Our commitment to uphold a clean and fair public service is unwavering.
Maintaining high ethical standards in the civil service is crucial to its ongoing re-engineering and adaptation to meet the ever increasing expectations of the public. To this end, this‘Ethics Online Corner’ aims to be a focal point on ethics. Developed by the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, in collaboration with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), its objective is to foster and sustain an ethical culture at all levels in the public service.
Public bodies should indeed be tuned to good governance practices. They should regularly enhance their systems, especially in high risks areas and come up with anti-corruption strategies to safeguard integrity and ensure that their staff adheres to the highest level of integrity. In this vein, the ‘Ethics Online Corner’ is a valuable tool for public officers, giving easy access to reference materials on ethics, integrity management, standards of conduct, corruption prevention and other best practices. I call upon all public officers to abide and uphold our traditional values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality and to see to it that the public is provided with a high quality professional service.
This ‘Ethics Online Corner’ will be continuously upgraded. I believe it will help in enhancing integrity management and building an ethical culture. I urge the setting up of ‘Ethical Standards Management Committees’ in each Ministry/Department to ensure the maintenance of this ethical culture. I hope that it will also allow members of the public to have a better understanding of the commitment and efforts undertaken to uphold high ethical standards in the civil service.
Secretary to Cabinet
and Head of the Civil Service