20 Oct '11, 8am

All NS men treated equally regardless of background: Ng Eng Hen

All NS men treated equally regardless of background: Ng Eng Hen

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said his ministry is acutely aware that all NSmen must be treated equally, regardless of their background. Dr Ng said the equal treatment for National Service (NS) has been and must remain a cardinal principle because without strict adherence to this fundamental tenet, the commitment to NS will be severely eroded and the institution of NS weakened. Replying to questions in Parliament on the disruption of NS by Dr Patrick Tan, the son of President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Dr Ng said the disruption was in accordance with prevailing policies to obtain his medical degree. In addition, a longer period was granted to those admitted to US medical schools. He assured Singaporeans that neither Dr Patrick Tan, nor any other individual who has disrupted their NS, was given any preferential treatment because of their "connections". Some all...

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