Would any civil servant ever complain about their Minister?

I refer to the article “Safeguards in place to ensure public service not politicised” (Straits Times, Jan 9).

It states that “Any public servant who feels pressure from a minister to take a certain course of action can report it, said Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung yesterday.

They can turn to the permanent secretaries that head ministries, the head of the Civil Service, the Public Service Commission or even the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, he added.

Mr Ong was responding to concerns raised by Workers’ Party MPs that public servants may be unduly influenced by ministers, under a new law that, among other things, empowers the minister in charge of a statutory board to direct its work.”

When one of my friends read this – he almost choked!

Why not give credance to and support this statement with the statistics as to how many civil servants have ever complained about their Minister to their permanent secretaries or the head of the civil service, in the history of Singapore?

Arguably, would any civil servant be “brave enough” or “stupid enough” to do this?

Can you imagine what their career prospects may be – if they do this?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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20 Responses to “Would any civil servant ever complain about their Minister?”

  • oxygen:

    WHEN PAPpys ARE VERY SHY AND HOSTILE to peasants disagreeing feedback – how can they stomach negative feedback from the foot soldiers instructed to act on their orders?

    It means the commanding PAPpys is more stupid than a piece of dumb rock in the garden backyard. No civil servants with intelligence just slightly better than a caterpillar will not praise the political master.

    That is why the next generation of leaders – according to Kee Chiu – won’t change the status quo to avoid “discontinuities” as if they live in the fairy-tale idealism world of perfect order and smooth functioning of all moving parts and the external environment is benign like the ocean breeze sweeping in on the beach.

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  • U wan me to be dead hero!:

    You want me to die isit? Please don’t wayang! You think I dare to report about my Minister, mah? U siow ah?

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  • another clown:

    Another clown is farting through his top orifice!!…PM would be candidate??
    OMG!!

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  • HarderTruths:

    I have worked with civil servants for over 30 years. None of them will ever say anything that contradicts their bosses and these bosses will never contradict their bosses and so on.

    Remember a large number of FT work in civil service – why should they offend their saviors?

    Success in the civil service comes from being a follower. Always a follower. This is the way to lead the country.

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  • Wnat to be dumb ass?:

    Ai shi, isit?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Siao arh.

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  • LIONS:

    which senior civil servants want to lose their ‘GOURMET-COOKING’ holidays with the kind of paychecks they are getting?

    so,if my bo$$ is wrong,he is still right???

    in any case,if things go foul,’WE’ have the MONEY to run?

    as for humbler sgs,YOU DIE YOUR PROBLEM.

    JUXTAPOSE THIS KIND OF CIVIL SERVANTS with what DR GOH KENG SWEE had in mind?

    its small wonder SO MANY GOOD SGS ARE BEING MARGINALISED!

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Ong Ye Kung would be better off just reciting Majulah Singapura, if he’s run out of trash to talk about.

    “Safeguards are in place”, just like the Select Comm to manage online falsehoods.

    Perhaps the Select Committee wanna begin with OYK !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • opposition dude:

    All wayang only.

    You want something done then vote as many monkeys out as possible. Only then will we see real change.

    Another GRC loss is water off a duck’s back to them so the next loss has to be 3 GRCs at the minimum. PAP has loads of replacements for ministers anyway so losing 3 or more of those turkeys wouldn’t hurt anyone.

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  • This is Harakiri:

    Don’t expect civil servants and even the Ministers to commit complain about their higher ups. That is asking them to commit harakiri.

    The Yes Men culture has permeated throughout the entire civil service. And no one including the PM accepts responsibility. So would anyone dare complain?

    PAP, Stop treating all of us as idiots.
    Only 70% are. The rest are not.

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  • Joker ng:

    Just get the miniSTIRs to do the job…..why bother the ps who is only an admin officer?

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  • MarBowling:

    After some time, some civil servants(gals and guys) may find themselves growing a crop of Manly Hair on their chest and tempt to speak on or complain about their higher ups. However, their spouse and also children WILL stop or prevent them from doing so(famous and righteous quote from Dr Ngiam). To them, Their obscene salaries is paramount. Right or Wrong is NOT IMPORTANT and SinKapore can go to HELL. Period!

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  • OYK is an idiot:

    OYK is talking cock. Again. Singapore civil servants are overpaid, stupid and, definitely, spineless.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    All civil servants only have these two rules;

    RULE #1: The boss is always right.

    RULE #2: If the boss is wrong, refer to rule #1.

    @Minister Ong, if any civil servant dares to go against these rules, do you know what would happen to him/her? You know they are not idiot!!!

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  • 'innocence' of prostitutes:

    Define fascism:
    A political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government (as opposed to democracy or liberalism)

    ” One need not swallow such absurdities as this, but one ought to recognise that the present political chaos is connected with the
    decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your
    English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself.
    Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make
    lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind………”

    search,
    George Orwell: Politics and the English Language – Orwell.ru
    http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit/

    George Orwell: The Prevention of Literature – Orwell.ru
    http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/prevention/english/e_plit

    5/8 ShengWu Li Oxford A 2nd Prop. 1st Speaker Final Koc … – YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1nG3CUo6vk

    Fascism – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism

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  • Bapak:

    Look no further – cases to remember:-

    1) Kishore Mahbubani, the ex-Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP),
    2) LSW – a simple FB (private some more) comment on THE P systems did him in.

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  • Spewing shits with cowardice:

    For just a innocent boyish word horrible, a child was torture inhumanly driving the boy to extreme negativity and chased outvof the country. Just for revealing the greed and betrayal among the siblings of the supposedly popular rich arrogant nepotist, the sibling has to flee for their own safety and the exterminating vigour confirmed the sibling nightmare that a no conflict of interest big gun of Mos in law running after lassoing the sibling lamb. What will happen to a non plp kpkb is within the thought of even our humble food hawkers in food courts of wet markets who quietly earning their living chaitowkwei but yet get kick to provide their food not worth the price as compared with the $10 a politically made millionaire paid for his chaitowkwei and yet the shit dares to say his generation needs to earn the trust of Sinkies. As a doing nothing minister in pmo, he is so bloody arrogant to despise the humble food vendor what will happen when he becomes PM. God forbid andvall faith shall join hands for karma on shits. No pap has finished its run. Sinkies have to wake up to do whatever these shits have done to our serene safe homeland. Traitors and those who bite the hands feeding them have no right to do their dark evils anymore. Who ever think it is justice for innocent to take responsibility of those who comitted the acts of bribery while these are still at large somewhere perhaos continue what they have been doing. That seems to be justice to those sinkies have placed theirvtrust to govern.

    Madness extreme. Karma karma not rain and rain affecting the innocents.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Minister Ong Ye Kung, please tell your boss the Reserved President is for Malay only, the current selected President is an Indian. Can you please clarify with him!!

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  • oxygen:

    OYK & KEE CHIU reside in the SAME SILO OF CATERPILLAR MENTALITY. They won’t rock the boat to avoid creating ‘DISCONTINUITIES’ – denying reality.

    WHO REMOVED THE HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS from 38 Oxley Road without the permission of the proper owner? That “removalist” or whoever so directed that action was NOT an employee of National Heritage Board AND THEREFORE HAS NO LEGAL AUTHORITY TO COMMAND AND EXERCISE THAT DIRECTIVE but was instead employed in some other HIGH-PROFILE role irrelevant to national heritage matters.

    another clown: Another clown is farting through his top orifice!!…PM would be candidate??
    OMG!!

    OYK is an idiot: OYK is talking cock. Again. Singapore civil servants are overpaid, stupid and, definitely, spineless.

    So OYK TALKED CAWKED TO INFINITY or he was THOROUGHLY PLAIN IGNORANT of public administration.

    Trapped in a silo with only one other companion of “no discontinuity” fiction, how can he lead this country without any other followers in tow?

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  • Lets be Honest for 1's:

    Pinkie Dotters are Notorious internationally to be Extremely AFRAID of Authority. They really Standout.

    I am not saying this has anything to do with Military indoctrination that most men here go through much part of their lives.

    I am not saying the students are Notorious for being AFRAID to ask Instructors, Teachers or Lecturers or Speakers Questions.

    Regardless of Race, Pinkie Dotters Proved they are Afraid of Authority much more than any other human beings elsewhere, except North Korea.

    So, why is it across all races of pinkie dotties here?

    There is clearly a commonality and a common explanation.

    Its the system.

    Excuse me, i need to go fiac a doll now.

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