Straits Times: Workers’ Party to make accounts public


MR. JEYARETNAM
…not true to say party has refused to divulge information on its finances

THE secretary-general of the Workers’ Party, Mr. J.B. Jeyaretnam, said yesterday that the party would make its accounts public as soon as they have been audited.

He said this in reply to an allegation by a breakaway group from the party that the organisation was keeping its accounts secret.

The splinter group members had also said that they could get no details of a charge by the Government that the Workers’ Party had received a $600,000 gift for the recent general election.

Mr. Jeyaretnam said: “It is not true to say that the council had refused to divulge information on its finances.

Audit

“In fact the accounts are now being audited. The statement of accounts will be sent to the Registrar of Societies. It will also be made public.”

On the allegation that the party had received a $600,000 donation for the election, Mr. Jeyaretnam said:

“A writ has already been taken out against a PAP Member of Parliament who is said to have made the allegation. The case may be heard some time next year.”

Mr. Jeyaretnam said that the break-away would not affect the party structure or its functioning.

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