This will help him mingle with lower-income heartland Singaporeans.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has received his National Service call-up notification.
This after he said on MediaCorp’s Chinese-language station Capital 95.8FM for a live radio talk show on June 23, 2015, that staying in a HDB flat for five years is like males serving NS for two years, which will help nation-building and interaction with the community.
Singaporeans from all walks of life, particularly those who have served NS for two years and who are staying in HDB flats all their lives, said they are excited to hear this news.
One Singaporean, Cheng Hu Chu, said: “I have been serving NS my whole life. In fact, I have served NS twice: Once when I enlisted when I was 18 years old and since young I have been staying in a HDB flat ever since.”
“So that means I’ve done my reservist training twice also, in this case.”
“It is great to see ministers move into HDB flats and serve NS with regular Singaporeans side-by-side and interact with the community.”
“Or else, ministers will not understand what commoners go through in their daily lives because Bukit Timah bungalows don’t offer this kind of perspectives.”
“I hope to see more PAP ministers go for NS soon, in particular, Lee Hsien Loong.”
Khaw Boon Wan is an excellent speaker: