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Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen known as out “deceptive statements” made by Leong Mun Wai of the Progress Singapore Social gathering (PSP) on national service (NS) finished by new citizens.

In a particular ministerial assertion within the Aug. 2 sitting of Parliament, Ng gave numbers on NS participation charges, but in addition spent a while addressing and debunking sure claims made by Leong, the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament.

Leong Mun Wai’s assertion is inaccurate and deceptive: Ng

Ng started by referring to the earlier Parliamentary sitting on July 5.

In a supplementary query following his reply on sporting privileges for national servicemen, Leong asserted that “citizens by registration are not doing national service”.

“Mr Leong’s assertion is inaccurate and deceptive,” stated Ng. He revealed that since 2000, on common, 3,400 new citizens are registered annually, who’ve been or will probably be enlisted in national service.

All male Singapore citizens and everlasting residents between the ages of 18 to 40 for non-officers, and 50 for officers, are liable to serve national service. Nevertheless, males who obtain citizenship as mature adults, sometimes of their 30s and 40s, are not enlisted.

They are not appropriate for full time NS at that age, and so they “didn’t get pleasure from any advantages previous to their citizenship.”

Young male new citizens are enlisted

Nevertheless, new male citizens who stayed in Singapore whereas young and loved financial and social advantages are enlisted once they attain 18 years previous, or older.

They quantity on common 3,400 annually, which represent about half of all new male citizens registered this 12 months.

Ng: Leong ought to’ve waited for Mindef’s reply

Ng defined that the Ministry of Defence ready the identical reply in Might as a result of Leong filed an analogous query then, however he withdrew as a result of there was no sitting that month.

“Even earlier than the July sitting, Mr Leong had been repeating these deceptive statements in two Fb posts, one in late Might and the opposite in first July,” Ng stated.


Might“Let there be little question that for each young male citizen, whether or not by delivery registration or descent, the NS liabilities are the identical, we don’t differentiate,” Ng stated.

“On a subject as vital as national service, Mr Leong ought to have waited for Mindef’s reply, or sought the total information,” Ng added.

Growing proportion of NS enlistees are new citizens and PRs

Ng additionally stated that this coverage shouldn’t be new, not less than 40 years previous, and the related info is well obtainable on-line.

“This lengthy-standing coverage has served our defence wants. Over time, everlasting residents and young male new citizens have shaped an growing proportion of NS enlistees.

Within the early 2000s, young male new citizens and everlasting residents shaped 5 per cent of enlistees. Right now, they kind about 20 per cent of all enlisted full-time National servicemen.

“So what Mr Leong asserts, shouldn’t be true,” Ng stated, and continued, “I’ve determined that it’s vital to appropriate the deceptive statements put out by Mr Leong as a result of they strike on the foundations of fairness and universality that underpin National Service in Singapore.”

Ng added:

“Simply give it some thought. If pre-enlistees are misled into considering that new citizens of their age are exempted, the place will they’ve the center to serve National Service? Appropriate information should be put out to reassure the national servicemen within the SAF and the Dwelling Crew.

National Service is the bedrock of the SAF and our national defence. MPs have the obligation to ask questions and debate insurance policies, together with national service insurance policies on this Home, however they need to not make deceptive statements that may weaken National Service, the SAF and the Dwelling Crew.”

Leong asks for extra knowledge

In his clarification, Leong requested a “elementary query” in regards to the variety of new citizens who don’t serve NS.

After some again-and-forth, Ng acknowledged that the query has been “replied to”, specifically that on common because the 12 months 2000, 3,400 new citizens are registered annually, who’ve been or will probably be enlisted. Additionally, 20 per cent of all NS enlistees are made up of each new citizens and PRs.

Leong stated he would file a new parliamentary query within the subsequent sitting.

Prime picture from MCI YouTube.


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