The logic of National Service (NS) is clearly elucidated in policy and how we train our National Servicemen. Sheer logic alone, however, cannot persuade. Any dialogue on NS must take into account what it means to Servicemen at the individual and societal level. The modern understanding of the “citizen soldier” is very much rooted in the ideals of 18th century revolutionary France where the Levee en masse came to represent the concept of the right and obligation of the democratic citizen to bear arms in defence of his community and nation-state.
In his interview with the Straits Times, the Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam said “it’s in Singapore’s interest that you do have a dominant party”. The responses from netizens were predictable. The general mood amongst netizens is probably reflected in a swift response from one netizen - “fat hope”. Another argued that the days of one party domination of parliament by the PAP were over.
No wonder the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) flashed it's advertisement on telly last night again. You know, the one that has an old lady at a food court whinging about how her boss treats her. The happy ending has same lady saying "I know my rights", and the recalcitrant boss recanting, "I do it right". The stuff of fairy tales.
"I have seen many posts about parents recently. They make the inside of me jump a little. This is a confession from a mummy’s boy. I have been tagged or labelled by many as the mummy’s boy. "If I was going to stay out late, I would call my mum to let her know. Before I went home or after a meal out with my friends, I would call back to see if mum needed anything like food or household stuff.
There’s nothing wrong to be operationally alert and ready. But to create a situation where there’s a bogeyman out to eat our children when there’s none in the first place? What is this nonsense of “securing the sea lanes that deliver imported food and energy” is this deranged guy yakking about? The sea lanes that allow ships to move in and out of Singapore is controlled by our neighbours, Malaysia and Indonesia. We are good as a land-locked country. If at all, if he means that the sea lanes have remained open and that’s why we are able to progress, it means that our neighbours have either been extremely nice to us to allow passage, or they are the real heroes behind the scene keeping that passage passable so that we can benefit!
Public transport in Singapore ranks ahead of Hong Kong and European cities such as Paris and Amsterdam while taxi service in Singapore ranks the second best, according to a TripAdvisor survey. Survey results were based on more than 75,000 responses and looks at how international and local travellers view forty key tourist cities around the world. Singapore ranks second place for 'Best Taxi Services', with Tokyo coming out tops.
More estranged partners are taking their fights online, drawing battle lines with their friends in social media and washing dirty linen in public, said divorce lawyers and counsellors here. Some cautioned against such a public display of hostility. Mr John Vasavan, 53, who has been a volunteer relationship counsellor for about 30 years, said: "If a couple continues (dishing dirt) online and don't talk to each other, the relationship becomes even more strained.
In the case of the town council, town council are the owner while MA is just a middleman managing the properties. So as to say, the management of the town council had actually being “OUTSOURCE” to the MA. My main question here is: do the management of the town council necessary need to be outsource to MA? The answer from me is a firm NO! Let me list out the reasons why management of the town council is not necessary to be out source.
We went over to Steph to pass Mr E some stuff, who happened to be there to retrieve important resources. We ended up having free dinner and even stayed to watch a movie, Ah Boys to Men (1&2). I have never been a Jack Neo fan and I knew the movie will be full of propaganda as usual but I enjoyed the movie thoroughly, mainly due to the scenes depicting national service life, invoking bittersweet memories of the three Singaporean men watching it.