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Updated: 05/06/2013 23:15 | By Channel NewsAsia

WP files adjournment motion on town councils review

WP files adjournment motion on town councils review

WP files adjournment motion on town councils review

SINGAPORE: Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim has filed an adjournment motion on the town councils review.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan is expected to give a ministerial statement on the issue in Parliament next Monday.

In a report last week, a National Development Ministry team called for a strategic review of town councils.

The team had been tasked to review the sale of software in 2010 by town councils to a PAP-owned company, Action Information Management (AIM).

While it gave the all-clear to the transaction, it also said it might be timely now for a review of the role that town councils play.

According to Ms Lim, filing such a motion will allow further discussion on the matter.

She said: "It would give us time to articulate what we think are critical aspects of the review of town councils, and in particular the transactions MND was looking at as well. This would not be conveniently facilitated under the ministerial statement procedure because they just allow MPs to make clarifications, so you can't really in that sense have time to explain the background, the context of the concerns."

Ms Lim said she believes there will be keen interest among MPs on the issue: "Certainly this is a matter of public interest, and it affects all elected MPs because we are all responsible for town council management."  - CNA/xq

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