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S’poreans react to S’pore-born New Zealand teen who faces jail for avoiding national service call-up

Posted on 24 January 2016

Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


A 19-year-old teen born in Singapore but moved to New Zealand when he was eight is seeking an exemption from national service.

Singapore authorities have demanded that Brandon Smith, who lives in the city of Dunedin, report for a pre-enlistment medical screening.

If he fails to comply, he faces a two-year jail term and a $10,000 fine when he re-enters Singapore.

Smith, who holds dual citizenship and can only renounce his Singapore citizenship when he turns 21, said spending two years doing NS was “difficult and pointless”.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “This doesn’t live up to the New Zealand haka warrior warmongering spirit.”
Da Zhan, 43-year-old frying pan salesperson


sian-half-uncle “He is already showing that he is not a true blue Singaporean as he don’t know how to malinger.”
Chao Keng, 63-year-old wound dresser


happy-bird-girl “This shows Singapore’s flexibility in handling the situation, giving him a choice between never coming back or going to jail.”
Xuan Zhe, 17-year-old survey administrator










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  • Tamarindwalk

    Wisest thing for him is to renounce his Singapore citizenship. He doesn’t live in Singapore and really has no need for it if he is a New Zealander.