SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party town council has taken steps to collect some of the service and conservancy charges it is owed.
Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) vice-chairman Png Eng Huat told The Straits Times that legal proceedings are started "as a last resort after some time has elapsed". "From the first reminder right up to the legal letter sent to the resident, there are ample time and opportunities for the resident to make payment or negotiate a payment plan with the Town Council," he added. "The resident can also approach the respective MP for further assistance."
Mr Png was responding to media queries after a report on Tuesday in Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao, which said some residents had approached the People's Action Party branch chairmen in Aljunied GRC for help after receiving lawyers' letters of demand from AHPETC over the last few months.
Managing a Town Council requires money. For Singaporeans that criticize the PAP-run Town Councils for collecting arrears, the Worker's Party actions proves the reality that there is no free lunch in this world.