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Letter writers showdown: Why nursing and being a soldier not suitable as NS stint

Letter writers showdown: Why nursing and being a soldier not suitable as NS stint

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A female writer faces off against a male writer about what is not suitable as an NS stint.

Female writer:
nursing-as-ns

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Male writer:

I read the response “Nursing not suitable as NS stint for women” by Muhammad Hafashah Mohd Aslam.

The Singapore Armed Forces has already got a lot of men signed on as regular career soldiers. It does not need to have more stress in the system with minimally trained individuals who become NSFs.

The career soldiers who work in SAF are highly trained professionals.

Soldiering also requires keen interest, passion and commitment. The long hours and heavy workload — because of the stupid GPMG — may not be suitable for conscripted individuals doing national service.

It is, therefore, definitely not wise to let boys who are 18 serving NS do menial tasks like climb a rope, do chin-ups and run, as these tasks require a trained understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as pathophysiology.

Unless if you’re a monkey, you will not do them very well and naturally.

Trying to boost the SAF with more conscripted soldiers is a noble intention, but the job requires a high level of passion and knowledge.

There are other ways of serving the nation; getting boys to do a soldiering stint as part of NS might not be the best solution.

For example, getting Permanent Residents to do NS will be good.

Lim Na Beh

 

 

 

 

Retail sector brings more joy to people than the Deputy PM

Retail sector brings more joy to people than the Deputy PM

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Shouldn’t we be celebrating the everyday workmen who keep Singapore’s economy humming instead?

In the latest brouhaha a few days ago, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean had to issue an apology and amendment to the Population White Paper in Parliament.

A segment of a footnote in the White Paper had classified nursing, together with retail, as a low-skilled job.

Footnote 12 on Page 40 of the White Paper to be deleted, originally read: “Certain low-skilled jobs like personal services, retail, and nursing are hard to offshore. They will still be needed even as the economy upgrades.”

DPM Teo’s apology: “This classification of low-skilled jobs is not correct. I would like to apologise to those whose professions have been unintentionally misrepresented”.

Well, there are certainly some civil servants out there who prepared the White Paper who think quite highly of themselves and what they do.

And aren’t the people in retail the ones who form the backbone of Singapore’s economy?

Take a look at this “low-skilled” ice cream retail man on the Orchard Road belt on the first day of a rainy Chinese New Year. He is bringing more joy to the people on the street than the Deputy Prime Minister for sure.

Ice cream man on the first day of Chinese New Year.

Ice cream man on the first day of Chinese New Year. Photo stolen from Agagooga http://twitpic.com/c2f5gk