Pritam Singh: It could have been resolved with a phone call

Pritam Singh: It could have been resolved with a phone call

In part 1 of this Supper Club interview, Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh talks about the Workers’ Party (WP) progress, town council work and that hawker centre saga.

Q: We're almost midway through this term of government. Looking back, has the WP delivered on its promises?

On Nomination Day, (WP chairman) Sylvia Lim told the public that if we are voted in, we would serve to the best of our abilities.We want to show Singaporeans that if you vote in an opposition party, it doesn't mean your town is going to descend into chaos.

If you compare the number of questions raised in Parliament for this 12th session to the 11th, the number of questions of public interest filed in Parliament has increased quite substantially, covering a very broad range of issues.

Do we always get straight answers from the PAP on these questions? Not necessarily. Is there room for improvement for the WP, be it in Parliament or at the constituency level? Most definitely.

Q: What are the key areas for improvement?

My personal opinion is it's been satisfactory. But one thing we're looking at now is, within the town council internal audit, beyond the statutory requirements of the Town Councils Act, for example, making sure the S&CC (service and conservancy charges) dollar is spent wisely.

We're looking at checks and balances even within our own systems apart from the yearly audit conducted by independent auditors.

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