Workers' Party AHTC audit issues resolved, KPMG 'reasonably satisfied'. HDB says hold on.

Guess it's not over yet.

Martino Tan | February 17, 2018, 02:07 AM

So, the whole Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) saga continues.

HDB issues statement on Chinese New Year

On Feb. 16, Chinese New Year, the Housing & Development Board has said hold on, a day after AHTC announced on Feb. 15 that it has resolved all its 17 audit points and control-related matters identified for resolution by auditors KPMG.

KPMG satisfied

Earlier on Feb. 14, KPMG announced that it was “reasonably satisfied” that AHTC has been compliant with section 35(c) of the Town Council Act in its 15-page report.

KPMG was appointed in 2016 after the Court of Appeal judgment in Attorney-General vs AHPETC.

In the judgement, AHTC needed to nominate a firm to help fix the lapses that were flagged.


HDB: Resolve all these issues fully and without delay

HDB told The Straits Times and Today that "HDB urges AHTC to take follow-up actions to resolve all these issues fully and without further delay".

HDB also told the media that it will continue to monitor the developments related to AHTC’s and Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC)’s recovery actions against the defendants.

So, is the AHTC issue resolved or not?

HDB said some matters were deemed resolved by KPMG on the basis that "recommendations have been given to AHTC, or AHTC has informed KPMG of the intended follow-up actions".

In other words, KPMG was prepared to take AHTC at their word.

And HDB?

Guess they believe that actions speak louder than words.