Servicing the Nation (NS)


Well, it is an honor to be listed in the Singapore Daily website for the article I’ve posted in my Street71 site.
“The Passing of Dr. Allan Ooi” section.

Here is the screen capture:

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Plenty of people disagree with Tan Hau Teck’s comment and regretted that TODAY newspaper has published such silly irresponsible and senseless comment of such a typical self-centered and selfish Singaporeans.

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I just could not believe it, this person “Letter from Tan Hau Teck” – wrote a reply in the publicly listed free newspaper on which everyone should have been reading (specially those who ride public transport kind of people)… “Dr. Allan Ooi’s Death.. Rather Then Point The Finger”.

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Here is in the reply letter published that “Tan Hau Teck” wrote in that newspaper – the clips is attached in here above:

  • **However, I totally disagree with some of the comments about how Mindef is to blame for his death. Now, it could be that Dr Ooi’s job in the Singapore Armed Forces was a rather stressful one. He probably wasn’t happy, and he didn’t want to be bonded. However, he was the one who signed on the dotted line. He knew what he was getting into when he signed the Local Study Award. And his extension of bond came about because he went for further specialist training — training which he consented to. If he did not want to be bonded, why did he go for further training? Some argue that he was too young to bond his life away like that.

Well, that is a slippery slope argument. If he’s too young to sign a bond, then how old must one be? And perhaps then we should increase the age for young men to serve National Service or to get married, as they are probably too young to hold a rifle or to have a family too, right?

I can’t believe that his family is asking for an inquiry into his death. Who will pay for this inquiry? Why should tax payers shoulder the “blame” for his death? If anything, the family should examine how, if Dr Ooi was as unhappy as they say, no one picked up the signs that he was going absent without official leave (Awol), and subsequently committed suicide. He had written in to HQ Military Corp in July, and he only went Awol in October. What did his family and friends do in that three months? And why didn’t anyone fly over to Australia in the three months he was Awol?

There are many questions to be answered in this case, and unfortunately, not all of them can be answered by Mindef. Instead of always pointing the finger … perhaps it’s time we look around us and see what we can do for the people near us.***

And here is what actually written in yesterday published newspaper column, about the actual letter from Dr. Allan Ooi before his death:

  • **The following is an excerpt of his last email: “My job was terrible — no joy, no satisfaction, 10 to 14 hours a day of nothing. A prison. One of my own forging, perhaps, by signing a contract with the SAF at the

age of 18. Youth was not an excuse, yes, but I refused to accept being deceived into believing things about the nature of my employment that were simply untrue.

“Twelve years of bonded service became potentially 15 or 16, became unbreakable. How can a bond be unbreakable? How can it be extended at will by an administration, simply by passing a paper? “And how can the people subject to this bond not even question it, but instead sit in silent resentment and ultimate dissatisfaction?

“I was angry, so angry, which stemmed ultimately from a sense of waste and imprisonment so profound that I had no choice but to leave it entirely. To the people within this system, please change it to better benefit yourselves and future generations, instead of creating a self-perpetuating cycle of, at best, painful obligation, and at worst, utter despair.

“That was certainly the main cause for my severing of ties.’’ ***

The article:

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Will Mr. Tan Hau Teck do what he declare “do NOT blame tax payers to the death of Dr. Ooi”, if this happened to his own bright-future son who might be a doctor, with specialist training in UK (NOT Singapore btw)… will he still be able to do what he said? – Or he’s just doing fishing in a cloudy-water?

Every normal-minded parent will definitely do that legal-action and the same as Dr. Ooi’s family, which I think they’re also a well-known family with a bright-future son…

I was just wondering why Mr. Tan did not think, why Dr. Ooi went to “Australia” the haven for all people from Singapore safest-place… and why Mr. Tan never thinks that such a brilliant person, a doctor, a specialist, a dog “huskies” lover would do such a short-simplest mind and (like newspaper and public declared) do commit suicide?

So is he really commit suicide? – If so, why must be under Sydney Harbour Bridge? – Where I think must be a very crowded place (even I’ve never been there)… and should have been plenty of people saw him before he “commit suicide”, which I believe Australian will never be so ignorant (like in Singapore’s train youth-beaten incident) to see such ‘accident’.

  • **”There are many questions to be answered in this case, and unfortunately, not all of them can be answered by Mindef. Instead of always pointing the finger … perhaps it’s time we look around us and see what we can do for the people near us.*** – Mr. Tan’s last comment is exactly how typical we are in Singapore… with the very best infamous commentary, that we all know for the Mas Selamat escape and never been captured back… “It happened… what can we do? Let’s put that aside. Let’s move on.”

Seems like Mr. Tan is the one who does not have any parent’s passionate love for their children! We pray for your family, Mr. Tan… that you would not have to go through what Dr. Allan Ooi’s family has gone through now.

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It is just getting rediculous, a doctor who is always clear-bright minded person, “ended” his life under the bridge in Sydney after several disappointment on his Mindef contract (READ: bond) for his scholarship, which keep getting extended beyond written black-n-white in the contract paper he signed when he was 18 years old.

Here is what the dead-doctor’s family’s written letter to newspaper, not sure whether it has been edited:

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Read on his “excerpt of email” on the paragraph article above, and his family is asking for independent inquiry panel with an “oversight powers” – to do the investigation. I really love to read the word ‘oversight powers’ – do we need this ‘extra powers’ to do an investigation against the mindef which aka. Government of Singapore?

Here is what article says…

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Nobody knows what actually happen, and nobody will ever know what actually happened, whether he commit suicide, ended his own life, murdered, push down the bridge, fell down to his death, or even slip from somewhere down to the bridge…

Again, one thing for sure.. another life has been wasted and this time is a bright brilliant doctor who has gotten his specialist training in UK, but all of them was “paid” by the SAF Scholarship (aka. Ministry of Defence of Singapore).

Somehow it reminds me of another similar case… from Singapore infamous David Hartanto NTU!

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Well… 52-year-old he must be a father, a loving husband, whose family will depend on him as a bread-winner, has gone during again the infamous NS reguler routine runs organized by his own unit.

When all these will have an end, when people are collapsing and die, when loving father, loving children, have to carry these obligation risking their own live and family-member, for what the main purpose of nobody even understand what? – when all these sufferring will come to an end?

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My condolences to the family member – may GOD be with you, and rest-in-peace Mr. Lim.

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Permanent Residence, the middle class who always get unfair treatment, as they pay the same amount of tax rate, same amount of CPF contribution every month.

ALSO… PR’s children (SON) has to join “Servicing the Nation” (NS) for the same period of wasting-years as Singapore citizens, 2 years.

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And now, aren’t these articles (and previous other articles) so sweetly introduce the begging request for Permanent Residence to join the NS? – while PR are also being squeezed in daily without any MONEY-FREE comes from Government.

Don’t you see these things are exist in Singapore?

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After has been several occassions, and it even become public secrets, that Permanent Residents, Foreigners in Singapore have been treated as ‘milk-ing cow’ for their own economy growth, with any single cents given back to them… as in this article:

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Still Singapore government ministry without any hesitation claims that Singaporeans, their own citizen, will come first in any growth and occassions and possibilities, as in this article below:

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What about those new comer Citizens who have converted sacrificing their own nature birth citizenship to be Singaporeans, will these flocks of people be considered as citizen and enjoy all what they keep saying as ‘benefit growth dividends’ or whatever terms they keep saying it as, or perhaps these flocks of foreign-born Singaporeans will not enjoy anything on what nature-born Singaporeans from their government?

Government still claims as they need in-flock immigrants into Singapore to grow their economy, to be Permanent Resident to supply CPF to their pool of monies, and to pay taxes to for their salary, their growth dividends, and their all Maternity and Parenthood Packages or whatever they call it will be on next year, and have their boys to be sent to NSmen with a single hope to stay alive in the ‘training’ – without any guarantee that any government-related ministry will be responsible in case any mishap happens.

FYI: West Malaysian people who become Singapore Permanent Resident will permanently be loosing their CPF money, without being able to withdraw back their money even in the case they surrender their PR status. On contrary, other country-born Singapore Permanent Resident will still have a chance to withdraw their CPF money out in the case they surrender their PR status, but with a single thing in mind, this type of person will never be able to get back the Singapore PR status in any time.

So you decide.

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What a waste of lifes, two sons died during NSmen training, and again there is NONE of government related ministry is responsible on them, as there is no foul-play or security breach found.

They are died due to Chronic Lung-related Pneumonia, and heat stroke on each of them respectively.

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Another COVER-UP ??? Nobody would ever know. Just make sure, second opinion of autopsy will be good to be done, by an independent doctor from overseas!

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