27 Apr '16, 12pm

[Mothership] Civil servants must be politically non-political. Don’t believe me? Listen to PM Lee’s speech. https://t.co/FQVMjNpmkX

[Mothership] Civil servants must be politically non-political. Don’t believe me? Listen to PM Lee’s speech. https://t.co/FQVMjNpmkX

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave a suitably thorough, albeit meandering 35-minute speech on April 26, 2016, at the annual Administrative Service promotion ceremony and dinner at Shangri-La Hotel. The prime minister took the opportunity to outline, very broadly and in some detail, what the civil service should and should not be, a day before the Bukit Batok by-election hustings proper began. The contents of his speech, like the length of speech itself, was at odds a lot of times: Long and short on details; thorough, but yet broad; effusive and nebulous, yet cogent and still logically valid. To a lay person, you are bound to get a headache trying to wrap your head around what he said is required of the civil service — which is to meld together and embody seemingly disparate ideals by being many things to many people at the same time. To civil servants, good luck. Civil se...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2016/04/civil-servants-must-be-polit...

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