Workers Party's Sylvia Lim responds to the recent statement by Dr Teo Ho Pin.

Chairman of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council or AHTC, Sylvia Lim has responded to the recent statement by Dr Teo Ho Pin. 

The statement was on the sale of the software formerly owned by the town councils managed by the People's Action Party to Action Information Management Pte Ltd in 2011, prior to the General Election. 

Ms Lim said AHTC is not able to verify the accuracy of the reasons for the sale cited in the statement on 2nd January by Dr Teo, who's the coordinating chairman of PAP town councils 

Ms Lim said the documents AHTC has on hand, including the tender documents, do not disclose many of the details mentioned. 

She also said the reasons given underscore three fundamental facts. 

First, the PAP-managed town councils sold off the computer and financial systems developed with public monies to a vehicle of the PAP, just prior to the General Election. 

Second, according to the most recent statement of AIM Chairman, Mr S Chandra Das, AIM "as a PAP company" wanted to "be helpful to the PAP Town Councils". 

Third, the PAP sees no issue with an arrangement allowing them to terminate the software agreements with any town council with one month's notice, if there's a material change in the town council's membership. 

Ms Lim also questioned the one-month termination clause in the AIM contract, which Dr Teo considered "reasonable". 

She said he himself indicated that it would take "maybe 18 to 24 months, or even longer" to assess new software and develop a replacement system. 

Ms Lim said the question of how the PAP-managed town councils acted in the public and residents' interest in relinquishing their ownership of the systems to AIM has still not been answered. 

She said she leaves it to the public to make their own judgment.