Singapore Minister of State Janil Puthucheary, a new citizen from Malaysia, stepped up his rhetoric taunting Singaporean males saying that he wanted to serve full-time National Service (NS) but he is disallowed to:
“I’m a new citizen and as a first-generation new citizen, I’m not allowed to serve NS. There is no issue there. It’s not that I had the choice to do so and I failed to do so. I am not allowed to do so.”
Full National Service requires 2 years full-time with a salary of only S$450 a month, and after that, a 2-weeks-long reservist training with fitness test requirement every year for 10 years.
In his latest interview with state media ChannelNewsAsia, the ex-Malaysian Minister said that he did volunteer for NS with the Volunteer Corp, but did not reveal how much did he serve. Minister Janil Puthucheary said that he is not bothered by criticisms and this is just a part of politics:
“Not particularly, no. First thing is to make sure the facts are correct. Even for journalists, to make sure they understand the facts and understand what the facts are. Then you’ve got to work out whether there is a real issue. You can be flamed for something that is real, in which case you need to go and fix it and find out what the problem is. Or you can be flamed for something that is created in which case you’ve got to take it with a pinch of salt and move on and deal with it as one of the things that is part of the rough and tumble of politics. ”