Dear A.S.S. Editor
In an interview with the local media, former head of the Civil Service, Mr Peter Ho insisted that Civil Servants’ job is not just to follow rules, but also ask how to improve them. Peter Ho was the Head of Civil Service from 2005 to 2010.
The reporter should have asked him during his more than 5 years in service as the Head of Civil Service, how many of his civil servants actually ask him the question on how to improve the Civil Service. Civil Servants are well known to process everything according to their SOP, and follow rules, even if blindly doing what might not be efficient. Which Civil Servant have you come across who do things their way, without following rules, or their bosses’ orders. Perhaps the clue is in the word Civil Servants. After all, those people in the Civil Service are servants to someone, so how can they question the authority?
Feel that this is another lip service, report coming out just placate civil servants for the very low performance bonus they got this month. They are telling you that you can work creatively and ask questions of your superiors, but at the end of the day, you are still a servant, and you will still be paid relatively low.