Back in 2015, the PAP was making a mountain out of a molehill, refusing to accept legitimate and honest explanations by AHPETC on the use of its funds.
Now, on hindsight, one can only commend AHPETC for standing its grounds and for doing the right thing – spending more than S$2.2m on lift maintenance after a resident had had a bad experience, even though such spending contributed to a deficit.
Please. When you see the PAP pulling out its chest hair screaming bloody murder, that’s when you should know they are trying to turn mud into gold (or gold into mud).
In light of recent incidents involving lifts in PAP-run constituencies, you have to ask if they are skimping on maintenance.
Here’s what the AHPETC did, as reported by the Straits Times:
THE Workers’ Party (WP) yesterday sought to explain how its town council went from an operating surplus to a deficit in two years.
One key reason was a lift malfunction that sparked an overhaul of lift maintenance procedures in the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC), said Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC).
This resulted in a large increase in operating expenses.[—- snip —-]
But the largest increment was in lift maintenance costs, which jumped $2.2 million in that time. This was deemed necessary as a resident who had been in a lift when it malfunctioned had a “very jarring experience”, Mr Singh said.
“We were quite concerned about safety issues involving lifts and… decided to invest a bit more money and try and ensure that our lift maintenance procedures and contracts are up to the mark and satisfaction of the MPs.”