Workers' Party town councillors face legal actions over past payments

The writ of summons was filed on July 21 in the High Court over a breach of fiduciary duties.

Chan Cheow Pong | July 26, 2017, 03:22 AM

Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) chairman, Pritam Singh and vice-chairman, Sylvia Lim, and Workers' Party (WP) Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang who is a town councillor, are being taken to court by AHTC in a suit initiated by the independent panel that had been appointed to help recover improper payments.

The surprising development in the long running AHTC financial management saga was reported by The Straits Times (ST) on July 26.

According to the report, the writ of summons was filed on July 21 by the town council in the High Court, over a breach of fiduciary duties.

Other defendants named in the suit include:

  • Chua Zhi Hon, a former member of the WP Youth Wing executive committee
  • Kenneth Foo, deputy organising secretary of the WP and WP candidate in Nee Soon GRC in GE2015
  • How Weng Fan, owner of AHTC's former managing agent firm FM Solutions and Services (FMSS)
  • FMSS
  • Lim confirmed to ST that the three WP MPs were served with a statement of claim against them by AHTC on July 25 evening. She said: "We will respond further shortly, after we have studied the claim."

    According to case details, AHTC is claiming S$622,593.78 in liquidated claims from multiple parties, as well as S$4,167,501.71 in unliquidated claims. Additional sums may be involved.

    The independent panel appointed in February is chaired by senior counsel Philip Jeyaretnam, and comprises senior counsel N. Sreenivasan and KPMG managing partner Ong Pang Thye.

    A pre-trial conference date of Aug. 31 has been listed.

    Top photo from AHTC