The Public Service Division announces new rules to strengthen integrity.
The Public Service Division has announced new rules to strengthen integrity.
From tomorrow, public officers who visit the local casinos more than four times a month must declare their visits within seven days.
The same also applies if they buy an annual pass.
For certain groups of officers, tighter rules will apply.
For example, officers who are in positions that expose them to the risk of being suborned and exploited, or whose misconduct will have significant reputational risk to the Public Service, will have to declare every visit to a local casino within seven calendar days.
The existing rule prohibiting officers from gambling during working hours or on official premises remains.
And starting from January next year, some officers will not be allowed to serve in their posts for more than five years.
This is to prevent them from the risk of bribery or exploitation.
They will have to take block leave or be rotated to another position.
The Division has also reminded agencies to help officers in financial distress, as indebtedness can put them at higher risk of being exploited.
It said that agencies can refer the officers to financial counselling or financial aid.
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