The Prime Minister's call for investigation is the latest in a string of confusing statements and numbers about a town council and a computer management system -- we break it down and make it simple so you don't have to.
Key issues that need answers
1) The trend of political parties owning companies has been a touchy one of late. Few academic papers have talked about it and media coverage is little. Online users are demanding PAP come clean and state how heavily it is involved in AIM's day-to-day decisions.
2) Singapore's political blogosphere has been questioning AIM's capability to run a public service for 14 town councils with a $2 start-up capital and fewer than 10 staff, despite its 21-year history. With little information about AIM, the answer is more difficult to find out.
3) Some bloggers have called out the Workers' Party for failing to find out more about AIM's ability to stop a contract once town council managements change. Blogger Alex Au alludes to the party knowing more than it is saying, as meeting minutes and financial records may have been kept before Workers' Party took over Aljunied.
4) A hot topic amongst bloggers and social media users is whether public funds are being protected by leaving a computer management system to a private, third party company.
5) Calls have been amplified for the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau to do a full investigation into AIM. During the 60th anniversary of the bureau last September, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, "Anyone who breaks the rules will be caught and punished. No cover-ups will be allowed, no matter how senior the officer or how embarrassing it may be. It's far better to suffer the embarrassment and keep the system clean for the long term than to pretend that nothing has gone wrong and let the rot spread."
With more voices coming into the fray such as sociopolitical blogger Bertha Henson, more jousting is expected from the saga. All eyes are now on the investigation by the Ministry of National Development; what happens after that remains to be seen..
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