GAINS OF PUBLIC OFFICE NOT PLUNDER FOR THE POLITICAL VICTORS

Political parties may come and go with each election, but the administrative staff of town councils should remain, employed on a permanent basis like civil servants in the Government, with all the support equipment and offices in place.

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Do town councils elsewhere operate like in Singapore, where administrative staff change with every change of political party?

The way town councils function here, as provided for under the Town Councils Act, is wrong, similar to a spoils system where public office and its payments are regarded as plunder for members of the victorious party.

This was practised in the United States until the reform of the 1860s, when political activity and the civil service were separated, except for some top appointments.

LIM BOON TAN

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