Two PAP-run Town Councils score ‘Amber’ rating for Corporate Governance in latest MND report

In a press release on Thursday (Dec 5) by the Ministry of National Development, two PAP-run town councils – the Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council (HBPTC) and Jurong-Clementi Town Council (JRTC) – scored an “amber” rating for corporate governance.

On a 3-colour band rating consisting of green, amber and red, an “amber” rating means that there is one item of non-compliance or one observation from the auditor.

HBPTC was given an “amber” rating as it had collected charges for the use of the outdoor display area at Bangkit Art Street by retailers. This was non-compliant with the Town Councils (Use of Common Property) Rules, which require such areas to be confined to use by existing businesses.

Additionally, the Town Councils Financial Rules had allowed quotations of up to S$3,000 to be verbally obtained and approved, and then circulated to the town council for information. However, JRTC had not circulated them as required by the financial rules.

While the WP-run Aljunied-Hougang Town Council had obtained a “green” rating, MND said that this was ” due in large part to the efforts of KPMG, which assisted AHTC in its remediation of past control failures and audit points over a period of 24 months.”

All Town Councils had submitted unqualified financial statements.

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17 Responses to “Two PAP-run Town Councils score ‘Amber’ rating for Corporate Governance in latest MND report”

  • Bapak:

    The Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council (HBPTC) and Jurong-Clementi Town Council (JRTC) MPs should recuse themselves from drawing their salary.

    (Note: nowadays, this word ‘RECUSE’ is very often used)

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  • Ah pek:

    Amber only mah.
    Actually it is RED but own people.

    So many govt agencies also no due diligence and still ok.

    Look around you.
    Public outsourced cintractors not performing as no one from relevant agency go around to check.
    Outsourced contractors ownself check by taking photos and send to agency?

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  • UniQ:

    Bukit Panjang after more than 20 years as an estate under PAP is poorly run from LRTs to totally off centered location of the MRT Station, overcrowded and unenforced carparks. recently constructed precincts right near residence units creating parking and noise chaos ! location of coffeeshops and hygiene left much to be desired. waste of so much $$ on banners and advert all over the estates to support grasslooters ? Much talk about NTUC foodfare hawker center is lacklustre after so much $$ has been spent, neither it is convenient nor its comprehensive to serve its purpose. I take is that no careful thoughts prior execution nor residences consulted as usual. Park connectors has become a highway for mountain bikers which is a harrowing experience every weekends for residences using the footpaths. Look at the property prices in Bukit Panjang !?!?! Its tells a great story if these people are working as they should ?? Including loosing Millions in residence blood monies during Lehmen and not even a single apologies ?? Please, I will get into jail if I miss use public funds !! What is going on ?? Are these people in Town Council and the Management Immune to the country’s Constitutions ??

    The entire estate is a failure compare to stone throw distance Choa Chu Kang. Basically, the entire town council and the mayor should be taken to task taking so much monies as salaries and yet no improvement !!

    As I have said since the last election, If these ppl are not working, it should be sacked, we sack them ourselves.

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  • RDB:

    Ever gone to see a Chinese or other race wayang with govt approval?

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  • Still Blur One:

    Not every laymen could understand clearly what is actually happening to HBPTC and JRTC. Does it mean the management staff suka suka do things as they themselves deemed fit (like ownself check ownself)? At who’s interest it is being managed? This is very chi-am leh. Can someone care to explain please. All this while, we pay to TC without questions asked (or can not ask question) even they increased our monthly SC/CC fees. With the hiring of Bangala workers to replace our local workers, our SC/CC fees did not adjust downward, but upward instead. Just don’t understand where is the logic.

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  • Mnd no shame:

    Amber nice name. It also means that monies invested in share or hedge funds disappeared from Bukit Panjang town council!

    How is it the Pappies people in the ward sleep soundly for the last 10/15;years since lehmán fall down?

    MND should take part in politics, especially the top honchos.

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  • most uselss:

    They will say its a honest mistake, sweep under carpet and move on.

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  • Sinkie:

    The Golden Judgement: He Who Holds the Gold Makes the Judgement

    Red is amber.

    Amber is green.

    Green is red!

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  • Harder Truths:

    No one believes this obviously fake and made-up assessment. I can do the same thing and so can anyone else. Everything is hidden. Like AIM and finances that WP had to take over which was used to sabotage them.

    During the Leighman collapse I n2008 all the town councils were made bankrupt – was any minister or civil servant charged for that? Of course not. The law is only there when you are the opposition.

    When you are part of the familee or work for them there is nothing you can’t get away with in $G.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    They can SCORE RED and get AWAY with it…AIM it at Aljunied and the arrow turns Bloody RED!!!

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  • buck up or ship out:

    so much of bloody nonsense these days..
    gone are the good old days of SG.

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  • wat a laugh:

    Pot calling the Kettle black.
    bully WP when their own wards arent in order.
    this is so PAP.

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  • Pioneer:

    Who compiled those reports ? Who engaged them to carry out assessments, and how are those assessors paid & how much ? Must have accountability and transparency mah. Or they just copy and paste. Paid to fix the oppositions with every opportunities.

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  • PAP Clontractors CLOSE DOWN:

    Holland Bukit Pajang town council should be given a red rating as their contractors are a real noisy nuisance. Always doing unwarranted things, creating a noisy environment.

    They should be banned.

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  • KNN Not Corruptio:

    Sure no corruption. I seeing Town Council keep setting up scaffolding and tentage. Set up, tear down. All these cost money, yet town counils are spending like no body business.
    Cannot setup a PERMANENT one cost, it affect TENTAGE GRASSROOT and Indian EMPLOYMENT. Any improvement for LOCAL. TOTALLY ZERO.!!
    F By PAP>!!

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  • Full of Nonsense:

    What nonsense score system when safety aspect can be wholly missed as in Bukit Batok death case caused by negligence of the town council.

    The score system should be discarded to the bin.

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  • Change We Must:

    Understand PAP TC charge higher SCC than WP TC??

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