26 May '11, 8pm
Sgpolitics.net - Constructive suggestions for a more responsive civil service
Get the Permanent Secretaries of ministries and CEOs of statutory boards to put their respective names to public replies that are drafted by their subordinates. Such a move will clearly demonstrate public accountability and duly earn public respect. It will help ensure that public replies are properly considered. In a truly First-Class Civil Service, there is also no room for “nameless and faceless” civil servants hiding behind the anonymity of “Ministry spokesperson”. It is timely now to publicly state their full names and official titles, as is practised in First-World countries like China and the United States. The Public Service Division (PSD) of the Prime Minister’s Office must also enforce strictly its 3-working day Response Directive issued to all civil servants. As it is, many public replies can take as long as 7 to 14 days to appear. Civil servants who are less-th...