I can’t help but want to blog about this after reading the Facebook posting by Mr Hri Kumar Nair, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.
My proposal is therefore a simple one. All PRs and foreigners must pay additional income and property tax to be called a National Defence Duty. In short, we do duty, they pay a duty.
The rationale is simple – since PRs and foreigners cannot contribute manpower to our SAF and Home Team, they make a financial contribution to the protection and preservation of their lives, families, jobs, investments and properties.
Firstly, I must thank MP Hri Kumar for recongising the sacrifice by all male Singaporeans. But please do not cheapen our 2 1/2 years of National Service and 10 In Camp training by putting a price tag on it. I find it insulting when MP Hri Kumar suggest that PRs and foreigners pay additional income and property tax. Nothing can make up for the time we serve. Putting a price tag on it is just degrading and insulting to all those who served the nation, especially those who suffer permanent injuries and families of those who died during NS. It only reminds me of pianist Melvyn Tan who was fined S$3,000 and forfeited the S$30,000 security deposit when he defaulted National Service.
Do not cheapen our contribution to the nation.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining and not asking the Government to give us anything in return for the time spend serving the nation. It is our duty as Singaporeans to protect and defend our country. If we don’t do it, nobody will.
If you really want to do something, then why not make all male PRs and foreigners below 40 years old do community service or serve in Civil Defence? I’m sure PRs and foreigners who truly wants to contribute to Singapore won’t mind spending a week every year to give back to this nation.