'When you vote for someone and he wins, he will run a town council'
Running a town council is a litmus test of whether an MP is capable of going on to run a government, said PM Lee Hsien Loong.
"When you vote for someone and he wins, he will run a town council."
He also said: "People who aspire to be the government will first be tested in running a town council and demonstrating (whether they are) capable of administering, managing, leading and producing results to Singaporeans."
PM Lee said the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) saga was a serious issue concerning governance, profitability and propriety.
WP chairman Sylvia Lim had earlier accused the PAP of using the Ministry of National Development (MND) to make political attacks.
But PM Lee said it was the government agency's responsibility to investigate and take action if necessary.
He pointed out that the Aljunied GRC and Punggol East SMC town councils were running healthy surpluses before they were amalgamated into AHPETC, which then reported a deficit.
Meanwhile, AHPETC's former managing agent, FM Solutions and Services (FMSS), went from nothing into a rich company, said PM Lee.
"In such a situation, can you say that it's not my business? I think voters should be able to tell it's not so simple," he added.
WP has said that AHPETC's latest annual report, filed on Monday, shows the town council had made a $1.7 million surplus if the $7.2 million operating grant withheld by MND is factored in.
The report was also filed on time - an improvement over the filing of the previous year's report that was 10 months overdue.
Asked if AHPETC would become a significant issue in this General Election, Ms Lim said earlier: "I'm sure the PAP wants to make it an issue."