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DPM Wong's message to civil servants - listen to the ground


DPM Wong's message to civil servants
By Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 28 March 2011 2122 hrs

SINGAPORE : Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng has urged Singapore's top civil servants to stay on top of the latest global trends, but listen to the ground and engage the public.

Speaking at the annual Administrative Service Dinner and Promotion ceremony on Monday evening, he said this would help the public service to develop sound policies that can better serve the needs of Singaporeans.

Mr Wong said: "While we bring in new immigrants, we must continue to retain what is distinct and unique about Singapore and ensure that Singaporeans will truly believe this is home.

"This means that we must preserve a strong Singaporean core, even as we seek diverse talents to support economic growth - the right balance must be struck."

He added that Singapore has been able to achieve so much with little resources because of the meticulous and systematic approach to bring in the best talent to serve in political leadership and public service.

He said this needs to continue, so that Singapore can move to the next level.

Mr Wong also presented certificates to 63 public service officers who were promoted this year.

Another 28 received their Certificates of Appointments to the Administrative Service.

Mr Wong also paid tribute to two recently-retired Permanent Secretaries who have made significant contributions to the Public Service.

Mr Liew Heng San retired in January after 31 years in the public service. As the Permanent Secretary for Law in the early 2000s, Mr Liew did much to develop Singapore's legal industry, said Mr Wong.

Mr Liew also introduced guidelines and legislation to strengthen Singapore's intellectual property framework.

The other special mention went to Mr Peter Ho, who retired after serving in the public service for 34 years.

Mr Ho had strongly advocated taking strategic, whole of government approaches to thinking about issues and executing ideas.

Mr Ho is now serving as a senior fellow of the Civil Service College and as a senior advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures.

- CNA/al


Alfrescian (InfP)
Generous Asset
This year is the year that we all help WKS retire. His KPI for this term is below expectation. Thanks to his buddy MSK!!



Alfrescian (Inf)
... Seng has urged Singapore's top civil servants to stay on top of the latest global trends, but listen to the ground and engage the public ...
listen 2 ground? ... engage public? ...

dun even noe msk inside or outside sg ... scold public 4 being complacent ... wtf! ... :rolleyes:


Dear WKS

As the politician, it is YOU who is supposed to LISTEN to the ground.

After that you bring back whatever it is that you have listened to and INSTRUCT your civil servants to formulate policies along those lines.


No wonder you screw up so many times because YOU expect others to do YOUR job!:mad:


Obviously he is not a man of his words. If he has listened to the ground, he would have resigned and still being held with higher regards by the people. Now everyone still asking why is he still here, the disgraced think skin dwarf.


Alfrescian (Inf)
OH ya, if the top civil servent can let Mas Jalan jalan without a clue, how on earth you expect them to listen to the ground. Talk is cheap.


Aren't they supposed to lick the ground to taste whether it's sweet? :biggrin:


Alfrescian (InfP)
Generous Asset
OH ya, if the top civil servent can let Mas Jalan jalan without a clue, how on earth you expect them to listen to the ground. Talk is cheap.

hi there

1. bro, sheep blahs, blahs and more blahs.
2. no time to listen to anything mah!
3. listen to the ground, my foot.
4. everything is pre-determined and fixed.

Conan the Barbarian

Two cowboys come upon an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground.
One of the cowboys stops and says to the other, "You see that Indian?"
"Yeah," says the other cowboy."Look," says the first one, "he's listening to the ground.
He can hear things for miles in any direction."Just then the Indian looks up.
"Covered wagon," he says, "about two miles away. Have two horses, one brown,
one white. Man, woman, child, household effects in wagon.""Incredible!" says the
cowboy to his friend. "This Indian knows how far away they are, how many horses,
what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon. Amazing! "The
Indian looks up and says, "Ran over me about a half hour ago."


Alfrescian (Inf)
Wong Cubt Sing talk cock. Does he listen to the ground?
1. People asking abolish GST.
2. Lower HDB price, built more and transparent price.



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