| Singapore | 3 Oct 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Pritam Singh, a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Worker’s Party, will chair the only town council cornered by the opposition party in General Election 2015.
“The MPs-elect have also decided to retain the key appointment holders to lead the Town Council management. To further deepen leadership capacity and for job rotation, MP Pritam Singh will take over from MP Sylvia Lim to assume the Chairmanship of AHTC, while she and MP Png Eng Huat will be the Vice-Chairmen,” the party said in a statement released on Oct 1.
Following the General Election 2015, the Members of Parliament elected (MPs-elect) for the constituencies of Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC had notified the Ministry of National Development (MND) that they wished to form Aljunied-Hougang Town, to be managed by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), the statement added.
Singapore will have 16 town councils that are tasked to manage public housing estates.
Pritam, 39, and four fellow MPs from the party were fielded to defend the Aljunied GRC. GRCs, short for Group Representation Constituencies, is unique to the Singapore political landscape where political parties are required to field a team of between three to six candidates. At least one candidate in the team must belong to a minority race.
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