I always believe that it is the duty of every male Singaporean to enter National Service and serve in the Army for 2 1/2 years (recently reduced to 2 years). After all, this is our land. If we don’t defend it, who will?
And after the 2 1/2 years of full time national service, we will get another 10 cycle of reservist (used to be 13 cycle), where we put down our work and return to army camp and refresh our combat skills. Every male singapore citizen is ready to pick up a M16 or SAR21 and defend singapore whenever there is a need.
But it sadden me to see people faking illness to escape army. I simply look down on these people. Yes, there are some people who cannot serve the army due to some medical conditions, it is still ok. At least they do their part for the country by doing some admin work in the army. But there are some who are physically fit, yet fake medical condition to escape army. These people, to me, are cowards. I’ve always hated these people.
But, recently, I got to read about 1 guy who is much worst than chao keng people. His name is Melvyn Tan. He was a singaporean who went to UK to learn music and refuse to return to serve the army. He stayed in UK for 28 years, playing piano and making a name for himself.
And now, he is coming back to play piano and take care of his aged whom he deserted 28 years ago. He was fined $5000 for defaulting his national service. No jail no nothing. This is just crap.
How many people were thrown into Detention Barrack for AWOL? Yet this guy got away with a $5000 fine. To add to the insult, National Arts Council invited him to be a jury member of a piano competition. And he is going to perform in esplanade. Its as if a hero welcome for a defaulter.
Yes, he is good at piano. So? Big FU*K? He escape from national service. Why should we welcome him back like a hero? Who is he to deserve such welcome? I don’t care if he can play piano with his dick or whatsoever. He AWOL, he should be thrown into jail or made to serve army. And not get away with a $5000 fine. My 2 1/2 yr of blood and sweat is just worth $5k? What about loyalty? Is he loyal to singapore? Or will he be on the 1st flight out of singapore should war break out?
This is our land. Not yours. Crawl back to the country where you have been hidding for the past 28 years. You are not welcome in our land. Don’t call yourself a singaporean, you are a disgrace to all those who served the army before.
I don’t serve my national service to protect this coward.