02 May '11, 10am

NSP says National Service duration can be reduced

NSP says National Service duration can be reduced

SINGAPORE: The National Solidarity Party's candidate for Marine Parade GRC, Mr Spencer Ng said its possible to achieve a balance between having a strong defence and saving money for welfare. He was responding to comments by the PAP team in Marine Parade, which questioned the NSP's plans, to cut the duration of National Service. The NSP's proposals drew fire from both Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and new PAP candidate - Brigadier General Tan Chuan-Jin. But Mr Ng said National Service can be accomplished within one and a half years - training can be shorter and more efficient. He said compared to Taiwan, Singapore faces fewer threats but has a longer training duration. "They are facing a big threat, as they put it, from mainland China, so obviously we are facing lesser threats or lesser danger when compared to our counterparts in Taiwan." On cutting defence spending, Mr Ng ...

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