Two days after the High Court rejected the Ministry of National Development (MND)’s court application for independent accountants, the MND has decided to lodge an appeal.
MND’s statement is as follows:
“The High Court has made serious findings against the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC).
The Judge found that AHPETC had breached and continues to be in breach of its duties and obligations in law, and that there are critical questions about the state of its finances. The Government cannot disburse public funds to AHPETC in the current circumstances, given the very serious findings by the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) and the High Court.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has advised the Ministry of National Development (MND) that an appeal should be filed, for the appointment of Independent Accountants (IAs). The appointment of IAs will allow the Government to immediately disburse grants to AHPETC, in the interest of residents, while ensuring that these public funds are adequately safeguarded.
The IAs will also be able to examine past payments made by AHPETC. They will be able to take steps to recover monies lost from financial mismanagement and questionable payments.”
In response to MND’s move, AHPETC chairperson Sylvia Lim said the town council is consulting its lawyers and will resist the appeal.