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DPM Tharman on what government must do to keep public's trust

Published on Mar 26, 2014 9:20 PM
 
DPM and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam speaking at the administrative service dinner and promotion ceremony on March 26, 2014.The Government faces a challenge of retaining the public's trust in a new and more challenging environment, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at a promotion ceremony for elite public service officers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The Government faces a challenge of retaining the public's trust in a new and more challenging environment, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday.

While it now enjoys broad public confidence, nothing is permanent, he said, observing that today's environment is more complex with competing interests and rising expectations.

The Government must respond with confidence and consider alternative ideas with an open mind, but keep a "sense of balance and direction", he said at a promotion ceremony for elite public service officers at the Marina Mandarin Hotel.

And it has to respond to rising expectations by striving to improve public services and innovate where possible, he said, while explaining clearly to the public why some expectations cannot realistically be met.

 
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