The Protection of the Whistleblower Act Cap. 527 came into force in September 2013. By means of this Act, an employee who makes a protected disclosure is protected from detrimental action, in that the whistleblower will not be liable to any civil, criminal or disciplinary proceedings for having made such a disclosure.
The below characteristics define what makes an internal disclosure protected or unprotected.
A disclosure is considered protected when:
A disclosure is considered unprotected when:
Each Government Ministry is represented by a Whistleblowing Reporting Officer (WRO), from the rank of Assistant Director and above. The contact details of the Whistleblowing Reporting Officer within the Ministry for Health are outlined below:
The WRO is responsible for receiving internal disclosures and addressing the concerns raised by the whistleblower accordingly. Nevertheless, if the whistleblower is not satisfied with the outcome or s/he has reasoned beliefs which are in line with article 16 of the said act, then s/he may submit an external disclosure to the Whistleblowing Reports Unit of the authority as provided in OPM Circular No. 18/2013.