Stated in Straits Times newspaper, the move aims to prevent leaks from work e-mails and shared documents in protection for heightened security threats.
The said blocking of public servants from internet on work computers will be rolled out on May next year.
Singaporeans expressed their sentiments and skepticism online and some of them thought that the move will contradict Singapore’s much-promoted Smart Nation and technology initiatives.
Employees across government will also be blocked from sending/forwarding work-related information to their personal emails.
It was labeled as “extreme” from other’s thought that the measure could also apply to teachers whom not dealing with much sensitive information online.
Strait Times said the memo about restrictions was sent to all government agencies, ministries, and statutory boards; as Channel News Asia reported that The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), agency in charge with the restrictions, said that the move will create more secure working environment against cyber-attacks.
“We have started to separate internet access from the work stations of a selected group of public service officers, and will do so for the rest of the public service officers progressively over a one-year period.” an IDA spokesperson told BBC.
Officials can’t say if the restrictions was the reason of a specific security breach speculated by some of Singaporeans on social media.