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  1. Relacklabrudder

    My experience working in civil service...

    i was in technical line as senior engineer, ok pay is not dat gd. but life is stable come 9am knock off 530pm. got once a yr idle trip to europe by company. then i think perhpas it is time for me to try management but current no management positions la so decide venture into civil service. the current company also not expanding in my area of work and i feel most of time not doing much or learning much, becoming very lazy. oh by the way tis company i joined since graduate for nearly 6 yrs. then there was advert for assistant director. looks damn big but not much salary increment. i got the position after 1 interview mmm...very suspicious but it was willing to wait 2mth notice. best thing is during interview they did not even say what they do. The contract offer say 1 yr contract as with all civil service and convert to perm 1 yr later if good. it is big if in fact it belong to small instituiton inside a big 'umbrella' statboard, so dificult to get info on it. i report to lady supervisor. 1st day work the director already yelling away. then from there it is down hill. the director will yell and criticise everybody in morning and run the institution like a stock exchange. he will say thing like 'give this guy the work la, he is paid $xxxx' i spoke up and the directordislike me from there on. my lady sup is so scared she will pressure me to details correcting my punctuations and spelling , grammar which i felt is totally humiliating. she dun know anything so she will major on the minor things. very sianz... needless to say after 1 yr they decide not renew my contract. so i jobless. they did not even forewarn me or even give me warnings as such , just say contratc not renew 1 month prior to end of contract and justify with lousy reasons. this even cause me to lost a job offer in between the 1 yr tenure even though lower paid as i tot i had a future in tis govt insititution, had i known i would have hop off. tis event happen few yrs ago, last i heard this stupid director was asked to step down before his retirement age due to too many complains against him liao. but still it made a mess of my life. as i think back, would i have make a different decision? i mean life is very very stale at the 1st company, but nice colleagues, ok boss but not learning much or doing much, and a management position came along....how i know it was like a 'trap' anyway manage to pick myself up and went back to technical line but was arduous journey ut dats another story.... thing is would u choose stability and monotony over change, risk taking, possible failure?
  2. Civil servants to get mid-year bonus of 0.45 month in July and a one-off lump sum payment of $200 SINGAPORE: Civil servants in Singapore will receive a 0.45-month mid-year bonus and a one-off payment of at least S$200, the Public Service Division (PSD) said on Thursday (Jun 13).
  3. wow!!! SINGAPORE: Civil servants will get a year-end Annual Variable Component (AVC) of 1.1 months, with lower-wage officers getting an AVC of at least $1,600. Some 1,300 civil servants earning less than $1,460 will benefit from the minimum AVC payment of $1,600. For example, an officer earning a monthly salary of $1,200 will get a year-end AVC of $1,600. This is $280 more than the $1,320 he would be getting at 1.1 months of his monthly salary. All civil servants will also get the Non-Pensionable Annual Allowance (NPAA) of one month, to be paid in December along with the AVC. The Public Service Division announced this on Thursday. Its statement said: "The Singapore economy grew by 5.8% on a year-on-year basis and 1.3% on a seasonally adjusted quarter-on-quarter annualised basis in the third quarter of 2013. "Based on the Ministry of Trade and Industry's forecast, Singapore's GDP growth is expected to be 3.5% to 4% for 2013, supported by the slight pickup in the global economy and resilient domestically-oriented sectors like construction and business services. "Against this economic backdrop, civil servants will get a year-end Annual Variable Component (AVC) of 1.1 months, with lower-wage officers getting an AVC of at least $1,600. This signals the Government's continued commitment to help lower-wage workers." - CNA/ir last yr if i rem it was 0.7? consperm... http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2684419-civil-servants-to-get-year-end-bonus-of-07-month/
  4. Wohoooo Coe chiong http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singap...rva/700002.html Sent from Channel NewsAsia iPhone app
  5. oh, ours definitely cannot do it... cos they must have the dignity and also to keep up their standard of living
  6. The civil service. An institution in Singapore that runs along like clockwork, holding the fort and sorting out the papers in the backend, so that everyone else can live their lives as if hunky dory. But did you know that there really is a third-class honours graduate who sucked at project work and has been promoted twice within four years in the service? Here are 17 civil servants that really exist: 1. The one who claims all the credit all the time The civil servant who will say that he/she contributed to every initiative no matter how small his/her contribution – like printing out some meeting minutes. 2. The one who claims credit but really didn’t do anything You know those that do nothing for the entire project but claims credit just because they are in the email CC list? Complete that with a pompous look. 3. The Legolas That one civil servant who is an arrow-shooting extraordinaire. Once he/she sets his/her eye on you, you’re going to get arrowed work. 4. Faculty of Arts and Social Science civil servant They perpetuated the stereotype that people who go into FASS is because it’s a dumping ground. And then they went into the civil service. And continue to perpetuate that same stereotype. 5. The reluctant civil servant Maybe they didn’t get into the top consultancy firms. Or didn’t want to do sales in banks. And it was too competitive to get into some MNCs. The civil service offered a well-paid alternative. 6. The in-and-out-in-again civil servant You know those that quit the service to try something new outside in the private sector and then get enough experience to jump a grade or two when they return to the service. Actually they couldn’t fit into the private sector and got ostracised by everyone. 7. The overachiever You know those scholars or high-flyers earmarked for great things? Yeah, they come in to the service fresh out of school and given positions, such as managers and assistant directors, from the get-go. And they go into cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, bye bye minions. Then again, there are many of them who are genuinely smart and hardworking talents. Some of them are even good-looking to boot. Just to rub it in that life isn’t fair. 8. The idealist So many young men and women enter the civil service wanting to ‘help people’. So much truth contained in a GIF. 9. The idealist-turned-cynic The idealist who wants to help people will be stopped usually by two things: red tape and the unappreciative and overbearing members of the public. And the paperwork. 10. The politician wannabes Nothing pleases these people more than hanging around the politicians in the office. Never mind that their performance is not graded by the politicians but by their civil servant bosses. And their wet dream is to be parachuted into a GRC. 11. The Taiji Master The mortal enemy of the Legolas. The Taiji master fears no arrows. Their colleagues on the other hand… 12. The ball carrier If you’re in a division/ department full of ball carriers, good luck. 13. The Government Instruction Manual Partisan (G.I.M.P) or Protect-my-own-rice-bowl civil servant If it’s not written in the Government I.M. it can’t be done. If boss never asks, don’t need to do. If never do, boss don’t need to know. 14. The perpetual telecommuter because husband sick, son sick, pet sick, potato etc. How can someone work from home most of the time and only report to work twice a month is beyond me. But yes, it happens. 15. The I-hate-my-job-but-too-comfortable-to-quit If you work in the civil service, you automatically earn more than half your peers because that’s where the median pay scale is set. And you can’t really get fired, unless you kicked someone in the face. Or you get Brompton Biked. And here’s the thing: Plenty of civil servants stay on in their job because they can’t get paid the same elsewhere. 16. The Minions These are the unsung heroes, the rank-and-file civil servants that make sure everything’s working 24/7 even with the shenanigans of the other types of civil servants. If they meet a good boss, their efforts are appreciated and they get promoted. Otherwise, they become easy prey for the likes of ball carriers and taiji masters to leapfrog when promotion or performance bonus appraisals are carried out. When good minions work long enough they eventually become… 17. The Zen Master These guys are above the office politics. Red tape? No problem. They are in the system long enough to know their stuff well and can get through all the bulls**t and drama to get things done.
  7. Link Pretty serious crash by the looks of it. Think it's a BMW 7 series, more damage probably because the tree hits right at the doors not the b pillar( well speed does play a factor here). Totally different compared to the official "pole crash test" where the roof didn't bend that much.
  8. Picnic06-Biante15

    Div 3 Civil Servant No Pay Cut After 62

    CNA : Division 3 public officers who are re-employed will continue at the same grade and salary, starting August 1. SINGAPORE: Division 3 public officers who are re-employed will continue at the same grade and salary, starting August 1. The Public Service Division (PSD) said these officers typically perform clerical duties or front-line operational functions. PSD said Division 3 officers join Division 4 officers who have been on these terms since April 1, 2012. PSD said the revision provides greater certainty for lower-wage public officers when they are re-employed. This is one of the outcomes of a PSD review of Public Service re-employment guidelines. Currently, most public officers who are re-employed at the same grade have their salaries adjusted to the mid-point of their salary range. PSD said this is in line with the Tripartite Guidelines on Re-employment of Older Employees. The revised Public Service guidelines will also see more re-employed Division 1 and 2 officers continuing at the same grade and salary. For those whose salaries are to be adjusted, the adjustment is capped at 15 per cent. PSD added that this is in line with private sector market practice after the Retirement and Re-employment Act came into effect in January 2012. PSD's director of Career Development and Management, Mr Tan Hoe Soon, said: "The Public Service values the experience and skills of our mature officers. With the revised terms, we hope to encourage more able officers to continue working after they turn 62 years." PSD said the revised re-employment guidelines will see most public officers re-employed at the same grade and same salary. It added that it will continue to monitor private sector practice and will offer re-employment terms that are reflective of market practice. PSD drew up a set of guidelines to provide a structured framework on the re-employment of officers up to age 65 years in the Public Service. This was done in consultation with public service agencies and public sector unions. The guidelines took effect on July 1, 2011. PSD said nine in 10 retiring public officers have been offered re-employment in the past two years. Responding to the announcement, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said it is happy that PSD has responded positively to its feedback and calls to review re-employment pay policy in the public sector. It welcomed the Civil Service's decision to let re-employed Division 4 employees last year and re-employed Division 3 employees from 1 August 2013 to continue on the same job and the same pay. On PSD's decision to re-employ Division 1 and Division 2 officers on the same grade as far as possible and to retain their pay levels subject to the value of the job, NTUC said this will help "align public sector outcomes with the broad private sector experience". - CNA/fa At least one piece of good news before National Day .......
  9. Little_prince

    Civil Service Job Interview

    hi guys. anyone working in civil service/statboard? can share some ideas on the working enviroment/culture? as well as the interview process/ commonly asked questions? thanks!
  10. Not bad.,....COE sure huat ah SINGAPORE: Civil servants will get a year-end Annual Variable Component (AVC) of 0.7 month. Lower-wage officers will get an AVC of at least S$1,000, signalling the government's continued commitment to help low-wage workers. The Public Service Division in the Prime Minister's Office announced the bonus in a statement on Thursday. The statement said the bonus amount was decided against the backdrop of a "more subdued global economic outlook". It said: "Singapore's economic growth is expected to remain subdued for the rest of 2012, with the economy expected to grow by around 1.5%. "The electronics manufacturing cluster would continue to be weighed down by tepid external demand. On the other hand, expansion in the construction sector could provide modest growth support to the overall economy. "In addition, growth may be slightly lower than forecast if the weakness in the externally-oriented sectors persists into the final quarter of 2012." The year-end AVC payment was decided in consultation with the unions. Some 2,000 civil servants earning less than S$1,430 will benefit from the minimum AVC payment of S$1,000. For example, an officer drawing a monthly salary of S$1,200 will get a year-end AVC of S$1,000, instead of S$840 based on 0.7 month of his salary. About 96% of these 2,000 civil servants are Division IV officers. All civil servants will also get the Non-Pensionable Annual Allowance (NPAA) of one month, to be paid in December along with the AVC. - CNA/ir
  11. and we are now 'learning from HK' on the urban planning matter. are we not capable, have we too many undesired flops? or we are well on top of our game? or neither? --- Senior civil servants to discuss population and healthcare issues with Hong Kong counterparts Singapore Permanent Secretaries are in Hong Kong SAR from 5 to 6 November 2012 to discuss population, ageing and healthcare issues. This is the fourth year public sector leaders from the two Civil Services are meeting to exchange views and experiences on issues of mutual interest. Leading the six-member Singapore delegation is Mr Peter Ong, Head of the Singapore Civil Service. The delegation will be hosted by Mr Raymond Wong, Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service and the programme will involve engagements with 11 Hong Kong Permanent Secretaries and other senior officials. During their visit, the Singapore delegation will call on Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration and Mr Paul Tang, Secretary for the Civil Service. They will also be visiting the City Gallery to learn about Hong Kong
  12. A timely reminder article from the good doctor to all of us road warriors... From ST Forum: http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-...ociety-20121026 Road courtesy is the litmus test of civil society Published on Oct 26, 2012 SENIOR Minister of State for Education Lawrence Wong observed that an "emerging thread" in Our Singapore Conversation has been a focus on values like kindness, graciousness and compassion ("S'poreans care about values, dialogues show"; Sunday). The recent National Kindness Conference also revealed the perception that these values could be improved ("'We are kind, but we could be kinder'"; Sunday). Road accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorists suggest that this problem has much to do with the lack of discipline, courtesy, kindness and graciousness. What is perhaps not sufficiently stressed is that many motorists do not observe basic road etiquette and rules when driving. The highway code test teaches learner drivers to use directional signs when turning, switching lanes, overtaking and slowing down, yet it is commonplace to see our drivers in Singapore flouting these vital indicators, and, to add insult to injury, displaying ugly manners. The consequences are obviously more serious because collisions, injuries and fatalities are the result. Few motorists, for example, use the left or right indicator to show their intentions. Many motorists also tend to speed and cause anxiety for other road users. There is no substitute for complying with the strict driving rules, combined with common-sense driving habits. Steps should be taken to ensure that driving instructors spare no effort in directing learner drivers to observe basic road rules and manners, and in emphasising compliance with highway code rules. There should also be strict enforcement of the rules, and deterrent action should be taken against errant and reckless motorists. At a time when we are pondering on ways to make our future brighter and more meaningful, it should be remembered that road manners are often a good indicator of how a society has progressed in terms of civil behaviour. V. Subramaniam (Dr)
  13. Of 0.3 mth.......well, better than nothing. But htink got payrise too SINGAPORE: All civil servants will get a mid-year bonus of 0.3 month. In addition, Division IV officers will get a wage increase of S$60 per month, over and above their normal annual increment. Division III officers will get a wage increase of $30 per month, over and above their normal annual increment. This was announced by the Public Service Division on Tuesday.
  14. the following is just a hypothetical case. Car 1 (offending party) bumps into Car 2 damages the whole back bumper. Car 2 is a fully decal with custom bodykit import from overseas. In order to restore back to original look, Car 2 needs to import the back bumper, respray the bump and redo the decal. The decal cannot just do the bumper area as the whole decal design is flow from the side of the car to the back of bumper, so whole decal have to redo. Assume, to fully restore back to original look. It will cost Car 2 - $1000 for import of customize back bumper - $500 for respray of bumper (same type of protection paint as the rest of the car) - $500 to redo the car decal Car 1 is 100% at fault. Car 1 (offending party) insurance assessor after assessing decide to only pay for $500 damages to just replace to a stock bumper. With solid evidence, can Car 2 sue Car 1 (offending party) with civil suit to claim back the rest of the amount plus lawyer fee?
  15. If true....30 yrs old can be principle...and in decent public school...this guy must be a high flyer !!! http://sg.news.yahoo.com/80-people-being-i...port.html\ A former principal at a top school and several senior civil servants have been called up as part of a major police probe into an online prostitution ring, local media said. Up to 80 people are assisting police in their investigations, reported The Straits Times. The ex-principal and top civil servants, all from various government departments, have since all stepped down from their posts, reported Chinese daily Shin Min Daily News. The paper reported that they were implicated when police carried out an island-wide raid against the vice syndicate in late December. A list that revealed the names of the syndicate's clients were among the items that were seized during the police raids. It was also reported that the syndicate operated a call centre out of Bukit Timah and specialised in Koreans girls. The school principal in question is believed to be 30 years old, married for over 10 years and has a son. Police have so far declined to reveal further details. Late last December, police conducted an island-wide operation to bust an online vice syndicate. Around 23 people were apprehended during the eight-hour raid. Items such as cash, laptops, bank books, ATM cards and transaction records were seized. At the same time, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) is also currently investigating the alleged misconduct by top public officials Peter Lim and Ng Boon Gay. Lim is the ex-Singapore Civil Defence Force Commissioner while Ng used to lead the Central Narcotics Bureau.
  16. Several thousand junior and mid-level civil servants will see their pay rise between 5 and 15 per cent this month - and more could enjoy similar increases after their salary reviews are completed. The two groups getting pay rises are: Graduate officers in the lower and middle rungs of the management executive scheme who earn between $3,000 and $10,000. They work in policy development and implementation, corporate services and operations. Non-graduate officers in the lower and middle rungs of the management support scheme whose pay starts at $1,600. http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/S...ory_763834.html What recession?
  17. If true....30 yrs old can be principle...and in decent public school...this guy must be a high flyer !!! http://sg.news.yahoo.com/80-people-being-i...port.html\ A former principal at a top school and several senior civil servants have been called up as part of a major police probe into an online prostitution ring, local media said. Up to 80 people are assisting police in their investigations, reported The Straits Times. The ex-principal and top civil servants, all from various government departments, have since all stepped down from their posts, reported Chinese daily Shin Min Daily News. The paper reported that they were implicated when police carried out an island-wide raid against the vice syndicate in late December. A list that revealed the names of the syndicate's clients were among the items that were seized during the police raids. It was also reported that the syndicate operated a call centre out of Bukit Timah and specialised in Koreans girls. The school principal in question is believed to be 30 years old, married for over 10 years and has a son. Police have so far declined to reveal further details. Late last December, police conducted an island-wide operation to bust an online vice syndicate. Around 23 people were apprehended during the eight-hour raid. Items such as cash, laptops, bank books, ATM cards and transaction records were seized. At the same time, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) is also currently investigating the alleged misconduct by top public officials Peter Lim and Ng Boon Gay. Lim is the ex-Singapore Civil Defence Force Commissioner while Ng used to lead the Central Narcotics Bureau.
  18. This is the chap that kapo over 600k in the course of his work in MHA. From Straits Times: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/S...ory_752175.html Civil servant jailed 8 years and 8 months for cheating Published on Jan 5, 2012 A civil servant who cheated the government by submitting forged approval documents for purchases of gift vouchers was jailed for eight years and eight months on Thursday. Liew Chee Meng, 35, an assistant executive with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), pleaded guilty to 22 charges of cheating involving $61,985 and six of converting properties representing his benefits from criminal conduct totalling $131,280. The fraud was committed over four years from 2007 to early last year. His duties included helping in the procurement of and processing payments for prizes used in activities and competitions organised by MHA's Strategic Planning and Development Division (SPPD) where he was attached to. Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Tan Ken Hwee said Liew caused the MHA to procure some $617,087 worth of Takashimaya, CapitaLand and Isetan gift vouchers with the intention of using them for his personal benefit.
  19. Vid

    Criminal or Civil case?

    Was having dinner with some relatives just now and an aunt ask me a question - A friend of hers asked to partner with her to takeover a beauty business so she agreed and passed about $30k to the friend. It's her friends so no agreement has been signed since the takeover is not finalized yet. But part of the money was transferred by bank to that friend so got proof she passed money to her. Now that the takeover date is near, that friend seems to be avoiding her, like not answer her call or messages and have no updates on the situation. So she asked me, if the partner disappeared with the money, is this a case of fraud or will the police ask her to find a lawyer instead? She afraid of these kind of legal stuff (I guess everyone is). Any advise from bros here?
  20. A couple failed to consummate their marriage and had to learn how to have sex from a doctor. The 38-year-old couple, both civil servants, were married at 26 years old. They could not have children for the past 12 years and approached a doctor for help. After being interviewed by the doctor, it was found that the couple did not have children because they have not consummated their marriage. The doctor found that whenever the couple tried to have sex, the woman would cramp up because she was too nervous. As her husband did not want to cause her pain, he eventually gave up trying to consummate the marriage. According to Dr Kumar, a senior consultant at the Gleneagles Hospital Gynaecology department, more than 90% of sex-related problems in women are a result of psychological issues. This includes the cramps that the woman was experiencing. He said, "Painful sex as a result of the vagina cramping up is mainly due to psychological barriers in the woman. This could be due to a lack of sexual knowledge or due to the woman's views toward sex. She could be very reserved or think that sex is a dirty act. In the case of the 38-year-old couple, the woman had believed that she has a very small and narrow vagina. She was also very afraid of pain. This resulted in her cramping up and her fears coming true. Despite counselling and learning relaxing techniques, the couple still failed to achieve intercourse. Finally, Dr Kumar put the woman on the operating table and sedated her to relax her muscles. The gynaecologist then showed her that her vagina is not as small as she thought it was. The couple eventually managed to consummate their marriage and the woman became pregnant four months later. According to doctors, 50% of Singaporean women experience some form of sexual dysfunction but most of them do not seek help. Most of these women develop problems between the ages of 25 and 35. Women between 45 and 65 also experience these problems due to menopause. Source: Lianhe Wanbao, 9 October 2011. Click here for the Chinese report.
  21. Ngiam Tong Dow called on PAP to win back trust from Singaporeans July 4th, 2011 | Author: Temasek Review Former head of the civil service Ngiam Tong Dow has called on the repressive PAP regime to win back trust from Singaporeans after a watershed election which saw it losing a GRC for the first time. In an article published in the Straits Times last Saturday, Mr Ngiam opined that young Singaporeans today will not easily give the government the benefit of the doubt and will judge it by its actions, not just promises unlike the older generation. He proposed changing two aspects in PAP policies
  22. very enlightening. He explain there is a place for civil disobedience. in fact Ong Teng Cheong sanction strikes for worker in shipyard before
  23. THE Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Tan Jee Say has called on voters to overcome their fear that their votes will be used against them, saying that he voted for the opposition while he was in the civil service. 'I have been a civil servant before, and during my days of civil service, I have voted for the opposition. Nothing has happened to me, I got promoted in good time, in fact ahead of a lot of my cohort,' Mr Tan, who is standing for election at Holland Bukit-Timah GRC, told The Straits Times. Mr Tan is the most senior former government official who joined the opposition in recent months. He was the principal private secretary to Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong for five years. Mr Tan said that when he went to the private sector, he also got promoted. 'Have no fear, it won't affect you,' he said, on the sidelines of a walkabout at Fajar market in Bukit Panjang on Wednesday. Link
  24. "The main salary component for senior officers that varies with economic growth is the GDP Bonus. GDP bonus is zero if GDP growth is 2% or below, but accounts for a maximum of about 1/4 of the annual salary of senior officers, or 8 months, when the GDP growth exceeds 10%. Hence, during the downturn in 2009 and 2010, no GDP Bonus was paid. This contributed to a 18-22.5% reduction in annual salaries of senior officers for the two years. This year, in 2011, based on the exceptionally high 2010 GDP growth, officers will get the maximum rate of GDP Bonus," Deputy Prime Minister Teo in Parliament today......
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