Petition update

This petition you signed one year ago... succeeded (somewhat)

Kyle Malinda-White
Singapore, Singapore

Aug 13, 2021 — 

In August 2020, I wrote this petition in my own personal capacity to ask the Community Improvement Projects Committee (CIPC) to look into and approve community improvement projects by opposition-led town councils, especially the newly-formed Sengkang Town Council.

This was after a report was published by Our Class Notes revealing that 15 People's Action Party town councils received more than S$60 million for such projects from 2018 to 2020 whereas Workers Party's Aljunied-Hougang Town Council received none.

The petition was wildly popular, receiving more than 57,000 signatories, 2.3 million views and close to 30,000 shares. However, it did not get any replies from the CIPC despite numerous attempts to contact them.

I recently learnt that rules to the CIPC funds process were changed in April 2021, according to an article titled "The Big Read in short: Is PAP changing tactics in WP territory?" published by journalists Ng Chun Sen and Daryl Choo from Today Online on July 24, 2021.

According to the article, rules were tweaked such that town councils now do not need to go through CCCs to apply for CIPC funds to improve their estates. This fulfilled the petition's thrust: to ensure town council projects can be approved by allowing funds to be accessed in an easier fashion.

These changes cannot be directly attributed to the petition, so I cannot say whether the petition affected these changes at all and will not claim any success from that petition.

However, I am very glad to know that CIPC funds are now more fairly accessible and the composition of CIPC members has changed from a majority of them linked to the ruling party, to just one PAP MP - Ms Sim Ann - and four civil servants from different statutory boards.

Applying for such funds to help subsidise 90% of project costs is imperative to allow town councils to carry out the work needed to improve their estates. Residents can now see clearly which estates are being improved without worrying of the status of funds for opposition-led town councils.

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition. Your voice matters. Keep fighting for what you believe is right and just.

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