The ongoing dispute between the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) on the cleaning of the food centres at Bedok has become a matter of national interest.
As such, I had written to the NEA and AHPETC requesting for more information to be released so that Singaporeans can be more adequately informed of the matter.
Please see below the email.
To: Who It May Concern at the National Environment Agency and the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council.
I refer to the ongoing dispute between the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) regarding the cleaning of the food centres at Block 538 and Block 511 in Bedok.
The dispute has become a matter of national interest and I am writing in to request to the NEA and the AHPETC to release the following documents, so that Singaporeans can be more informed of the facts behind the dispute.
- Town Council Management Guidelines
- Advisory/Guidelines on Maintenance of Hawker Centres
- Related contracts of the maintenance and cleaning of the hawker centres and their respective managers
- Requestor of Quotation No: ATL20130006 on 19 February 2013 for the “Quotation For Market Stalls High Rise Cleaning At Blk 538 Bedok North St 3”
- To NEA: Reason as to why the Block 538 hawker association did not make the necessary arrangements for the scaffolding for the cleaning of high areas in March 2013
- To AHPETC: Reason as to why the AHPETC did not clean the high areas of Block 538 between March and June 2013
- All cleaning schedule in the past 10 years, total cost of each cleaning service, and average amount stallholder had to pay for each
- Signatories to “petitions” released by food centres of Block 538 and 511
I believe that it is in the interest of Singaporeans that the above information is released to the public, so that we would be able to make our own informed decisions as to the facts of the case. The dispute had been aired in the newspapers for more than a week now and Singaporeans have cause for concern as to how the matter is being handled as it concerns the integrity of our national institutions.
Your reply to this email would be instructive to Singaporeans as to how the matter is being handled. I would appreciate if you would be able to release the documents in a press release. Otherwise, if you would like to release them to me, I would also be able to put them up on my blog as well.
I will update this blog once I receive any response from the NEA and the AHPETC.