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From Tuesday, all public officers will need to declare within seven days whenever they visit the local casinos more than four times a month or if they buy an annual pass. But for for certain groups of officers, tighter rules will apply.
SINGAPORE: The government has announced more measures to strengthen the integrity of the Public Service.
From Tuesday, all public officers will need to declare within seven days whenever they visit the local casinos more than four times a month or if they buy an annual pass.
But for for certain groups of officers, tighter rules will apply.
They include officers who are in positions that expose them to the risk of being tempted or exploited, or whose misconduct will have significant risk to the reputation of the Public Service.
They will have to declare every visit to a local casino within seven calendar days.
But one category of officers will be prohibited from visiting casinos unless they are doing it as part of their work.
They are those who enforce operations in the local casinos, or regulate the activities of or negotiate business arrangements with the local casino operators.
As part of the review, the Public Service Division (PSD) also strengthened measures to reduce the risk of fraud and corruption.
Currently, some agencies with positions of high risk of corruption already practise job rotation.
Some agencies also impose block leave as a fraud prevention and deterrence measure.
From 1 January 2014, job rotation and block leave will be enforced for officers holding positions which are more susceptible to being tempted or exploited if the officer were to remain in the same job for too long.
Depending on the nature of their work, these officers will be subject to either one or both measures.
Under the new rules, these officers should not serve in the posts for more than five years.
PSD also released details of its Code of Conduct.
The code calls on public officers to work with the elected government to serve the people and shape Singapore's future and uphold the integrity and reputation of the Public Service.