Just to set the record straight on the sequence of events, Workers Party Sylvia Lim has filed an adjournment motion this afternoon to discuss “Safeguarding the Public Interest in Town Council Management” at the next Parliamentary sitting starting Jan 14.
Interestingly, PM Lee Hsien Loong announced later in the evening that he had instructed the Ministry of National Development to look into the AIM transaction to make sure public funds were safeguarded and residents interest were not compromised. The PM said the review will take a month or two.
Was it a coincidence that both announcements took place today? Or was the PM’s announcement a political move to counter the upcoming grilling session in Parliament?
It would be very convenient when grilled by WP on this matter in Parliament for the PM or MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan to reply:”We are not in a position to provide details as the AIM matter is under investigation and it will take a couple of months for the outcome to be known.”
Anyone want to bet that the outcome of the review will be”There were no irregularities in the use of public funds and residents interest were not compromised”?
But wait – the question that we all want answered is – does PAP agree that there was a major conflict of interest in using AIM, a PAP-owned company, in the deal with the 14 town councils? And if so, will it rectify the way things are done at town councils and stop politicising a public institution funded by the public?
And seriously, why do they need a couple of months to look into this when the facts seem pretty clear and the PAP is fully aware of how AIM works and how the town council works since both are under their control?
Could it be they need more time to strategise and discuss internally how to defuse this time bomb that has shaken the people’s trust in them? Perhaps they are also banking on the hope that public interest and anger over the PAP-AIM saga would have died down by the time they announce the outcome.