Some may view this as just a dumb, but innocent question; I think it mirrors how NSFs and NSmen tend to be viewed in Singapore.
It is bad enough that Singaporean men are forced to serve two years of full-time “slavery” (NSF) and at least ten years of part-time “slavery” (NSmen) on slave wages (just $200+ a month during my time).
It saddens me further that not only are we not being appreciated by our fellow Singaporeans, some like this lady here perceives us to be lesser beings, singled out for discrimination.
I am sick of seeing men in uniform being STOMPed and criticised for the alleged “offences” of sitting down in buses, MRT trains, or even eating their meals while in uniform.
SAF personnel are not human beings is it? Must we forever be the ones making sacrifices for everything?
MINDEF like to ask NS personnel – “What would you defend?”
Singaporeans who discriminate against us?
So far, MINDEF’s campaigns always seems to be directed at Singaporean men, brainwashing us on the need to step forward and serve the nation.
What about Singaporeans at large?
Should they not learn to appreciate the contributions of our NSF and NSmen?
In Taiwan, the 阿兵哥 (conscripted soldiers) are treated with respect by the Taiwanese public and are even accorded unsolicited discounts at shops and food stalls at times. In US, the Marines are respected and regarded as national heroes.
In Singapore, I recall instances of being called “Chao Recruit“; given the dirty look when visiting pubs and clubs with my fellow NSFs; being branded as “desperados” by local girls among many other crappy treatments.
Rest assured that when I take public transport, I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY SEAT TO ANOTHER ABLED-BODIED PERSON. In fact, I will make sure I snatch the seat from you unless you are an elderly, pregnant or sick.
Meanwhile, let’s get to know these two important guys better through their official resume.
Peter Lim Sin Pang
Mr. Peter Lim first joined the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in 1987 as a Fire Safety Engineer. In the course of his career, Mr. Peter Lim assumed various leadership and key management appointments, including Division Commander, Head of the Operations Department in Headquarters, SCDF, Director of the Civil Defence Academy, Assistant Commissioner of the General Staff and Deputy Commissioner of SCDF.
On 20 May 2009, Mr Peter Lim was officially appointed as the Commissioner of SCDF by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Mr Peter Lim graduated in 1986 from the University of Applied Science, Hamburg, Germany with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has also participated in the Columbia Senior Executive Program in 2003 and the Stanford Executive Program in 2008.
Ng Boon Gay
Mr Ng Boon Gay, 44, joined the Singapore Police Force in 1991 when he was awarded the Local Merit Scholarship. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science 1st Class Honours in Mathematics. He also holds a Master of Business of Administration. In his 19-year career with the SPF during which he rose to the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner, he has held amongst others, key appointments as Commander Tanglin Police Division and Director Manpower Department.
Mr Ng was appointed Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) (刑事侦查局局长) in April 2008. Under his leadership, major crime cases solved include the murder and the recovery of a decomposed body at Lor Sesuai; the highly publicized abduction case at Chiltern Drive; the Kallang knife attacks case and, most recently the Woodlands murder case.
To fight the menace created by the unlicensed moneylending activities, Mr Ng had directed stepped up enforcement actions which resulted in the busting of numerous syndicates and arrests of close to two thousand offenders in the last two years.
Mr Ng had also played a key role in cleaning up the streets from sleaze in Singapore.
In the area of development, Mr Ng has reviewed and enhanced the capabilities of the CID crime and technology forensic capabilities to better support investigations.
As a staff authority in investigation, Mr Ng had reviewed and proposed changes to the set up of the Investigation Branches in the Land Divisions so as to better equip frontline investigators to deal with new challenges.
Mr Ng was involved in the recent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and has put in place preparation plans for its implementation.
Last but not least, Mr Ng also oversaw the setting up of the Casino Investigation Branch to deal with cases related to the casinos in the Integrated Resorts.
24 January 2012 SCDF and CNB Officers assisting in CPIB investigation
Former Commissioner Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Mr Peter Lim Sin Pang and former Director of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) Mr Ng Boon Gay are currently assisting the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in its investigations into allegations of serious personal misconduct.
2 Investigations began in end December 2011 in the case of Mr Ng Boon Gay and in early January 2012 in the case of Mr Peter Lim Sin Pang. Both officers were placed on leave from their duties when the investigations commenced. Their duties have been covered by their respective deputies. Taking into account the current status of the investigations, both will be interdicted from their duties with effect from 25 January 2012, pending disciplinary proceedings.
3 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also decided to appoint Mr Eric Yap Wee Teck and Mr Ng Ser Song to assume command of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) respectively with effect from 1 February 2012. This is to ensure leadership continuity of both organisations.
4 MHA expects Home Team officers to uphold the highest standards of duty and integrity. MHA views allegations of misconduct seriously. The Ministry and the two Home Team departments and relevant officers will continue to give their fullest assistance and cooperation to the CPIB in its investigations.
5 As investigations are ongoing, MHA is unable to comment on the details of the case. The investigations will establish the facts, and the officers will be accorded due process and a fair hearing in accordance with the civil service disciplinary process and the law.
Asher Lim was born on 21 August 2011 while Kelly Tan was born about two months later on 12 October 2011. Their fathers are childhood friends since primary school and have birth dates that are just one day apart.
Here are a few photos of the two of them taken on the first day of Chinese New Year (年初一 ) at Kelly’s home:
This year, we have a new addition to the Lim family – my son, Asher Lim Yu Yi, 5 months old! This is Asher’s first reunion dinner. We dressed him up in a Nepalis costume and shoes given to him by my mother-in-law. I wore a matching Nepalis shirt to accompany him.
We were happy to be able to secure a table at the main branch of Putien restaurants at Kitchener Road. The food was good as usual and the service excellent, despite the large dining crowd. We met and exchange greetings with the friendly boss and some old staff who are friends with my parents.
Asher was very excited to be out today and managed to stay awake throughout. Once we got home, he concussed in bed like a little piglet.
While most people wishes for luck and fortune, Rachel and I will be very contented with a happy family, good health and harmonious relationships in 2012. Happy New Year everyone! May you have a great year ahead in 2012! 🙂