Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council taking PA to task over a festive fair in Kovan

Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) is taking the People’s Association (PA) to task over a Chinese New Year fair set up beside Heartland Mall in the Workers’ Party-held Aljunied GRC.

The PA was issued with three different notices of offence on Jan 9 by the WP-run town council for infringing onto common property. This was two days after the fair, organised by the Kovan Merchants’ Association, was held at the public site leased by the PA.

The notices did not indicate any other details of how the offences were committed, but said that “a notice of composition or a summons to attend Court will be served on you in due course”. Kovan Merchants’ Association secretary Poon Cher Hock, 55, told The Straits Times on Tuesday that an AHPETC officer told the association that they may issue a summon of $1,000 a day for the offence, “backdated to Dec 31 when the tentage was put up.”

The WP and AHPETC did not respond to media queries as of Wednesday morning. But Mr Lee Bak Lee, 69, vice-chairman of Citizen Consultative Committee of Paya Lebar Division, felt that the town council was “nitpicking” with the merchants who had set up the fair.

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