Leong Mun Wai says increase full-time NS salary to $2K, and lower voting age to 18

Jul 16, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

To commemorate Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Day, Leong Mun Wai wrote that some of his wishes include a S$2,000 allowance for full-time NS men and for the voting age to be lowered to 18.

In a Facebook post on Friday (Jul 1) Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Leong Mun Wai (PSP) wrote: “This year marks 55 years of National Service and today is SAF Day. It is a day to celebrate the contributions made by all Singaporeans, men and women, past and present, to the defence of our nation”.

He added that National Service (NS) has helped to build our national identity. Mr Leong wrote that he was proud to be one of the thousands of Singaporean men who will be receiving the NS55 Recognition Package.

In his post, Mr Leong suggested that “all permanent residents (PRs) who want to become citizens must do NS. They should serve the two years of full-time NS service and ten years of reservist service like male Singapore citizens”.

He continued: “can we be more open to allowing our top talent easier deferment or even exemption from NS? Is it fair that we forfeit our local talents their chances of developing their talents while many new male citizens do not need to do NS?”

Mr Leong also called the NS55$100 cash credit per person “inadequate”. He said: “More recognition for NS should be given upfront. Firstly, the allowance for full-time NS should be increased to the minimum living wage recommended by PSP at $2,000 per month for the rank of a private. How can one defend his country if he cannot support himself financially. From the $2,000 level, the allowances for higher ranks can be adjusted accordingly”.

He added that the best recognition for NSFs would be to give them voting rights upon enlistment. This would mean pushing the voting age to 18.

“One who is ready to defend his country should be allowed to vote on the future of his country. At the same time, voting rights should be given to our women upon reaching the age of 18 as they too are ready to defend Singapore when they are called upon to do so”, Mr Leong said.

Netizens who commented on Mr Leong’s post were divided. While some agreed with him, others asked about the feasibility of his proposals.

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Intel: S'pore Honda Civic stolen from Genting Highlands enroute into Indochina

Jul 19, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

The Honda Civic Type R stolen from a mall carpark in Malaysia's Resorts World Genting is likely enroute into Indochina by way of Thailand through a container ship, a Fathership source said.

Indochina is referred to the countries bordering Thailand, which includes Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

How it works

The Honda Civic would be especially difficult to recover, said a source who brought forward the syndicates’ way of operating. “It is believed that the cars stolen in Malaysia will be transported via the sea by container ship from Singapore. Then, it will stop at its first destination, Thailand. It is also believed that Laem Chabang Port, in Thailand is their main destination [to unload the stolen vehicles],” he continued.

The source adds that depending on the situation, parts of the stolen vehicle would be dropped off in Thailand, while the rest would continue on its way to the other countries.

CCTV captures footage of stolen Honda Civic

According to CCTV footage, the Singapore-plate car owned by a man named Damien, was stolen in the early morning of July 16 at around 2.43am.

Another CCTV screenshot showed the thief driving Damien's car out of the car park by tailgating another vehicle through the exit.

Bye bye Honda

The source said, "Thailand had been ramping up it's intelligence network and syndicates are finding it harder to keep the car in Thailand for a long time. To avoid detection, the car will continue it's journey into one of the countries in Indochina, likely Laos as Cambodia and Myanmar's black market prefers 4-wheel drives and bigger vehicles like the Toyota Hilux."

Coincidentally, a Malaysian-registered Toyota Hilux was also stolen from the same carpark as the Honda Civic a day before.