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    Oct 10, 2016

    Punggol East records sought, AHTC says handover done

    THE Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) and Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) have clashed again over financial documents related to Punggol East, with both sides unable to agree on the number of documents that have exchanged hands.

    This led PRPTC to say yesterday that it has applied to appear before the Court of Appeal in a bid to get an order for the Workers' Party-run AHTC to hand over all the documents needed to review Punggol East's accounts.

    The dispute had appeared to be on the way to resolution in August when both sides reached an agreement in the apex court for PRPTC to have access to documents that relate strictly to Punggol East.

    They also agreed to thrash out the conditions for AHTC to hand over other documents that relate to Punggol East as well as other constituencies under the town council.

    But PRPTC said in a statement that despite numerous requests over the past six weeks, AHTC has not provided the required documents.

    This was disputed by AHTC hours later. The town council said in a statement that it had handed over all documents that relate solely to Punggol East.

    It added that its staff and its independent accountant KPMG have met PRPTC's accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to answer questions about the documents.

    Regarding the second set of documents that contain information about other parts of AHTC, PRPTC said AHTC has not handed over any of the documents, but has not raised any specific concerns about confidentiality.

    But AHTC said it was in "the final stages" of preparing these documents.

    The People's Action Party won back Punggol East from the WP in last year's general election, and the single-seat constituency returned to the fold of the PRPTC.

    "PRPTC's need to obtain all the documents is all the more acute in the light of the highly troubling findings and observations in the Auditor General's report and the Court of Appeal's judgment, both of which identified serious issues and lapses on the part of AHPETC," PRPTC said, referring to AHTC by its former name when Punggol East was a part of it.