Since my last blog post on Singapore’s national service “Singapore National Service Injustice, young men should take to the streets” dated March 7, 2011, I have been receiving numerous queries from both parents and young men who either refuse to do national service or are overseas and worried about returning. Let me restate the consequences of not doing national service or absconding and not returning.
Personally I am happy to note that increasing numbers are trying to avoid it. I consider the
The following are the points once again.
1. If you want to avoid national service in
by leaving the island you should keep this in mind. The good news is, avoiding national service is not an extraditable offence. Therefore once you are overseas, Singapore cannot get you back to punish you. The bad news is, you will never be able to return. If you ever did, they will arrest you and send you to jail. Singapore
2. There are countless Singaporeans out there in the
US, and elsewhere who are in these shoes. The only problem they face is the inability to return. For most this should not be a problem since Canada is only a tiny dot out there. You can go to Singapore and have more or less the same experience. Malaysia
3. I have been asked if you could be put on the Interpol list. Again as this act is not extraditable, Interpol is not involved. No problem on that score.
4. I am often asked if taking on foreign citizenship can protect you. The answer is no. If they find you in
, no matter what citizenship, they will get you. As long as you stay away from Singapore , you are fine. Singapore
5. Remember, those refusing to do national service in
are indirectly doing the cause of freedom and democracy there great good. The vast majority of young talented Singaporeans caught in this trap abroad are the very ones Singapore badly needs. The majority are college graduates in US, Singapore Canada, and other Western countries. As a result of this thoroughly misconceived policy, Australia is denied their vast amount of expertise. A vast talent pool is simply lost. Moreover they hate Singapore for what it is doing to them, spreading that hatred among anyone they come across. They have become unwittingly a very effective 5th Column working against Lee Ruling Family’s Singapore . Singapore
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