PM Lee: I ‘think’ we owe NSmen something
Posted by temasektimes on October 12, 2012
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was so moved by what he saw during a tour of Exercise Wallaby in Australia at Rockhampton that he paid tribute to NSmen for their sacrifices made to the nation over the years.
PM Lee, who is on an official visit to Australia, told reporters that Singapore has “not done badly” in maintaining the commitment to NS, more so when the Republic has been blessed with 45 years of peace.
In his latest post on his Facebook, PM Lee wrote:
“An exciting visit to Exercise Wallaby at Rockhampton and Shoalwater Bay today… In the live firing exercise I saw not only Leopard Tanks and Terrex fighting vehicles, but also computer systems networking our units, close cooperation between the soldiers on the ground and Apache attack helicopters, and new fighting concepts and tactics.”
He also paid tribute to the NSmen training in the exercise:
“For them to spend 20-odd days overseas continuously like this for the country, I think we owe them something.”
All Singapore born men have to go through 2 years of compulsory National ‘Service’ followed by another 13 years or so of reservist training which not only disrupt their career, but put them in a disadvantage in the labor market as employers prefer foreigners without NS obligations.