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To Strengthen National Service, It Has To Be Questioned And Challenged

The perspective that it is necessarily deleterious if Singaporeans raise questions about or challenges to National Service (NS) policy – for instance, “if people start to question now whether NS is necessary, if operationally ready NSmen should shoulder certain responsibilities, and whether the tempo and intensity of military training should be reduced” (ST, Feb. 5) – not only seems short-sighted and further disregards the absence of substantive engagement with servicemen and the general public, but also underestimates the value of rigorous discourse over the need for NS and the principles of defence and deterrence which justify the need for conscription in Singapore. It appears somewhat paradoxical, yet instead of being anchored by unquestioned or unchallenged assumptions of its importance, the institution of NS is perhaps best strengthened when it is constantly questioned and challenged by Singaporeans. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Violence And Measles In The Philippines (February 4 to 9, 2019)

In the Philippines, there were fights against suspected militants and against a surge in measles cases, which was later declared as an outbreak. Earlier in the week, government troops killed three suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, while suffering five fatalities, and later in the week, in an assault on a suspected jungle lair of a Singaporean terrorist, security forces killed eight militants. In Manila the health department is fighting a surge in measles cases – likely the result of parents opting not to have their children vaccinated for measles and other highly contagious diseases – and later it declared an outbreak of the contagious disease. Continue reading

Jeffrey Archer’s “Tell Tale”

A short review of Jeffrey Archer’s “Tell Tale”. Continue reading

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