A 27 year old NS man was jailed for 18 months for being absence-without-official-leave (AWOL) on the last month before his operation-ready-date (ORD). Wang Yin Chu was 22 years old when he AWOL-ed to study pre-clinical medical studies at the University of Cambridge on Oct 8, 2008.

He was initially sentenced to a 3-week jail term but when the Singapore Armed Force (SAF) public prosecutor appealed for an 18-month jail term, the judge relented and Yin Chu’s sentence began on May 29.

Photo from Ministry of Defence
Photo from Ministry of Defence

Do you think a Singaporean Cambridge-calibre talent like Yin Chu will stay in Singapore after serving his extended jail sentence?