Gag order lifted for civil servants participating in ‘Singapore Conversation’
Posted by temasektimes on October 16, 2012
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.