ST letter by Peter Ho, Head of Civil Service
I THANK everyone who has given views on Permanent Secretary Tan Yong Soon’s article (‘Cooking up the holiday spirit’, Jan 6).
The Civil Service agrees with the sentiments expressed by several of the writers that, while what Mr Tan does on holiday is his personal decision, civil servants, particularly the senior leadership, must be sensitive to and empathise with Singaporeans whom we serve.
This had been clearly stated in Parliament by the Minister in charge of the Civil Service, Mr Teo Chee Hean, and conveyed in my letter to Mr Tan. Mr Tan has apologised to me, acknowledging that his article was ill-judged and insensitive to the feelings of Singaporeans.
Head, Civil Service