02 Sep '11, 2am

“@eisen: Lions' Safuwan Baharudin has to take leave to play for the Republic Where's the support? Sad.” #sgfootball

AS I read about the national football team's training and preparation for the World Cup qualifier against China, I am heartened to see defender Safuwan Baharudin (picture) making a sacrifice to play for Singapore. The article "All smiles, Safuwan buckles down with the rest of the Lions" (Aug 20) stated that he is doing National Service and was allowed to play for the national team only when he took annual leave, after using up all the 20 days off permitted for national duty. I question the policy of having only 20 days off to play for Singapore, which should also be considered a form of service to the nation. The number of days off given for such commitments should be extended whenever necessary. That Safuwan has to use his personal leave shows that Singapore does not give its fullest support in the sporting front. What if he has urgent needs but is unable to take leave be...

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