WP town council 'wanted to develop own system'

SINGAPORE - A company providing IT services to town councils has refuted a claim by Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) that it had to fight to continue using the firm's computerised management system.

Last Monday, Action Information Management (Aim) said that the AHTC had wanted to develop its own system after the Workers' Party (WP) took over the town council last year, and that Aim readily gave it the two extensions it sought.

AHTC even thanked Aim for the extensions, the firm's chairman S. Chandra Das said.

He added that WP chairman Sylvia Lim's allegation that the extension had to be "fought for" was inaccurate.

The former People's Action Party (PAP) MP was responding to Ms Lim's criticism of Aim for terminating its IT services after the opposition party won Aljunied GRC in the general election.

She also questioned Aim's contract with town councils allowing it to terminate its services in the event of a material change in the composition of a town council.

Aim has been managing the town council management system (TCMS) for PAP councils after it obtained a 2010 open tender for the contract.

The controversy arose earlier this month when a government management review gave AHTC the lowest banding for arrears management and did not rate its corporate governance as its auditor's management letter had not been submitted in time.

Ms Lim blamed the poor showing on the need to replicate a new computer and financial system after Aim, which is fully owned by the PAP, terminated its services.

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