|The true badge of citizenship|
"But I think he has to watch his Tanjong Pagar GRC team mate, Chan Chun Sing, carefully. Mr Chan's response to a query on his view of a PAP candidate not serving National Service is this:
And I quote, "For me I don't just ask where he comes from, more importantly, I ask where you are going. In the past you have not been a citizen you may not have contributed to doing NS or maybe different walks or different sector of society."
I am surprised by his remark, when someone brought this to my attention. Is he saying that National Service is not important? That it does not matter whether one serves National Service? I do not feel right that the PAP should field a foreign talent who just became a new citizen without serving National Service as a candidate.
And he is now trying to seek your mandate to represent the people in parliament.
Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean once said this in parliament about National Service defaulters.
I quote: "Besides the fact that they are talented, and they contribute to Singapore does not detract from the fact that they are defaulted on their NS duty. Everyone, regardless of talent, must play their part in our national defence." Unquote.
Mr Chan Chun Sing was the chief of army before he left the service to become a candidate. How can the former chief of army publicly say something contradictory to the Minister of Defence?
I propose that we consider amending the constitution for the qualification of male candidates for election to reject those who have not served National Service.
This is only fair to us, who have all done National Service. Including myself. Including Chen Show Mao."