Monday, April 30, 2012

Plight of a Singaporean male

Recently, I was flattered to receive a long feedback from one of my readers, Hyom, to my previous post on a business idea to provide services to foreigners and PRs residing in Singapore. There was a lot of angry thinking in his response and I can also sense a tinge of injustice when he mentioned that he, as a Singapore citizen had to fork out much money for his tertiary education whilst foreigners of lesser talent received scholarship using our tax-payers monies. I thank him for his honest feedback and can relate 100% with him as I am a fellow Singaporean.

Life as a Singaporean male in Singapore is not easy. My wife is a 100% Singaporean, so is my brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, parents and grandparents. I, too, went through the tough education system and paid for it myself. I, too, earned S$300 a month as a NSF for 2.5 years. I, too, compete with FTs for jobs in the market. Having contributed (and still do) to National Defense and economic growth for many years, I wish the country, in turn, can do something for me and fellow Singaporean. I feel that we were taken for granted by the country for many years. As SAF celebrates 45 years of National Service this year, I hope the country takes into recognition the contribution of NS and NSF men. We are the ones protecting this nation and sacrifice precious family times for NS training. Not the foreigners/PRs. So please do not discriminate Singaporean males in Singapore!

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