The Workers’ Party returned to court on Thursday (Jan 7) to address issues that include the appointment of its accountants for the now-defunct Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC).
Last November, Singapore's highest court ordered the town council to appoint accountants to fix any accounting and governance lapses.
These accountants were meant to help the town council identify outstanding areas where it has not complied with the Town Council Act, and advise on what needs to be done to fix the situation. They will also produce monthly progress reports that will be submitted to the Housing and Development Board.
These appointed accountants will also establish if any past payments made by the town council were improper, and needed to be recovered.
The court had also ordered the town council to make all outstanding transfers to its sinking fund within three months.
The judgement from the Court of Appeal came after the High Court dismissed an application by the National Development Ministry to appoint independent accountants after lapses were found in the town council's books.
At the time the case was heard in court, the town council was run by the Workers' Party. After the General Election last September, the single-seat ward of Punggol East was returned to the People's Action Party.