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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Can PM Lee win over civil service sector?

Can PM Lee win over civil service sector? - [Yahoo News - FTP ]

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has to work hard to win members of the civil service over to his agenda of change, says Singapore People's Party's (SPP) Jimmy Lee.....

Lee said the reason for his sceptism is because in casual conversations he's had with civil servants, he's heard terms such as "populist measures" to describe PM Lee's recent actions.

"I believe when you put a label like 'populist measures' on an effort to change, then you don't have the mindset to change," said the former Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) scholar.

"You are already injecting cynicism and constraining the space for possible solutions," added Lee, who himself served previously with the DSTA and the Ministry of Defence as an assistant chief information officer.

Lee believes PM Lee first has to win over the civil service -- from the ministers and superscale civil servants down to the rank and file administrators and junior and mid-level officers -- to his cause, adding that failure to do this would result in "pushback".....

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