Govt grants to Aljunied decreased 73% after PAP lost to WP?

The final “nail in the coffin”?

Further to my articles “Tanjong Pagar TC’s deficit 5 times more than Aljunied?” (Nov 17) and “Aljunied’s surplus transferred to sinking fund when PAP lost to WP?” (Nov 16) – S Y Lee asked me – “Why don’t you try to find the third and final nail in the coffin?”

My response was “What do you mean?”

After 2 nails “in the coffin”?

S Y Lee said “Your 2 articles are like 2 nails already – the third and final nail may be “Has government grants to Aljunied decreased after it was lost to the Workers’Party (WP)?”

Unfortunately, I could not find the annual report of Aljunied in 2011 as I believe the town council’s web site may have been taken down after it was lost to the WP.

I then looked at AHPETC’s web site and found the annual reports for the years ended 31 March 2012 and 2013.

From these reports I was able to extract the following information.

Govt grants decreased by $19.4m after the loss to WP? 

Government grants were about $26.7 million, $7.3 million and $7.3 million, for the years ended 31 March 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively.

So, does it mean that Aljunied’s government grants decreased by about $19.4 million ($26.7 minus $7.3 million)  or a whopping 73%, after it was lost to the WP?

Why do this to Singaporeans in Aljunied?

If this is the case, as a resident of Aljunied and on behalf of my fellow Aljunied residents, and if I may say all Singaporeans – Why?

Dear readers of this article – Do you agree with S Y Lee that this is akin to the final nail in the coffin?

Leong Sze Hian
P.S. Come with your family and friends to the 5th Return Our CPF protest on 29 November 4 pm at Speakers’ Corner


About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.