Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Eternally Gratified

Commenting on the findings of the Town Council Management Review published on 14 Dec 2012, Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) chairperson Sylvia Lim has inadvertently unearthed some unsavory goings on rivaling the extra-curricular activities at the Punggol East Monday nights meet the people sessions. Already MPS is now an acronym for Mate Per Schedule, code for sweetheart dealings under the umbrella of approved government transactions.
"After the GE in May 2011, the Town Council was served with a notice that the Town Council's Computer and Financial Systems will be terminated with effect from 1 August 2011 due to material changes to the member ship of the Town Council. This Computer and Financial Systems had been developed jointly by the 14 Town Councils over a period of more than 15 months but was in January 2011 sold to and leased back from M/s Action Information Management Pte Ltd, a company which was dormant."

That dormant company lists as directors former People's Action Party members of parliament, namely Chandra Das, Lau Ping Sum and Chew Heng Ching (Deputy House Speaker 2002-2006). That explains the "Action" in the company name "AIM". Whatever the original aim of the entity, it was incorporated in 1991 with a miserly paid up capital of $2. The first director (Lau) was appointed in 1998, Chandra Das (MP 1980 to 1996) was made director in 2010. Presumably those were the years they geared up for their "IT consultancy/hardware consultancy" business, and injected more funds to augment the token start-up investment. We are assuming, of course, the 14 Town Councils, will millions of reserves collected from S&CC, will not deal with a $2 company. Or entrust it with a costly computer system developed over 15 months.

Chandra Das is the Singapore non-resident ambassador to Turkey, managing director of NUR Investment & Trading, chairman of Nera Telecommunications, and pro-chancellor of NTU. The life trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association also holds directorship in companies including Yeo Hiap Seng and The Ascott Reit. Before he passed away in July 2006, Lim Kim San, in a moment of candour, once told a young and aspiring banker, "The PAP knows how to take care of its own." He died a very grateful man.

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    1. Please lah, if you want just upload the content yourself. I am very sure Tattler would not mind sharing his blog. But don't bother trying to identify the blogger using this as an excuse.

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    2. I read the email and could not see the benefit of the offer. What is the REAL purpose? Do you know blogs are jus personal opinions?

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    3. Is this a joke from PAP ? If the national pledge can even be treated as aspiration, what is there to pledge and incite it ?

      Can tatter treat the pledge of his blog as aspiration too ?

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  2. Never disturb a hornet nest. If only they have skipped AHTC in the rating, all these shits would not be revealed. Stupid move! Trying to score but back fired!

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  3. Is Lim Kim San the MND ministar who committed suicide for corruption?

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    1. No, that was Teh Cheang Wan, former Minister for National Development. Lim Kim San was the first Chairman of HDB when it was established in 1960. He established low-cost housing units from 1962 to 1969, when HDB flats were really affordable.

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    2. He was one of the heavyweights,former MOF,MOE,ENV&MND minister. He was also chairman of SPH and PUB when he retired as a minister.A contemporary of LKY.You dont get people like him anymore.

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    3. lim kim san took on building up the hdb for $1 a month or year, if I recall correctly. yes, basically he did it for free!

      sad that too many of us know so little about the old guard. it was really their hard work that got spore going. kuan yew was basically just the front man. the guy who marketed their govt's ideas.

      they apparently would knock his suggs into shape at their meetings. hold him back from implementing all his many crazy ideas and withdraw these if they didn't work, like kuan yew's harebrained scheme re graduate mothers.

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    4. Many of the old guards were known to work for little pay. To them, its the honour to make a difference in people's life, maybe for some recognition but not for the money. We cannot see this in our leaders.

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    5. Many are born to rich families and they were there to catch the big fish.

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    6. Well done Tattler! Excellent write up

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    7. Many Old Guards were rotten too.
      Other than Teh Cheang Wan, there were Phey Yew Kok, One Wee guy and few others.
      And All those that worked past the 1990s were and are parties to the Situation today. Many of them were, are Pioneer PAP Members and Selected Members in the Civil Service.

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    8. The Wee guy is Wee Toon Boon who is still a member in PAP and in the companies of the Top Whites.

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  4. This type of secretive undertakings would not have surfaced if they had not lost the Aljunied Town Council. It appears as a retaliatory move on the part of the sore loser. To say the least, it really stinks.

    Just imagine if PAP lose incumbent power, what sort of secrets will be further discovered will surely put them to further disgrace ? Talking about the incorruptible, what a load of crap !

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    1. What an arrogant act! A vendor dictating terms, typical of the MIWs. What was the development costs of the system incurred by the town councils and sold to AIM for how much. We demand transparency.

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    2. Interestingly, AHTC would have paid for the development of the system before PAP lost it to WP. Does it mean that AHTC has lost its earlier investment since it can't use the system?? Did AHTC get paid for the "sale" of the system to AIM?

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    3. No votes for Pap12/19/2012 1:16 PM

      Audit! audit!! but which auditor is "independent"?

      Zero scruples.. will not get my vote.
      They may not have done illegal things but they are no better than snake oil salesmen/women.

      No votes for Pap.
      No votes for Pap
      No votes for Pap

      There. I said it 3 times. Should have magical effects.

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  5. What about the successful bid by SMRT and NTUC to manage the retail space at Sports Hub? Is corruption involved? Will CPIB investigate?

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    1. Old saying "fertile water cannot flow into others field." Its that considered as corruption? What do you think?

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    2. CPIB investigation ? Why not CPIB investigate itself first as why it is beholden to political will ? How can CPIB be itself manipulated by political will in the first place ? How can it be effective and fair as it takes order from Pinky of whether to proceed with investigation which has conflict of interest when it comes to party interest ?

      http://www.tremeritus.com/2012/06/08/what-political-will-achieves/

      Who will trust CPIB then ?

      It is a national shame that govt organizations is strongly tied to PAP party.

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    3. If 20% out of the 60% can see and understand, there will be hope of more Opposition Parties helping to manage the state.

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    4. If SMRT can't even perform its current responsibilities efficiently, why does it want to partner NTUC to venture into the retail business ? Are they not being just irresponsible & plain greedy ?

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  6. This saying is true "Coward people deserve corrupted government."

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  7. Cudos to MP Sylvia Lim. Maybe she can be our first female PM.

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  8. "The PAP knows how to take care of its own." He forgot to mention the word DOGS at the end of the sentence.

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  9. Is it illegal for the PA to use state resources to further the interests of one political party, the PAP? If a past AG can be rewarded with appointment as Chief Justice for his embarrassing "inside polling station is not within 200m of it", so long as the PAP is in power, the PA will not be prosecuted for being in bed with the PAP.

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  10. "Why when no authority confirmed the involvement of woman, improper relationship and sex in the ongoing investigation of Peter Lim and Ng Boon Gay, the PAP-controlled MSM is so daring to keep reporting about it? MSM can provide a lot of details about this woman, and MSM even got hold of the personal information of the woman and her husband. Where did they get such private and
    personal information?

    This is a smoke screen. It's a cover up of an investigation gone wrong and heading no where. It's part of a bigger conspiracy from a prolonged power struggle within MHA, resulting in severe collateral damage." unquote.

    (Singapore Election Watch MHA Power Struggle, Conspiracy and Collateral Damage)
    http://singaporeelection.blogspot.sg/2012/02/mha-power-struggle-conspiracy-and.html

    ('Singapore is Not a Safe Haven for Fugitives,' Says CPIB Director)
    http://www.sammyboy.com/showthread.php?126835-Singapore-is-Not-a-Safe-Haven-for-Fugitives-Says-CPIB-Director


    (Wai Han Lock LinkedIn)
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/lockwaihan


    (NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY by Gary Allen)
    http://whale.to/b/allen_b1.html

    (Disinformation, Propaganda, Paid Trolls, and Control of Information)
    http://thisbluemarble.com/showthread.php?t=29361

    (Whistleblowers: risks and skills)
    http://www.bmartin.cc/pubs/07Rappert.html

    Joshua Chiang

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  11. '...... an interesting fact concerning the computer and financial system used by PAP town councils. Apparently, the PAP town councils have been dealing with a $2 company run by former PAP MPs.
    .......................
    Ms Lim further revealed that the computer and financial system had been, in fact, developed jointly by the 14 PAP Town Councils over a period of more than 15 months. In Jan 2011, for some unknown reasons, it was sold to and then leased back from AIM. In other words, after Jan 2011, the 14 PAP Town Councils then started paying AIM rental fees so as to use the computer and financial system. The rental fees to pay AIM, of course, would have to come from the conservancy fees paid by residents. It is not known how much PAP sold the system to AIM and how much rental fees were paid to AIM for leasing the system back.' unquote.

    (PAP TC’s computer & financial system sold to and leased back from a company « Assorted « TR EMERITUS)
    http://www.tremeritus.com/2012/12/19/pap-tcs-computer-financial-system-sold-to-and-leased-back-from-a-2-company/

    (Yeo Cheow Tong)
    http://www.yeocheowtong.com/

    Joshua Chiang

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  12. "As a relative of Monsignor Francis Lau, Eric played an important
    role between ISD/Singapore government and the Church" unquote.


    (Singapore Election Watch MHA Power Struggle, Conspiracy and Collateral Damage)
    http://singaporeelection.blogspot.sg/2012/02/mha-power-struggle-conspiracy-and.html


    (OLPS celebrates 50 years)
    http://m.catholicnews.sg/index.php?
    option=com_content&view=article&id=6406&Itemid=79


    (We salute our JUBILARIANS)
    http://www.catholicnews.sg/index.php?
    option=com_content&view=article&id=6052&Itemid=110

    (Year-long display of St_ Pio’s body ends Sep 23)
    http://m.catholicnews.sg/index.php?
    option=com_content&view=article&id=3290&Itemid=79

    (Church lauded for its service to society)
    http://www.catholicnews.sg/index.php?
    option=com_content&view=article&id=8108&Itemid=79

    (Archdiocese of Singapore: Catholic Churches)
    http://www.catholic.org.sg/parish_detail.php?OrganisationID=1


    Joshua Chiang

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  13. My question is: what were the terms of the sale and lease ? Did this company (in which Mr Das presumably has a large sharehding ) buy the system say for $2 and then lease it back to the PA for tens of thousands every month ?

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