Ladies and Gentlemen,
Not a day goes by without Singaporean young men Emailing or calling me from Singapore and overseas on how to avoid national service.
On a moral question, there are many reasons why not to serve national service in that island.
Firstly, Singapore island as a whole is simply a fraud. In government you have a dictatorship of 90 year old Lee Kuan Yew for the last 52 years.
Second, you have a shameful nepotism. Lee places his son as Prime Minister. There is no rule of law, which is an instrument to destroy political opponents through libel actions and contempt of court charges.
The island does not allow the basic freedoms you take for granted anywhere else, no free speech, no right to freedom of expression, no freedom of the press. And all these things are done in violation of the Constitution which demands a democracy, not a dictatorship.
In this disgusting dictatorship, you may rightfully ask why do national service for a country which is simply a big fraud; a 90 year old Lee Kuan Yew million dollar fraud.
In effect if you serve national service, you are serving the dictatorship and enriching them even more, the main if not the only reason to avoid service.
Now the consequences of avoiding national service.
I understand that if sons are a certain age before 18, the parents are required to guarantee a monetary bond of many thousands of dollars as security for their sons to return.
If the parents are still in Singapore, they would be liable in the Singapore courts if they fail to pay for their son's refusal to serve. If the parents are abroad, Singapore will have to commence action in the foreign country to force you to pay and this is difficult because courts in democracies look down on lawsuits such as this. For example in the US you can ask to do community work instead of armed combat.
However if the guarantee is secured through your assets in Singapore, you would lose it, because the Singapore court will simply redeem the guarantee amount.
As for the son who is abroad, he need not go back if he does not want to. Refusal to serve national service is not an extraditable offence. Singapore cannot make you go back. You are safe as long as you remain abroad. However, unless the laws change in Singapore, you can never go back. If you do, you will go to jail.
Many ask me if their liability still exists if they adopt foreign citizenship. The answer is yes. Liability to serve does not change just because you are no longer a Singapore citizen. It arises because you were born in Singapore.
The government is losing huge numbers of young men who are going abroad and not returning. This news is encouraging. I would advise you not to do national service for Singapore. It is a disgraceful dictatorship which abuses laws to remain in power.
By your refusing to serve, you are adding to the brain drain which is hurting the Lee Kuan Yew regime very badly. And anything you do to hurt them goes that much way to deposing them.
So I would advice you to avoid national service by going abroad and remaining abroad. I am sure this regime is not going to last much longer after the 90 year old lee Kuan Yew in failing health dies. At that time, both you and I and everyone else who is abroad in exile will return to a freer and democratic Singapore.
One last point of clarification. Please do not think I am against national service or military service per se. I am not. I would gladly serve in the military in Switzerland if I had been born there, or in Sweden or Norway or in any other respectable country. I think military service is a good thing. It instills discipline and a sense of outdoors and adventure. It also teaches you how to shoot. I like that. I like adventure and excitement as is evident by my life story, coming to Europe and America. Although I did it myself before, I am against doing national service for Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. The island is simply a fraud. And spending your time in national service there is tantamount to furthering the interests of that dictatorship.
To anyone who asks why I did it, I can only say that I was not the Gopalan Nair that I am now when I did it.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525