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Serving NS

So, to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (NEH), I believe that too many Singaporeans across generations and who have had served their full-time National Service and all their reservist obligations would like to know “how many male new citizens and permanent residents didn’t serve NS over the last 20 odd years.

Any way one looks at it, that is a fair and equitable question.

I have repeatedly watched the parliamentary exchanges between NEH and Leong Mun Wai and I encourage fellow netizens to also watch it online too and although NEH spoke at some length about granting deferment to our athletes and the current percentages of PRs and new citizens serving NS annually etc, still, he didn’t answer clearly Leong’s repeated questioning of How Many New Citizens Didn’t Serve National Service!

I liken NEH’s answer when asked what is your father’s name to answering my grandfather’s name is Ng Ah Kow.
Although many of our fellow citizens are politically apathetic and unsophisticated, still they will know the differences between their father’s name and their grandfather’s name la.

And although mature new citizens and PRs who are over 30 years old when they become our new citizens and/or PRs didn’t enjoy earlier social and economic benefits, still, from the point of obtaining PR or citizenship status forward, they and their families will immediately do, like all our reservists, until they die or until they move to other greener pastures again.

NEH’s parliamentary reply had plenty of holes and big ones too and it will only tempt, encourage and invite cunning and scheming foreigners to game and exploit those loopholes maximally at our expense.

I am much sadden that our country is paying top of the world political salaries for such so called ‘outstanding surgeon politician’ and NEH is not alone.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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22 Responses to “Serving NS”

  • Paul Angel:

    It’s crystal clear that the Hen is skirting the issue

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  • panyusg:

    Being fair to NEH, being born and brought up in Singapore will mean an obligation to serve NS.

    Above 30, the body is different and NS is meant for a young person as the training can be physically demanding.

    So, do you want a 40-year old to enter NS? At what age do you draw the line on entry to NS?

    Reservist is for those who have had military training. It does not mean being prepared for the front-lines but to support the military as backline force, for territorial duties, etc.

    Too much focus on personal attacks. What exactly is not right with NS training? If Singaporeans and young PRs do not serve NS, will Singapore import the Indian army?

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  • Paul Angel:

    In this case, the Speaker should instruct the Minister to just answer the question.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    When one cannot answer a simple query with a straight answer, it is sign that that person is hiding something. Like boss who doesn’t challenge the Dishonorable Son label because it is likely the truth. That’s why pap has been losing votes for the past 3-4 elections, despite begging for people to trust them. How to trust someone who evades simple queries, treats Singaporeans like idiots and hides behind No Blaming Culture when million$ “public servants” screwed things up?

    As said before, this is the lan-cheow standards of the pap nowadays. All boils down to a Dishonorable Son.

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  • Billy ma:

    The key word that caught my attention was ‘many’.
    It supposed to be ‘all’, but here he told us ‘many’ new citizens actually serve NS.
    That’s means there are ‘many’ who did not do NS.

    At the same time, these new citizens who did not serve NS are allowed to buy HDB flats & other benefits of citizens.

    PAP don’t find this any contradiction nor fairness to native citizens especially ‘everyone’ who had served NS.
    As long as it serves PAP purpose, laws can be override at PAP convenient & gains.

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  • Talking FromBothSidesOf Mouth:

    This fella should have been the next PM…not the mousey LW.
    At least this one is good at politicking!
    lying w/o blinking is a pre requisite.

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  • Asd:

    I think not disable can do clerk driver or store man ma why no serve ar discrimation ar

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  • xoxo:

    With PAPple like him in charge,it is no wonder why Singapore is already a Sinkingpore.
    TC$$ ,or Talk Cock Sing $ong ,is their TALENT.
    Collecting more money is their ambition.
    How to be ONE PEOple,One Nation,One Singapore?
    Seems more like ONE PAPple instead.

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  • Asd:

    I think educated people will not tell half truth or even avoid question

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  • C’est la vie:

    ******
    Please, please, please, … do not be surprised and neither should one be saddened.

    So long as the “lightning brigade” continue with their relentless march and overall majority come ticking the box time, … issues, such as this, along with cpf inconsistencies, hdb leases, permission notes to buy cars, cronyism or even, the matter of the next president, ag and mayors, … will continue to be kicked down the proverbial road, for the next decade or even century !!!

    The compliant citizenry ought to be thankful, and be respectfully grateful to the “lightning brigade” for their careful crafting, construction and creation of the “paradise”, … that is sg !!!

    Majulah Singapura, majulah pap, mati-lah warganegara sg !!!
    ***
    ******

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  • Asd:

    I think why give concession to free rider f trash who already given a job here ar

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  • JV:

    The writer has a third-rate mind. You don`t serve NS to protect the nation. You serve NS to protect the assets of the rich and powerful in SG. It also serves to make it difficult for the awakened young to migrate as you are require to serve reservist till 40 to 50 depending on vocation. These are chains on your freedom while selling the notion that you serve to ensure your own freedom.

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  • Cancel the PAP:

    It appears nowhere in the world, comparing various societies, only in Singapore, where PAP Administration’s politicians are the most highest paid, and yet treating its own 100s of 1000s of citizens as trash fodder, milked them for their Election votes once every 5 years.

    So many constituted policies for foreigners and PRs stands up high above those for citizens, and where citizens privileges are always dumbed down, citing tt foreigners are better skilled, more hardworking, here to create jobs – without foreigners SG cannot on its own, by its own, build road, schools, flats and shopping centres.

    Weired and unbelievable – UNIQUELY Singapore.

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  • True blue mandate needed:

    There are so many new citizens or foreigners become Singapore citizens voting in election and the result of the election is so bad, it is doubtful whether PAP has won the election with more than 50% of true blue Singapore citizens. Without the new citizens’ or “foreigners become Singapore citizens’” vote, the result of the election would be different. It will be a question whether PAP has the support of native Singaporeans or mandate of true blue Singaporean to rule if PAP do not have more than 50% true blue Singapore citizen support.The mandate from election which consist of both new citizens and true blue Singaporeans is different from the mandate from true blue Singaporeans. We cannot let Singapore be rule by people who win election because of new citizens because new citizen interest will come before true blue Singaporeans interest. We don’t want a situation where PAP making new citizen life better than true blue Singaporeans in issues such as in NS, benefits and welfare.

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  • Peace plan:

    NEH should speak politely as he is educated and not get angry with Mun Wai’s questions! what is wrong in giving a narration before asking the questions? In case he and the day speaker are still cooning, This is to give context to the questions.

    After all, they are good questions and will serve nEH and is family too if those

    Escaped NS at age 30 and over still enjoy the perks Singapore dishes out routinely.

    One of your Mp is also enjoying such perks and earning tax dollars, right too ?

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  • Harder Truths:

    Slightly off the beaten track (but still on this topic), how many of our NSF who have been jabbed with the death shot will get myocarditis or some of the other diseases now associated with the jab? This gives the slogan ‘dying for one’s country’ a new twist.

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/08/08/a-father-calls-the-pharmacist-who-gave-his-son-a-vaccination-and-myocarditis/

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  • NotMyProblem:

    At the start of National Service, we knew what we were defending. We have jobs. We have families. We have our lives style and our living to protect.

    But now our jobs were taken away. We’re unable to start a family, too expensive because of foreigners. We’ve problem fighting to stay alive, so how to defend the country. Even the country belongs to everybody, foreigners included.

    Do we expect Singaporeans to defend the country, let alone foreigners. How to fight when you are worried by the fact that 40% of the population is foreigners. Will they be shooting at you from behind?

    How to convince new citizen to serve NS, when Singapore is not their country?

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  • JV:

    NotMyProblem:
    At the start of National Service, we knew what we were defending. We have jobs. We have families. We have our lives style and our living to protect.

    But now our jobs were taken away. We’re unable to start a family, too expensive because of foreigners. We’ve problem fighting to stay alive, so how to defend the country. Even the country belongs to everybody, foreigners included.

    Do we expect Singaporeans to defend the country, let alone foreigners. How to fight when you are worried by the fact that 40% of the population is foreigners. Will they be shooting at you from behind?

    How to convince new citizen to serve NS, when Singapore is not their country?

    This is Singapore. If you can`t think your OWN thoughts, what freedom do you have? We don`t have this right. Paper is one thing. Implementation is another. We are essentially Chinapore.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Again, pap left balls not talking to right balls.

    LHL’s ND message speaks of on-going global insecurity, said only way is for SG to “look to our Total Defense”. But didn’t his defense minister just couple of days back indicated only 15% of new citizens are doing NS? The other 85% just free riding on the pappies ticket, hor? Does that sounds like Total Defense or Total BS? New citizens exempted from NS but cannot be drafted into other non-combat roles like construction, medical manning, fire fighting, neighborhood patrolling, rubbish disposal, cleaning toilets, etc, hor? Seems like most expensive PM doesn’t know what is Total Defense. Or just lip service, insincere, talking lan-cheow, wayang for the camera.

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  • Observer:

    One way to increase NS recruit numbers is to allow all Singaporean men to marry many foreign wives (in addition to their one Singaporean wives).

    Sons of Singaporean man and foreign women have higher probability of serving NS.

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  • Asd:

    I think jia lat how come got so many uneducated people who don’t understand simple question get in to parliment ar

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  • Chief long tongue:

    Evasive answers means somebody isnt speaking the whole truth.

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