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Civil Service head Peter Ong says policy makers must be close to the ground

Published on Mar 26, 2014 8:11 PM
Mr Peter Ong, Head of the Civil Service. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

THE Head of the Civil Service wants elite members of the service to be close to the ground so they will not only craft but also execute policies well.

Mr Peter Ong used the occasion of this year's Administrative Service dinner to highlight the importance of policy implementation, even as the Government prepares to roll out new policies in the second half of its five-year term.

He said good implementation is needed especially as the environment is changing rapidly in Singapore, with more diverse needs and many different voices.

Policies have also become more complex, with a "constant surge" in transactions and feedback volumes. The time to roll them out has also shortened.

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