Public officers urged to stay humble, aim high

Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing urged public officers to keep having a high level of ambition for Singapore so that it can continue to progress.
Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing urged public officers to keep having a high level of ambition for Singapore so that it can continue to progress.ST PHOTO: YEN MING JIIN
Policemen patrolling the area outside Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road, on Dec 15, 2017.
Policemen patrolling the area outside Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road, on Dec 15, 2017.PHOTO: ST FILE

They need to convince S'poreans to work with them as a team, says Chan Chun Sing

Singapore's 145,000 public officers were urged yesterday to stay humble as a reminder to themselves that for the country to progress, they need to convince Singaporeans to pull together with them as a team.

The whole-of-nation approach in mobilising people "to walk the journey with us" was the thrust of the message by Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing in a video uploaded online by the Public Service Division yesterday, to mark the start of the annual Public Service Week.

"If we can do that, then there's really nothing stopping us from building an even better Singapore for generations to come," he said.

Mr Chan, who is also Minister for Trade and Industry, urged public officers to keep having a high level of ambition for Singapore so that it can continue to progress.

He cited the Marina Bay area and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Central campus as examples of how Singapore's high aims have allowed it to achieve great things.

On ITE, he noted that in many countries, even their universities "do not have the same kind of facilities that we can offer to our ITE students... (to) realise their full potential and do great things for themselves, their families and the country".

This year's Public Service Week, which ends on Sunday, is Mr Chan's first since he took charge of the public service in May.

The week-long events will highlight what the public service will focus on in the coming years and include officers attending observance ceremonies during which they will renew their pledge to serve Singapore and Singaporeans with dedication and commitment.

This year's theme is "One Public Service: Stepping Up Transformation".

To recognise the contributions of public officers, about 600 of them will attend a reception at the Istana this evening, hosted by President Halimah Yacob.

Tomorrow, about 400 Public Sector Transformation Awards will be given to individuals and agencies to recognise excellence in such fields as service delivery, innovation and best practices.

On Thursday, a convention themed "Digital Government for a Smart Nation" will be held at Resorts World Sentosa, to inspire public officers to embrace digitisation.

Officers will also visit various public organisations to better understand the work of colleagues in other agencies.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2018, with the headline 'Public officers urged to stay humble, aim high'. Print Edition | Subscribe