One third of male foreigners renounced their PR prior to entering NS – Dr Ng Eng Hen
Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012
National Service has been a contentious issue among Singaporeans who are growing increasingly disgruntled at the perceived disadvantage they suffer in comparison to the foreigners without NS liabilities.
Not only do foreigners have a two year head start in their careers upon graduation, they also do not have to go for IPPT or reservist training.
In an interview with the state media ahead of SAF Day, Dr Ng called on foreigners not to take up Singapore PR if their children do not have the intention to serve NS:
“Better don’t take up the PR if your children are not going to do NS. It’s as simple as that. In our system if you don’t fulfil your NS liabilities, even if you choose to give up your PR, there are harsh penalties. I have received many letters from families that are separated and they cannot come back to Singapore,” he added.
Dr Ng also said there will not be any major policy changes as the Defence Ministry had taken into account the impact of Singapore’s demographic changes.
It will not be increasing defence spending, the duration of National Service, In-Camp-Training cycles, nor adjust recruitment of regular soldiers.