Local polytechnic student calls for foreigners studying in JCs and polytechnics to serve NS
Posted by temasektimes on June 15, 2012
I read this article (http://spbuzz.sp.edu.sg/blog/2012/06/13/sp-grad-gets-first-class-honours-in-university/) with jealousy as a full time local student studying in a local polytechnic.
Having the opportunity to continue to study in local university NTU after graduating from local polytechnic or Junior College without going through NS is truly a blessing for him, thanks to our PAP Pro-Foreign students policy.
Foreign students in Junior Colleges and local polytechnics has the privilege of not serving NS after graduating and directly gain entry to local university if they do well. Unfortunately, local poly and JC students have to be disrupted for either one year ten months or two years to do their compulsory National Service.
This is indeed an irritating disruption to many local male students as some students has developed an entrepreneurial or commercialized business model for companies or for themselves during their Final Year Project. After working so hard and developed a feasible project for the industry, the poor male students have to go for the compulsory NS while their ideas are taken away by companies, not be able to patent their own ideas or to keep track the process, but, only to see companies used their feasible and hard-work ideas to turn into huge profit and in the end, they gain nothing.
I do hope to see the government could come up with some policies to allow foreign students to serve NS. Many foreign male students are taking the advantage of schooling in our local polytechnic and junior colleges, while pending their citizenship as foreign student while preventing it to be converted to Permanent Resident so they could skip doing National Service.
As our population is increasing, our defense forces could not solely depend on Local Male Singaporeans. We need to increase our defense forces ie. soldiers to defense our country. PM is so concern about our economic growth, and encouraging more foreigners to work in Singapore, but, why does he not concerning the figure of our soldiers, should’t that once our population increase, our defense force should increase too just like China is increasing their defense forces annually.
Due to our limited number of male singaporeans serving NS, should he recruit young foreign male students after studying in local JC and poly to serve NS too after they graduate to tally our increasing population with our defense forces? How could our current defense forces manpower protect the increasing population in 5-10 years down the road?
Should our soldiers include foreign students too instead of allowing them pending their citizenship and gain entry to local university after graduating from polytechnic and JC or follow their parents to other country for further education right after they graduate when their age is also same as our local male student age 17-20?
What do you think?
*The above is currently a full-time student in a local polytechnic