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NSFs to be honoured on July 1 SAF Day by letting them sit down on public transport

NSFs to be honoured on July 1 SAF Day by letting them sit down on public transport

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This is to honour their time in service.

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Full Time National Servicemen (NSFs) will get to sit down on public transport on SAF Day held on July 1.

This is to honour NSFs for contributing more than two years of their lives throughout their lifetime to Singapore’s defensive capabilities.

Allowing them a chance to take a seat on public buses and trains for one day a year is the first time this initiative has been undertaken since SAF Day started in 1969.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe serving NS is a must even for foreigners, said this is a first step towards a society that cares for soldiers.

One Singaporean, Kee Zho Peng, said: “NSFs must also be allowed to kiss their girlfriends, wives or mistresses in public on SAF Day.”

“This will at least allow them to feel like a normal human being on this one day a year because they have to hold back the rest of the time.”

Other locals said more should be done to promote the welfare of soldiers.

Another local, Ann Nasev, said: “All NSFs must be allowed to automatically pass their IPPT on July 1 every year.”

“That would allow NSFs to feel appreciated the most.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





NSF no place to sit down because MRT train carriage full, reports his Third Eye

NSF no place to sit down because MRT train carriage full, reports his Third Eye

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Now that’s tough.

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A full-time national serviceman seen standing in one of the train carriages has confirmed that he could not sit down as the train was fully packed, contrary to eye witness accounts and photographic proof that the train was empty at that time.

The NSF, who gave his name as Kwa Teo Kwee, said: “When I’m outfield, it is also always quite crowded, a lot of children crying and even elderly men and women asking for directions to go home.”

“They will also ask me if I have seen their belongings and the last place they went to was YMCA at Stamford Road or that they were last at Changi beach but now they are here.”

“Some of them will ask me for help and ask where is their family or how do they find the gate and the bridge to go over but I try not to talk to them. At least not that often. And they do get angry.”

“And that’s when accidents happen.”

“It’s not that I don’t want to sit down. But there is just no where to sit. It is impolite to take other’s seats. Especially without asking, or maintaining eye contact first.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





NSF cannot sit down because MRT train carriage is full, reports his Third Eye

NSF cannot sit down because MRT train carriage is full, reports his Third Eye

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Now that’s tough.

nsf-train-stand

A full-time national serviceman seen standing in one of the train carriages has confirmed that he could not sit down as the train was fully packed, contrary to eye witness accounts and photographic proof that the train was empty at that time.

The NSF, who gave his name as Kwa Teo Kwee, said: “When I’m outfield, it is also always quite crowded, a lot of children crying and even elderly men and women asking for directions to go home.”

“They will also ask me if I have seen their belongings and the last place they went to was YMCA at Stamford Road or that they were last at Changi beach but now they are here.”

“Some of them will ask me for help and ask where is their family or how do they find the gate and the bridge to go over but I try not to talk to them. At least not that often. And they do get angry.”

“And that’s when accidents happen.”

“It’s not that I don’t want to sit down. But there is just no where to sit. It is impolite to take other’s seats. Especially without asking, or maintaining eye contact first.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











NSFs say being made to do push-ups, run 2.4km is illegal and manifestly unlawful

NSFs say being made to do push-ups, run 2.4km is illegal and manifestly unlawful

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Being made to do push-ups is against human rights.

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Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) from all vocations have come out strongly to condemn the actions of their superiors.

This after it emerged in court on Dec. 18, 2014 that an NSF who did not have Class 3 driving licence was ordered to drive a jeep by his superior, which resulted in it flipping and killing someone else.

This led the district judge to say in his judgment: “Perhaps one positive outcome of this case is that NSFs now know that they do not need to obey a manifestly illegal or unlawful order.”

This prompted NSFs to sound out.

One NSF, See Baey Chuan, said: “I cannot do 20 push-ups in a row or run under 10 minutes and 30 seconds as my body is not cut out for this kind of action.”

“Thank you judge, from now on I do not need to obey this kind of manifestly illegal and unlawful order anymore.”

Other NSFs also said they will not follow instructions they do not agree with.

Bu Zheng Qi, another soldier, said: “I have never stand-by-bed at home before so to ask me to stand-by-bed in camp is also a manifestly illegal and unlawful order that I will not follow from now on.”

 

Other NSF news:

NSman’s grandmother signs up for SAF Volunteer Corps with Naval Diving Unit

NSF recruits say monthly SAF allowance of $480 is ‘not derisory enough’

SAF halts all training, deems war misogynistic, offensive

SAF delivers Hello Kitties in time, prevents social chaos

SMRT to replace bus drivers with NSFs

Kind deed by NSF earns him early ORD

Kind deed by NSF earns him early ORD

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He also gets to complete lesser cycles of reservist training.

The NSF's kind deed has earned him a medal and SAF better publicity.

The NSF’s kind deed has earned him a medal and SAF better publicity.

An 18-year-old NSF who was caught on camera helping an elderly man while wearing his No. 4 fatigue uniform has been awarded a medal of bravery by the SAF.

His deed was lauded by his superiors in camp as being exceptional, as no one thought NSFs who are starting their National Service stint are anything but a “chao recruit”.

Supreme General of the Army, Jin Seow Onn, said of his man’s antics: “I believe this is good publicity for the SAF, which is usually in the news for fatalities and injuries to NSFs that tend to the hog headlines.”

This is the third time the SAF has awarded the medal of bravery. Last year, an NSF was awarded for giving up without a fight when a robber made off with his SAR 21 rifle.

And earlier this year, Vikram Nair was awarded for risking life, limb and pussy magnet to park in a dangerous spot.

To further reward the recruit, he will get to serve only nine months of NS in total and he will be subsequently eligible for shorter reservist training cycles.

However, coming under heavy fire is Stomp, the website by SPH that is run by nincompoops, where the NSF’s picture was initially uploaded without his knowledge.

They breached the young soldier’s right to privacy this time and they are previously known to publish fake news as real news.

Pampered soldiers? Blame the parents

Pampered soldiers? Blame the parents

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For every pampered Gen Y soldier out there, there are thousands more who are fiercely independent, says full-time National Serviceman Shawn Lim.

IT’S coming to a year since I’ve last blogged, but now I couldn’t resist finally writing in my Moleskine notebook. How apt is it that my last blog post the same topic too.

You would all know by now that a picture involving a maid carrying a backpack for a full-time National Serviceman has generated furore online.  The picture was first posted on Facebook, and soon after, it went viral.

STOMP picked it up, The Straits Times picked it up and as you can always expect from Singaporeans, a big brouhaha was created. It has even resulted in many parodies, such as the one on the left.

Suddenly, every man in my generation who has ever served National Service (NS) or who are serving NS were stereotyped with statements like ‘Aiyo, Gen Y soldiers are softies leh’, ‘Gen Y soldiers too pampered lah’.

But I understand the angry and disappointed reactions from men who have been through NS. Men’s Health writer, Khazmin Juma’In summed it up best when he wrote ‘For many of us guys, it’s a big slap across the face because we’ve all been through (NS)’

Let me put on record that for every Gen Y soldier that you see in the picture above, there are thousands more who are fiercely independent. So nope, Gen Y soldiers are not ‘sisses’, ‘softies’ or whatever that is being labelled on us just because of one picture.

While I draw the line at maids, or even parents helping their sons/employer’s son to wash their uniforms or picking them up from camps, carrying their field pack is downright disgraceful and unacceptable.

Yes, granted that we men have no choice but to serve the nation since it’s a conscripted army, most of us understand that through this process, it will toughen us up and help us grow up.

Basic Military Training in the SAF includes a mandatory confinement where new recruits are not allowed to go home for 2 weeks and are forced to be independent in a new surrounding with new friends and with commanders barking orders at them.

BMT changes a boy’s perception of things, forces him to think of who will he defend when Singapore goes to war. This process is what changes a boy in to a man. Looks like the boy in the picture above did not learn anything.

The boy (I’m refusing to call this recruit a man or even a soldier), has sadly, not seen the significance of serving NS.

There is a belief in some quarters that Gen Y soldiers are ‘spoilt’ and ‘soft’ because their parents pampered them or allowed their maids to treat their sons like kings.

I fully agree with that observation. Yes, the boy is in the wrong in asking the maid to hold his field pack, but the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the parents.

If you think that this Gen Y is too ‘soft’, it gets worse. In a previous blog post, ‘Spoilt kids: Whose fault?’, I observed maids and parents still feeding kids who looked old enough to eat their food themselves.

General Elections are upon us soon. Calls for the voting age to be reduced from 21 to 18 has been getting louder since the last election.

The argument is that since 18 year olds are already taught to hold a rifle (18 is the age where Singaporean males are conscripted), why can’t they have a say in Singapore’s politics? I hold firm to this argument. But pictures like those above doesn’t help people like me in our quest for the voting the age to be reduced.

It is a vicious cycle. This boy in the picture is being treated like a king by his maid, and he will most likely allow his children to be treated the same way.

Parents, get the picture already? We need men, not boys to defend Singapore when push comes to shove.

This article was originally published on Shawn’s blog. Edited and republished with permission.

To read about how the SAF is allegedly on a manhunt now for the maid and the boy, click here.

To find out who is REALLY behind the photo, click here.

Manhunt on for full-time National Serviceman and maid involved in photo, blogger alleges

Manhunt on for full-time National Serviceman and maid involved in photo, blogger alleges

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By David Boey

This is the footpath off Bedok Rise used by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) soldier, believed to be a full-time National Serviceman (NSF), and a woman carrying a fullpack, believed to be his domestic helper, who appeared in that iconic image. To the right of this footpath is the public housing estate which is home to an NSF who made headlines in 2007, Dave Teo. Photo and caption: DAVID BOEY

PLAINCLOTHES officers believed to be from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) combed a housing estate in Bedok on Saturday (2 April’11) for the individuals in the infamous picture of a maid carrying a fullpack – but failed to find their targets.

The officers gathered along Bedok Rise, which is near the Tanah Merah MRT station, for a quick debrief yesterday evening and were observed by this blogger. The group stood out in the quiet estate because I have seen police surveillance teams in action and somehow sensed the group did not fit in with the streetscape.

One officer was overheard updating an unnamed party via mobilephone that there were x targets for the day and the maid at one premises was not in.

What gave the game away was an A4 size colour photocopy of two pictures in a local newspaper story that compared the real picture with a fake image of the anonymous soldier, believed to be a full-time National Serviceman (NSF), and a woman whom netizens believe is his domestic helper. Pictures in the 90C story were enlarged and printed in portrait format, possibly to serve as a handy reference for the officers. (By uncanny coincidence, I used the same picture as reference but saved an image of the newspaper article on my mobilephone. I felt it was more discrete as observers would think I was checking my SMS messages whenever I looked at the image on the phone.)

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For a full-time National Serviceman’s views on the maid issue, click here.

To find out who is REALLY behind the photo, click here.

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