SINGAPORE – TODAYonline reports Workers’ Party’s (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Low Thia Khiang, Pritam Singh, and Sylvia Lim are on trial to determine if they had breached their “core fiduciary duties” in their capacity as town councillors, overseeing the money and assets of constituents.
The civil suit brought by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), which is composed of WP members, alleges former WP chief Khiang and chairman Lim “deliberately embarked on a course of action” to ensure their town’s management company, FM Solutions and Services (FMSS), took on a “profit-centric role.”
This trial will determine if the three MPs are liable for a reported S$33.7 million in wrongful payments to FMSS between 2011 and 2015, as well as other losses.
Lim and Khiang argue FMSS and the town’s contractor, FM Solutions and Integrated Services (FMSI), were properly overseen and kept in check with safeguards, but the AHTC contends this response to the losses observed is “not grounded in factual [reality].”
The prosecution alleges wrongdoing began in 2011 with the appointment of FMSS as the AHTC’s management. FMSS had been incorporated in May of the same year, a little over a week after the General Election. Until FMSS took over, the town had been managed by CPG Facilities Management, which was originally contracted until 2013.
The third MP defendant, Pritam Singh, served as the chairman of the AHTC’s Tenders and Contract Committee, starting in 2012. Singh is on trial for awarding contracts to LST Architects, which if found guilty would make him liable for S$2.8 million in damages.
Additionally named in the lawsuit are AHTC councillors Chua Zhi Hon and Kenneth Foo Seck Guan. FMSS itself will also stand trial for improper payments and breach of fiduciary duties.