Monday, May 8, 2017

Halimah: NS50 also about supportive families, employers

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/halimah-ns50-also-about-supportive-families-employers
By Tan Tam Mei, The Straits Times, 08 May 2017, at 06:00 am


Women and other stakeholders like employers play a part in ensuring Singapore's defence through their support of national service (NS), said Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, as she shared her fears when her older son suffered an injury during NS.
PHOTO: Women and other stakeholders like employers play a part in ensuring Singapore's defence through their support of national service (NS), said Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, as she shared her fears when her older son suffered an injury during NS.
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Madam Halimah, a mother of five including two sons aged 34 and 32, said her son has a hearing impairment.

The problem was detected after he had completed his NS, and the doctor cited his NS stint as a probable cause.

"As a mother, I was of course very concerned, but it's not possible to completely insulate our sons from accidents or injuries during their NS stint, no matter how perfect the system is," she told The Straits Times.

"The most that we could do is to ask them to be careful and to hope that there are proper procedures in place to prevent injuries. But they still need to fulfil their duty to the nation and they cannot let down their colleagues."



The most that we could do is to ask them to be careful and to hope that there are proper procedures in place to prevent injuries.

PHOTO: "The most that we could do is to ask them to be careful and to hope that there are proper procedures in place to prevent injuries. But they still need to fulfil their duty to the nation and they cannot let down their colleagues."
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Madam Halimah, an MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, revealed her son's injury when she spoke to the media at a grassroots event in Woodlands yesterday, where she gave out recognition packages of $100 vouchers to NS personnel to mark 50 years of NS.

She also told reporters that NS50 is not just about servicemen past and present, but also about the families and employers who have shown support and understanding to those serving the nation.



NS50 is not just about servicemen past and present, but also about the families and employers who have shown support and understanding to those serving the nation.

PHOTO: NS50 is not just about servicemen past and present, but also about the families and employers who have shown support and understanding to those serving the nation.
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"Even if women don't serve NS, because opinions are quite divided on that, they can give their support and encouragement when family members go for NS," she added.

In her speech, she noted that socio-economic growth and development was not possible without a strong defence, especially for a small country.



Socio-economic growth and development was not possible without a strong defence, especially for a small country.

PHOTO: Socio-economic growth and development was not possible without a strong defence, especially for a small country.
"Even if women don't serve NS, because opinions are quite divided on that, they can give their support and encouragement when family members go for NS."
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Madam Halimah also presented commemorative NS50 PAssion five-year membership cards by the People's Association to 17 pairs of father-and-son NSmen.



Mr Melvin Tan De Zheng, 26, and his father Dave Tan Jong, 65, were among the 500 national servicemen who received their NS50 packages at ceremonies yesterday.

PHOTO: Mr Melvin Tan De Zheng, 26, and his father Dave Tan Jong, 65, were among the 500 national servicemen who received their NS50 packages at ceremonies yesterday. The packages will be given out at 52 ceremonies over these two months, and many others will get theirs by mail later in the year.
Without the SAF (and) NS to protect our sovereignty and way of life, there can be no progress. - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen
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Among them were undergraduate Jerry Toh, 27, and his father Toh Hong Hua, 64.

The younger Mr Toh said that during his full-time NS stint, he received advice from his father, while his mother supported him in her "own little ways".

"Whenever I booked out, my sister would comment that there were more dishes on the dinner table that night. That's how my mother always welcomed me home," he said.



Whenever I booked out, my sister would comment that there were more dishes on the dinner table that night.

PHOTO: "Whenever I booked out, my sister would comment that there were more dishes on the dinner table that night. That's how my mother always welcomed me home."
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  Every Singaporean Son (ESS) NSmen


PHOTO: Every Singaporean Son (ESS) NSmen
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Every Singaporean Son (ESS) NSmen

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Every Singaporean Son (ESS) NSmen


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Every Singaporean Son (ESS) NSmen

PHOTO: Every Singaporean Son (ESS) NSmen
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By Tan Tam Mei, The Straits Times, 08 May 2017, at 06:00 am



Reference
 

[1] Tan Tam Mei, The Straits Times, Halimah: NS50 also about supportive families, employers, posted on 08 May 2017, at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/halimah-ns50-also-about-supportive-families-employers