The above tender notice appeared in the Straits Times on 30 June 2010. (Thanks to a reader who did the sleuthing, who, I believe, would prefer to remain anonymous). You can click on it for a bigger version, but for your convenience, here is the text:
The Town Councils for the towns of : Aljunied, East Coast, Hong Kah, Jalan Besar, Jurong, Marine Parade, Sembawang, Tampines, Tanjong Pagar, West Coast, Ang Mo Kio-Yio Chu Kang, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Holland-Bukit Panjang, Pasir Ris-Punggol
Project: Contract for the purchase of the developed application software
Eligibility and Financial Grade: Experienced and reputable Company with relevant track record
Closing Date: 14 Jul 2010
The Town Councils reserve their rights not to accept the lowest or any tender without assigning any reason thereof.
No contract shall be awarded to a contractor if the contractor or any of its directors and/or employees have been debarred by the Town Councils and/or Statuary Boards and/or Government Bodies from participating in the same or all types of contracts. Any contractors who are currently disbarred shall not be eligible to participate in this tender.
Tender Documents of $214/- per set (inclusive of GST), can be obtained from: East Coast Town Council. Blk 206 Bedok North St 1 #01-353 Singapore 460206.
The payment shall be made by crossed cheque payable to “East Coast Town Council”.
I cannot understand how a $2 company that AIM Pte Ltd is, which doesn’t even have a corporate website, meets the tender requirement of an “Experienced and reputable Company with relevant track record”.
Next, I wanted to take a look at the accounts of East Coast Town Council to see if there are any traces of the money flow. Getting to the accounts was an adventure!
When I got to http://www.ectc.org.sg/annualreport.html, I saw this page. Immediately, it struck me that the Financial Report for 2010/2011 (which would be the period I am interested in) was missing!
By chance, I scrolled around and found that by clicking the 2009/2010 link, I could pull up the 2010/2011 report
They couldn’t even get their hyperlink labels right.
Anyway, I couldn’t see — albeit that it was only a quick look — any notes in the accounts that referred to the sale of the software, except a brief mention in Note 24 that the Town Council was committed to making payments for operating lease of office premises and computer services within a term of more than one year and “the current rent payable on the leases range from $785 to $17,654 per month.” The ‘$785’ figure ties in with what Teo Ho Pin said AIM was charging each town council up till 31 October 2011.