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Gag order lifted for civil servants participating in ‘Singapore Conversation’

Posted by temasektimes on October 16, 2012

Civil servants are now allowed to ‘contribute’ to the ‘Singapore Conversation’ after a gag order imposed on them was lifted.

Speaking toq ueries from the media, the Public Service Division said the gag order was lifted ‘in the spirit of the Singapore Conversation’ so that civil servants can “engage in meaningful discussions on most government policies and share their feedback on how some policies can be improved”.

Previously, civil servant are not allowed to comment on government policies publicly. However, they can now talk about government policies publicly at these dialogues, but not about their current work or policies they are involved in.

The new guidelines were announced in a circular that was sent to civil servants last week, just before the first citizens’ dialogue kicked off.

The ‘Singapore Conversation’ was launched last month amid much fanfare and media publicity by the government to ‘engage’ Singaporeans and to ‘listen’ to them.

Though Singapore is supposedly a parliamentary ‘democracy’, the ruling PAP holds all 87 seats in parliament, including 6 seats from its subsidiary party which is aligned to it.


15 Responses to “Gag order lifted for civil servants participating in ‘Singapore Conversation’”

  1. Jack said

    In the first place, what was the issue for any Singaporeans to participate? after all, it is a pre-screen, pre-record.

    • DustyP said

      Concur! Besides I cannot see any Civil Servant risking their necks by criticising Government policy. They are all too scared to rock the boat. The Government would be its usual vindictive self and they would be working in some obscure department with no hope of further promotion if they did!

  2. Alamak said

    ‘Singapore Conversation’ short form to ‘Singapore CON’. Not so new, Confucious long time awreddy wise say ‘ If cannot CONvince them’ then ‘CONfuse ‘.Where got civil servant dare risk put sand in own ricebowl I ask you. What do you think hor?

  3. Robin Hood said

    After years of being bound and gagged, do you think civil servants will want to risk their jobs for saying against Government policies? Even now that they are free to speak out, most would rather keep quiet until ROD. Maybe the young who are not afraid will speak out.

  4. Daft Peasant said

    aiyah….lan jiao lah….. who dare to speak bad of their master if you are a civil servant??

    not scare tio pok ah……???

  5. P Koh said

    First it is “National Conversation” but only selected individuals participated on TV and now it is changed to “Singapore Conversation” which allows participation by civil servants. The rest of the populace are non-existent and are not important and no Conversation will be needed. Go eat your heart out. Do we have democracy in Singapore?

  6. spotlessleopard said

    Ha ha ha ha ha!

  7. Johnny Toh said

    “…….the ruling PAP holds all 87 seats in parliament, including 6 seats from its subsidiary party which is aligned to it.”

    I like TT website, always have “magical sentences” appeared from the mod himself.

  8. Vote WP Out said

    A challenge was sent to WP to conduct a National Conversation. No reply from them after so many days. What is the WP doing? Busy forming an coalition with the PAP??? VOTE WP OUT IN 2016!!!

    Mod’s note:

    The ‘Wayang Party’ has to seek permission from the PAP HQ before its leeches can open their golden mouths or pussies. Don’t think PAP is keen to form a coalition govt with such useless scums. It is only wishful thinking on their part:

    ‘If the PAP fails to win a majority in the next election, the Workers Party will form a coalition govt with it (to keep it in power)’

    – PAP’s ‘B’ team MP Pritam Singh, May 2011

    What a LOSER!

  9. fpc said

    a cover up act to get civil servants to explain shitty decisions of ministers without the ministers getting the heat.

  10. Invictus said

    I heard over the radio that though civil servants are allowed to speak on policies, they cannot be critical about it as the Govt don’t want this to undermine the credibility of the civil service.

    If you lift the gag order but only allow the person if he/she signs praises of govt policies, then what is the bloody point.

    • P Koh said

      They call this exercise propaganda. It is a real waste of time as it serves no useful purpose.

    • The point is that they’re apparently quite desperate to have “ordinary people” say positive things about The Minister and His Cronies, so they’re trying to make the civil-service folks open their mouths in public while being very aware of TM&HC’ firm grip on those civil servants’ rice bowls.

  11. island of LKY and son said

    It is like an emperor who believes he is displaying wisdom when he proclaims to his bunch of eunuchs, ” I hereby lift the ban on sex with my concubines ” …..

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