Vital to have high-calibre people in civil service

There is no doubt the quality of our next-generation leadership is key to the future of our nation ("Who will be the fourth PM? That's not the right question"; Oct 4).

However, one key point that was not addressed is that of the key role of the civil service.

The civil service forms the backbone of the Government.

If we look at other democracies, it does not matter which party rules the country, the government can continue to function because of an effective civil service.

Therefore, it is important to bring in high-calibre people into our civil service, so that we continue to have a competent and efficient civil service.

Also, the civil service should work with the ruling party, but not under it.

Ooi Hoe Seong