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AMARE: ‘Not giving benefits to NSmen same as closing down shopping centres to women’

Posted on 27 April 2014

It is against human rights.

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Local men’s rights group AMARE (Association of Men for Action and Reaction) has hit back against self-declared women’s rights association, AWARE.

This after AWARE said this past week that NSmen should not be given enhanced housing, healthcare and education benefits just because they have served National Service and many years of reservist training.

This stirred anger online because this is tantamount to denying men payback for two years of sacrifice.

Akshun Bayday, president of the men’s rights group, has since joined the discussion and said there is a need to explain things in a context women understand: “For women, we need to explain it this way: Stopping benefits for NSmen is akin to closing down shopping centres for women. How would women feel if they didn’t have the basic right of going to shopping centres because there weren’t any?”

The men’s rights leader also said there is no use pushing AWARE to advocate women taking up National Service if they really wanted equality.

Bayday said: “Think about it this way: If Singaporean men did not do National Service to protect the country in the first place, will there be so many shopping centres for women to go to?”

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