Section 52 of the Town Council Act could protect the Workers Party’s councilors?

The only claims against Pritam Singh, Kenneth Foo and Chua Zhi Hon are in respect of the appointment of LST Architects without due tender. This was said to be a breach of the duties of care and skill (qua fiduciary) and/or duty of care and skill in tort.

I saw no allegation of bad faith against them in the SoC. Why wouldn’t Section 52 of the Town Councils Act be a complete defence?

Section 52 reads:

“Protection from personal liability

52. No suit or other legal proceedings shall lie personally against any member, officer or employee of a Town Council or other person acting under the direction of a Town Council for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in the execution or purported execution of this Act or any other Act.”

 

* Facebook post by Lian Chuan Yeoh.

 

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19 Responses to “Section 52 of the Town Council Act could protect the Workers Party’s councilors?”

  • In all honesty, there is no deception, criminal intent, fraud nor embezzlement on the part of WP or its members. The suit is careless and frivolous. Worse things have happened in the PAP camp from poor decisions (giving contracts to company that has poor safety records, bad investment decisions by their town councils, lack of transparency, insufficient financial reporting etc), see AG reports. Will this matter regarding AHTC be handled in the same manner if this were a PAP ward?

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  • Joe Wong:

    All the international media will probably come down to see how things operate in Singapore.

    This will also be a good insight into how things operate in Singapore for those foreigners desperately wanting to come here and take up citizenship.

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  • MarBowling:

    Great disclosure by Mr Lian Chuan Yeoh!

    Alas, the accused AHTC Councillors are covered under the Town Council Act. They were under tremendous time and logistic pressure to get things moving and going when they won Aljunied GRC from the PAPigs in GE2011! They have to start everything from ZERO base when the Fiacking Dirty PAPigs took away their AIM computer-billing system which contained thousands and thousands of Financial and logistic records of ALL THE RESIDENTS of the Aljunied GRC! As someone with sense has mentioned that had HDB which has the expertise and SHOULD continue to manage all the financial and logistic records of ALL THE RESIDENTS UNDER THEIR CARE, AND NOT PUT UNDER THE SOLE CARE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MP/MPs(their CONCERNS should be on the social and financial PROBLEMS faced by the POOR and ELDERLY FOLKS and underprivileged younsters)so that problems of financial and logistic lapses wouldn’t have happened! Like this famous quote from ex-DPM Wong Cunt Sing father of current Secret Minister and Minister of MND, LJ Wong “It shouldn’t have happened, But it has”

    Think it’s the RIGHT and LOGICAL thing and move to bring this LOONG-WINDED PAPigs/MND alleged so-called financial and logistic “ABUSE OF POWER oops ABUSE OF RESIDENTS FUNDS” to be brought up to the Hide Court to be settled once and for all. We all True Blue Singaporean DO NOT WANT this damn topic to crop up AGAIN and AGAIN, esp closer to any GE! Residents of Aljunied GRC have to say Many Thanks to THAT person(s) who initiated these “ownself sue ownself” and “ownself appoint panel to sue ownself with Ownself money” strategy. Although huge amount of legal fees have to be spent and foot by the WP MPs, think it’s MONEY WELL-SPENT! Not like some MF Dishourable Bugger who has made use of his Ownself Owned Ownself Parliament FOC and have to be foot by all taxpayers (not a single cent is spent from his mother all deep pockets)to CLEAR the alleged “ABUSE OF POWER” by him using state organs by his own siblings!

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  • Ah Fah:

    There is no doubt about their intention – to serve their people. They are in court for their carelessness.

    Those with bad intention of making money tread on rules carefully and make millions.

    WP make a mistake from the start. When things could not be done, because of sabotages, they should have told voters the problem they faced. It is stupid to think that people can see and judge. No. MSM and PAP tell their revised story in a much louder voice.

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  • oxygen:

    THE SUIT IS SO RIDICULOUS in its lack of merit to the extent that it presumes and deny the doctrine of UNJUST ENRICHMENT refutation – it claimed that $33 million paid to the provider of town council service is void (therefore returnable).

    Which PAPpy ate in restaurants and refused to pay for claims of unsatisfied consumption of food? Which PAP, instead of screwing their own grasslooters, patronize chicken farms regularly and refused to pay for claims of ‘INSUFFICIENT SATISFACTION’ of services rendered AFTER THE FACT AND ACT of debauchery?

    Or has all these been going on of unjust enrichment by PAPpys as of their presumed rights and regular occurrences actually happening frequently as a habit of lawless behavior?

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  • WTF:

    This dishonorable son is a petty spoilt brat who will seek vengeance even over trivial matters.

    This is evident when in one of his previous election rallies he let out that he would have to spend more time fixing his oppositions shld they get into parliament.

    A small man like him is unfit to run this country.

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  • N.Jungne:

    I voted for Member of Parliament, not an Estate Manager, where’s AIM or misAIM went under the carpet. Dirty-Egg Oxsilly Loot, quarrel must defend himself with the Pariahmen and women.

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  • toa pow minister of transport.:

    Hello, what happen to the general manager of Ang Mo kio town council? How come not charged in court? Please don’t play dirty to WP. We know very well the gahmen is borrowing somebody knife to kill WP and let WP to die slowly on the road. Very cruel of you esp. the toa pow cow.

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  • toa pow minister of transport.:

    How about the town council that lost Millions of $$$$$ in lehman brother? How come not charged? Another dirty trick played be the gahmen.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    toa pow minister of transport.:
    How about the town council that lost Millions of $$$$$ in lehman brother? How come not charged? Another dirty trick played be the gahmen.

    “You win some you lose some” quoting the Pondan PM about his Man-inThe-House wife losing billions @ Temesak!!!

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  • sad day:

    If a leader has no humility and forgiveness ingrained in him and only knows and goes about ‘fixing’ people, even a teenager, then we all know Singapore is ‘kaput’!!

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  • WHO is a malay?:

    Why wouldn’t Section 52 of the Town Councils Act be a complete defence?

    s52 is written by pap for ownself defence only.

    ownself check ownself. therefore ownself defend ownself.

    WP being non pap by default s52 does not apply to WP.

    which explains why india is malay. which explains why a woman even though a muslim does not follow papa race but follow mama race.

    in pap racist Singapore, we Chinese declare we are very happy and speak with loud voice our Chinese race is superior because we don’t anyhow change race for the expediency of contesting an erection.

    we Chinese respect our race respect our ancestry and this FACT explains why we Chinese thrive in pap racist Singapore. we Chinese even have our very own SAP schools specillay funded over and beyond those for malay or is it india?

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  • New Egg Yoke:

    By now, ALL must accept that ALL Sinkie “laws” are only meant for DISPLAY, not APPLIED.
    Wake up Dafts!!!

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  • QT Pao:

    MPs should be elected to look at national issues and not to be estate managers. All the functions of Town Councils should revert back to HDB, which has the expertise in estate management. Because of economy of scale, there will be a lot of savings if the HDB is to run them. The savings are in many areas. Some of them are as follows:

    1. Manpower – The number of staff to be employed by HDB will be much smaller than the total number employed by all the Town Councils.

    2. Accounts – The amount of money spent on keeping and auditing the accounts of all the Town Councils will be much less than the amount to be spent by HDB, as only 1 set of accounts will be kept by HDB and an audit need to be done only on this set of accounts. There will be substantial savings on keeping of accounts and audit fees.

    3. Tenders for contracts – HDB will enjoy the economy of scale when they call for tenders for various works and services. There will also be no disruption to the computer system as HDB will still be maintaining the system regardless which party is in charge of the constituency.

    4. Transfer of accounts after each election – Presently, after each election, changes will have to be made to the accounts and computer system as some residents are no longer in the same constituency. If HDB is doing the estate management job, there is no adjustment to be made.

    It is therefore quite obvious that there will be substantial saving if the estate management job is done by HDB. This cost saving can then be passed to HDB residents in the form of lower conservancy charges. The argument that the Town Council can respond faster to the residents’ request is not a sound one. I am sure with the help of technology HDB can be just as fast, if not even faster.

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  • opposition dude:

    WP should be more than smart enough to have the know how to deal with this PAP chao wayang.

    After all the negative reports over their town council they still managed to survive. This should be a piece of cake to them.

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  • Neo:

    Mjolnir is no match for the Lightning Bolt. Hammer shatter upon impact from lightning.

    Grade different in weapons is just too great.

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  • LIONS:

    THE CONCEPT OF town council is crappy in a small country like SG.

    THERE IS NO ECONOMY OF SCALE TO REAP N BENEFIT THE CITIZENS/TAXPAYERS.
    INSTEAD,THERE IS ALL-ROUND INEFFICIENCY,OBVIOUS IN PAP WARDS TOO.
    see those RATS running about in PM LEE’S AMK WARD???

    ROADS ARE NOT AS CLEAN AS BEFORE EVEN WITH MORE TECHNOLOGY?

    REGROUP TC WORK AND HAND THEM BACK TO THE IDLING GOVT AGENCIES respectively.

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  • Maybe...:

    Section 52 of Town Council Act is not applicable to Workers’ Party MPs?

    Uniquely Leegapore!

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  • common sense:

    It is very obvious a political persecution of oppositions by the PAP using thrid parties to run down the WP.
    PAP cannot find anything more to discredit the WP, so they will try to find third party to sabotage the WP and those good works they have done in the town council.
    NEVER believe the PAP CONTROL MEDIA PROPAGANDAS…….IT IS HALF TRUTHS, AND TWISTED FACTS.
    INSTEAD OF CHECKING THE ABUSES OF GAG AGENCIES WHERE HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE UNCCOUNTED FOR, WHERE A SIMPLE DUSTBIN CENTRE COUNSULTANCY FEES FOR $800,000…AND MANY PAP SUBSIDIARIES just checked 4% by AGO found many major discrepancies in accounts.
    Any many twisted justifications to increase levies, increase water tax by 30%,etc,etc
    PAP dont go after there own people who have done wrong.Take for example AIM…
    No way PAP can deny this, absolute corrupt as the poverb said.
    No one will believe the PAP propagandas anymore, and their twisted facts…daily sputting out of the mass media.

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