Former NS man raises question toward SAF pledge

I express my opinions as a Singapore citizen.

I have served my full-time National Service almost 40 years ago and yesterday when I chanced upon the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) pledge on-line again, it drawn on me a very different meaning and feeling, one that I have not given serious thought to over the decades. Let me explain.

“We, members of the Singapore Armed Forces, do solemnly and sincerely pledge that we will always bear true faith and allegiance to the President and the Republic of Singapore. We will always support and defend the Constitution. We will preserve and protect the honour and independence of our country with our lives”- SAF Pledge.

This is the SAF Pledge that generations of SAF personnel have recited but I seriously wonder how many of them truly, truly digest, understand and concur with every single word in that pledge.

I take strong issue with the part that says, “We will bear true faith and allegiance to the President.”

The reality in Singapore today, very, very unfortunately, is that our President is a controversial President, whether we as a people are honest and courageous enough to admit it or not. I stress, firstly, the President is not a Malay President even though the Elected Presidency (EP) criteria for that election clearly stated that the EP was Reserved for the Malays only.

Next, it was a walked-over and nobody, absolutely nobody cast a vote for her even though that was supposed to be an Elected President. In other words, she was engineered and manoeuvred into the Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore by this People’s Action Party (PAP) government.

Given all that, I ask myself when I read the SAF Pledge very slowly and digest it word for word how could I be expected to bear true faith and allegiance to such a President and preserve and protect it with my life? Wow!

My allegiance and loyalty should be and will forever be with my country and the Constitution but to such a president??? My answer to my question is that I do not think that I would like to be an unthinking or even a fat pawn. Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

 

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18 Responses to “Former NS man raises question toward SAF pledge”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Imaging having Ah Meng as the President…it would have done a better Job…salary…bananas and whatever serves @ Bfast with Ah Meng…No need for cars or entourage just its Handler paid only 1% or less of the current President’s salary…

    Ah Meng and her Descendants are ICONS of Singapore Zoo for Tourists and Locals…

    The President…A Patung(Puppet) le!!! but a very expansive one doing no better than Ah Meng and descendants who make the Tourists Visit a wonderful Stay watching and having Bfast with and a Hug to go with it…but the Middle Finger definitely NOT pointing upward…

    UNLIKE one whose middle finger pointing to the ceiling @ Istana collecting MILLIONS the past decades amassing Billion or Billions???

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  • Wayang, wayang, wayang:

    In a wayang, do actors believe things they say?

    During acting, you just say the script. After that, you should forget it.

    Please don’t ask funny question.

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  • All for the sake of Money:

    Few days ago, I read a article contribution by Ms Gina Lim here and it’s gone or deleted. It’s regarding the characters of SINGAPOREANs not employed as a leader in MNCs and the way being brought up here as a coward afraid of the government. Alot of things had been said in this website. Situation will not change unless people change to vote against PAP and change of government otherwise make ways for your exit. Unfortunately locals still very naive believing and trusting PAP. I have been talking about the bad economy in the last 7yrs and relocating to other countries will continue that will cause asset bubble economy to burst. Malaysia will do very well with investments from China in infrastructure and Malaysia doesnt even have to connect HSR to Singapore. Can you imagine Singapore will be shameful. This is only feasible if Sg agrees to pay M’sia a big yearly sum of money. Singapore will become an orphan when Kra canal, Malacca port ready. No one will use Tuas port or pass Sg.

    Mod: No article has been deleted, you can use the search function on the website to search for it. Thank you.

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  • Python 5:

    well my pledge is FKKK SAF, FKKK PAP, FKKK LHL, and FKKK the 70%.

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  • Hsiam Loong Loong:

    You mean that Indian-Muslim whom pap used as their tool to block Dr TCB coz they know none of their other puppets would be able to win for sure?

    You mean that Indian-Muslim who betrayed her roots and turned Malay so that pap could carry out their “guarantee win” plan in the PE?

    You mean that Indian-Muslim president who kay-kay talked about continuing to live in her HDB flat but after less than a month later disappeared to live in bungalow?

    Heng ah! During my time it’s not this unrespectable president.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Simon; “We will always support and defend the Constitution.” but the constitution is changed very too often, which constitution are you protecting. SG’s constitution belongs to the PAP, in particular PM LHL. If NSmen are to protect the constitution, it cannot be suka suka changed.

    How can 4 becomes 5 and Malay can be an Indian?

    GRC is for minority representation in Parliament why only during the period of election?

    GRC is for minority races MPs to be elected into Parliament why the Chinese need to be voted in by GRC?

    If our constitution is to be protected, NSmen should not allow such thing to happen!!

    So there is nothing for NSmen to protect now except to protect FTs taken over Singaporeans jobs.

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  • Take it from the Veteran:

    “Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be … The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.”

    [General Douglas MacArthur]

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  • Opposition dude:

    The pledge is just mere words recited and forgotten, same goes for our pledge recited daily in our schools. Just a wayang exercise but not followed at all.

    Big time wasting effort to be honest

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  • TriiBlu:

    When the population reaches more than 50 pct non-TruBlu sgs, will NSF still make sense?
    By then, who are the majority?

    PAPple are plain stoopid people.
    They exist simply becos 70 pct of sgs are SHEEPLE.

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  • Harder Truths:

    SAF have a pledge? Really? Is it about how we kenna f*ck?

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  • rukidding:

    I was an NSF Officer some 40 years ago,….and today, I totally agree with this writer !

    Honestly,…I doubt Mr Heng’s “pledge” of “working with you, for you” !!

    So many of us ,Citizens are “not agreeable” with an “Indian Muslim” being “recognised” as a “Malay” ???

    Why have our “literacy and vocab” gone to ????

    Black means black,…white means white …how our LEADERs could “twist” this thing is a “Marvel”. ( Must be that they think we are dafts ? )

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  • rukidding:

    There is fake news and there is Fake “Malai’s” !

    Those that are “blocking Fakes” are atually the REAL “FAKES PRODUCERs” themselves !

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  • rukidding:

    Truly RESPECT the Malaysians and Hongkees !

    As for Sillyporeans ????

    Well,…all I can say is that …they are jus “silly dafts”.

    No longer a “Prized lot” !!

    No Longer a “Proud with Pride” …( but being laughed by other Citizens of other country as stupid ,balless and daft ) !

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  • Mr Spurm:

    One thing for sure, in times of war, if i am a hk citizen in hk, i would feel assured HK people will defend me if hk is attacked.

    In other country, i not sure if people will run for their lives .

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  • Tatman:

    This is all Tan Jee Say’s fault!! He is an opportunist!!!

    Hsiam Loong Loong:
    You mean that Indian-Muslim whom pap used as their tool to block Dr TCB coz they know none of their other puppets would be able to win for sure?

    You mean that Indian-Muslim who betrayed her roots and turned Malay so that pap could carry out their “guarantee win” plan in the PE?

    You mean that Indian-Muslim president who kay-kay talked about continuing to live in her HDB flat but after less than a month later disappeared to live in bungalow?

    Heng ah! During my time it’s not this unrespectable president.

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  • downgrade Pes F:

    thank god i am Pes F…

    i dont give a shit about anything

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  • UniQ:

    Simple Question:

    Why for the president, but not for the people of Singapore ?

    The president is not a Monarch, therefore one should not believe a battle cry as “For Queen and Country !” would be replaced by for
    “P#$% and Country ?”

    LOlOLOLOLOL …

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  • joe tiu bareback black:

    we cursed and swore when we wasted our 2.5 years in NSF and full cycle NSR. we are 1 lta, 2 cpts and 1 ssg.

    but now that we are no longer having to waste time each ffffing year for NSR, we look back and think our training has not been in vain.

    imagine lky clown calls up army navy air force when he loses GE2019. ffff. we shall be ready to counter his ffffing attempt in trying to stay in S$m power. after all, we are 1 lta, 2 cpts, 1 ssg trained.

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