating next to the coffin in Parliament with the LIGHTINGS showing his stoopid posture for all the world to see

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  • rukidding:

    Even a little kid could tell that the $2 company and the “exchange” of $Hundred thousands of dollars to mere $thousands “smells fishy” indeed……and yet “those Pimps and prostitutes, P.a.p. ” can claim “no wrongs” was done ??????

    Too “smart” for the dafts to notice…or the dafts were ball less ????

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  • MarBowling:

    It’s karma. AIM at WP. Boomerang and hit own Ars*hole!

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  • Not the Full Picture:

    The Prosecution’s line on PAP’s behalf is not credible. It is simply full of holes, and entirely unbelievable. The longer they stretch out this ridiculous prosecution, the worse they are going to look.

    There is a limit to the cost effectiveness and efficiency WP could have achieved. That, any fair minded person would concede.

    They can attack WP for poor management and incompetence in some areas. But persisting with the current line, pushing it to the limit, and if they even try to recover the funds from the WP MPs, that would be a big mistake.

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  • Perspective:

    Would it not be accurate to say that AIM was set up to transfer the control of the management software out of the hands of the TCs into the hands of 3 ex-MPs from the white camp and to ensure that Opposition TC will not have access to it? This was proven soon after WP was re-elected and AIM decided to terminate its contract with AHTC. The modus operandi is similar to the other management companies contracted to service PAP TCs – to cut off vital and essential services to residents of Opposition wards and make trouble for them.

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  • Bobo:

    在白里却伸手不见五指?太神奇了!黑的也能染到白白的。骯脏的也能抹到一尘不染。真佩服。

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  • Why AGO ok with PAP TCnAIM?:

    Fellows netizens, do u not find it odd that PAPTC sold the software they developed at the cost of millions to the TC constituents at only $140k becos it is outdated n not usable for them, PAPTCs. There seems to be a tender but then an established IT co mysteriously withdrew leaving only PAPTC with its low bid. But what is more legally surprising is that a second tender was not called n the software was directly sold to the $2 capital company with no employee but manned by two retired PAP MPs. What is more mysterious is that the PAPTCs rented back the software they r in a hurry to dispose with evidenced by its not having enough time to call a second round of tender? The rental cost was surprising sufficiently high for an outdated n not useable software to allow AIM to recovered its tender price in less than a year.

    Why did PAPTC did this? What did the mgmt have in mind esp with another PAP entity. PAPTCs manages the monies of the constituents while the $2 AIM is PAP private Co dealing with PAP monies. Are they not having conflict of interests? Or yea, Indiani’s brilliant PAP Legal interpretation of Conflict of interests re the appt of his personal lawyer to be AG of AGC which is constitutionally guaranteed of its independence from interference by anyone including MPs, ministers n President. NONPAPPLP Legal minds argued the appt is improper because of the private intimate relationship of the appointee with PM which as usual ignored except for Indiani whorationalise that the appointee is a successful lawyer n therefore the conflict of interest is a non issue! Many Singaporeans can only ha ha with the unchallenged words of LHY/LWL ringing loud n clear doubling so with the self exile of LHY n his family to HK with the son in Havard with a repatriation AGC order but lambei so far perhaps Trump bohue the nepotic dwarf. On indiani’s rationale, PAPAIM did not seem to fit the bill as it has only $2 capital with no employee only two retired papplps understably with zero IT knowledge? Then why PAPTCs mgemt did such a deal so unfavourable financially to the PAP consituents more serious it seems than WPTC presently got called up by AG of AGO? Why? Fellows Singaporeans should be that daft not to think that AG of AGO owes an explanation to PAP HDB constituents whose TC funds r involved n to the general citizenry in the real meaning of justice? PAPTC also needs to explain n justify their decision to deal with their party company AIM? Could netizens inference that SIN justice has dual interpretations, one for the adversaries or enemies by the nepotic decree of nepotic Chieftain I n the other for supporters aka plps? Fake news bydefinition as some well read SIN political observers n critics. What ya think SIN netizens?

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  • old man:

    maybe we should print t-shirts with AIM to wear when we attend pinky’s speech at UOB again. Show him our displeasure of asking MND like clearing his name in the house on oxley.

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  • old man:

    why did AIM deregistered in 2015?

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