The Singapore Public Service has played a key role in Singapore's nation-building journey, working closely with the political leadership and Singaporeans, to overcome challenges and make Singapore a better home for all Singaporeans.
Heart of Public Service appropriately consists of two inter-linked volumes. ‘Our Institutions' traces how key Public Service institutions helped Singapore progress from Third World to First in less than 50 years. 'Our People' tells 50 stories of public officers - a sampling of the many more who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to give life to the policies and programmes that have brought us forward together, and who provide the human touch that has made a difference to the lives of so many Singaporeans.
Indeed, our 141,000 officers in 16 ministries and more than 50 statutory boards are at the Heart of the Singapore Public Service. I have worked with and met many of our public officers over the years - putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and secure, building not just houses but our homes, knocking on doors overseas to open new opportunities for us, helping to move people and goods smoothly, keeping Singapore beautiful and green, bringing a compassionate and healing touch when we are in need, educating our children to be ready for the future.
Our public officers do their best and serve with dedication and passion, guided by the values of Integrity, Service and Excellence. l have seen how our public officers derive satisfaction and happiness from helping Singaporeans to improve their lives, sharing in their happiness. This is the single most important motivation for being a Public Service Officer.
As we mark SG50 this year, let us recognise the contributions of past and present generations of public officers, and thank them for their commitment to our people and country. As we look ahead to SG100, may the ethos and values of the Public Service continue to be the guiding light for future generations of public officers. Let us all work together to scale new heights, serve Singaporeans better, and create an even brighter future for all of us.