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Our Luxurious Staycation – Raffles Hotel (Where the Legend Began – and Where it Continues Today)

By , July 10, 2013 12:08 am

Source: Aussie Pete Blog

As is becoming quite the norm these days, I am way behind posting articles on my blog that I’ve been meaning to get to… along with this post, I still have many ‘WTH’ articles lined up, for which my blog has for a long time become synonymous with.

When Sammi, the boys and I were invited to attend the long weekend at the world renowned Raffles Hotel, I can tell you – we did not need to be asked twice.

A term that is widely becoming popular, is ‘Staycation’ – now you certainly won’t find it in the common English dictionary, and you will absolutely get the red squiggly line underneath it when you type the word into any office application (for incorrect spelling), but the term is obvious in and of itself – a vacation where you stay close to your home location.

In the case of Raffles Hotel, we knew it first as tourists many years ago (that place where all visitors go to try the ‘Singapore Sling’ at the Long Bar), and now after 8-years living in Singapore, we have tried it first hand – as hotel guests and as diners, drinkers and vacationers.

Welcome Gifts & Drinks:

Here’s a fun fact – or perhaps busting an urban myth… Sir Stamford Raffles never stayed in the hotel – in fact, he missed it by around a century or more. This is probably no news to Singaporeans… but for those lacking in lessons on Singapore’s history, it was quite surprising to us.

If I were to describe the hotel itself as ‘luxurious’ or ‘full of splendor’, I would in no way be doing it any justice at all. Baked in tradition and a feeling of opulence of yesteryear, words could not begin to describe the nostalgia that emanates from every corner of the place.

Another fun fact – the Raffles Hotel is the first choice for travelling dignitaries and celebrities alike. To think that I had to tell Jaime not to stand on the lounge chair of the ‘Sir Stamford Raffles Suite’ – the very same lounge where both Michael Jackson and Queen Elizabeth II have deposited their posteriors.

The Queen Of England actually sat here on these same cushions??:

Before I take you on the journey of our Staycation, let me tell you how you can discover it all for yourselves and also take part in this wondrous adventure.

From now until September of this year, Raffles HotelSingapore is having a special suite package, available from S$550++ per suite per night for any day in the week.

From September onward, it will only be available for the weekends. The package is aimed at locals and includes:

  • Children below the age of 12 stay (using existing bedding) and dine for free with their parents at hotel-operated restaurants (adults must dine at the restaurant)
  • Welcome Singapore Slings and fruit upon arrival, while children will enjoy fruit smoothies and cookies
  • Complimentary breakfast at Tiffin Room on the first morning
  • Complimentary Buffet Dinner at Bar & Billiard Room or Tiffin Room (once during the stay)
  • Complimentary in-suite internet access
  • 24-hour Butler Service
  • Complimentary S$500 Raffles Hotel Arcade Shopping Discount Vouchers
  • Complimentary late check-out until 6pm
  • Complimentary parking

As I mentioned, this promotion is aimed at locals, with these special rates only for residents of Singapore (Singapore Citizens, PRs and work pass holders).

So here we go… as soon as we were greeted by the famous and iconic Sikh doorman and stepped foot into the lobby on the Friday afternoon, our collective jaws dropped at the sheer elegance.

The hotel staff at check-in were not just accommodating, but made the entire process swift and painless (not always the way, as any oft travelers will attest). It was at this point that we were assigned not just a concierge to carry our bags to our suite, but were given our very own butler who would remain at our service for the rest of the stay…. I couldn’t help but wonder how he came to be a butler and what he had done (thinking back to an old Seinfeld episode – apologies to non-Seinfeld fans who will have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about).

Our Suite, Balcony & View:

After the family opened their gifts from the hotel, which included the boys’ very own Sikh doorman stuffed toys, we enjoyed our welcome drinks – smoothies all round and a Singapore Sling for me – believe it or not, this was the first time I’d ever tried one… so sweet and fresh – perhaps even a little dangerous?

We were in total amazement as we checked out the suite – the sheer size alone is something to marveled at – a bathroom alone, the size of perhaps a standard living room.

The décor was historic and rustic in feel, with all the modern amenities to which we have become accustomed. Absolutely outstanding!!

After lounging around a while, we decided to take a walk around the hotel itself, the shops and restaurants around the courtyard. We also took a quick wander around the surrounding area, and realized just how convenient the location is to the major downtown shopping district.

Alfresco Dining at Raffles Courtyard:

Boys being boys, Jaime and Casey immediately showed immense interest in the lovely roof top swimming pool (right next to the  well-equipped gymnasium and the relaxed atmosphere of the Raffles Spa (which Sammi also had the fortunate task of trying out). So we made arrangements (deal) with the boys that if they behaved themselves while eating the lovely fresh Italian salads, pizzas, pasta and gelato we enjoyed for dinner at the Raffles Courtyard alfresco restaurant, followed by the specialized session of making cocktails at the Long Bar – including of course, the one and only Singapore Sling!

Mocktails & Cocktails at The Long Bar:

Even the kids got to make their own mocktails… ONLY if they behaved themselves, we would go swimming in the evening breeze at the pool – of course, they are so spoiled that they would have got to have gone swimming even if they were their usual naughty selves. 🙂

Playtime at the Pool:

The next morning (along with another swim), we had breakfast at the Tiffin Room. Eating fine foods seemed to be the theme of the weekend – all good in my opinion!

We then went on a guided tour with resident Historian Leslie Danker… where we got to experience the life of the famous and infamous alike… the highlight being the aforementioned Sir Stamford Raffles Suite (got a spare S$10,000 for a night’s stay?)

After the tour and a quick rest, we took the boys home and Sammi and I settled in for a rare evening without kids – what happen at Raffles Hotel STAYS at Raffles Hotel (nudge, nudge… wink, wink). We had a great local dinner at the Empire Café. Serving local Singaporean food and Asian delicacies, I was a sucker for dessert.

Somewhere amongst all of this, Sammi managed to fit in an hour of pampering with an aromatherapy Swedish massage at the Raffles Spa – I must say, this made me a little jealous, but looking back on it, giving me an hour for a power nap on a Saturday afternoon was quite the treat for me :p

The next morning, after a quick run back to Sengkang West to collect the kids, we found time for another swim before what I consider to be one of the absolute highlights of the weekend – Brunch at the Bar and Billiard Room.

My, oh my!!! Guys – you want to impress your ladies – this is the place to bring them. 3-hours straight of eating nothing but the finest seafood, pasta, cold dishes, meat galore (Australian grain fed Prime Rib on the bone, US Beef tenderloin “Bordelaise” sauce, Roasted Welsh leg of lamb, Roasted Welsh rack of lamb with herbs crust, Slow oven baked Welsh lamb shoulder, Organic milk fed rack of veal & BBQ Iberico pork ribs) – mouth watering – desserts, pan-fried Foie Gras (and I’m only just touching on what’s available)… top it all off with free flow champagne… need I say more?

Brunch at the Bar and Billiard Room:

Probably the world’s most famous hotel. ‘While at Raffles, why not visit Singapore?’ Indeed.

Not just a hotel, an icon; Raffles Singapore is an oasis of colonial style, calm and charm in the heart of modern Singapore – exclusive, historic, and one of a kind.

The Original.

“Perhaps the world’s greatest hotel, Raffles Singapore stands where it has always stood, at the crossroads of civilisation and culture, a colonial oasis in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

No trip to Singapore is complete without a stay at Raffles; tradition demands it. First opened in 1887, and since then a destination in its own right, Raffles Singapore epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance that no other hotel can match.

Immortalised by writers including Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway and Alfred Hitchcock, Raffles is the perfect place from which to explore Singapore. Or in which to merely sit and watch the world go by. The legendary Palm Court, the white marble colonnades and the unique air of romantic grandeur transport you back to a more elegant age, while the seamless service, contemporary technology and attention to detail is completely of our time.

Liveried Sikh doormen usher guests through an ornate wrought-iron portico into a lobby that seems unaltered from the turn of the century. Stroll the polished teak verandas past tropical gardens to suites with an elegant parlour, period furnishings, a bedroom that leads to a dressing room and en suite bathroom. Luxuriate in the history, in the scent of frangipani in the evening, in the Raffles Spa, or order room service from the legendary Raffles butlers.

15 restaurants and bars also await; from the famous Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling, to the Bar & Billiard Room, Raffles is alive with history, infused with atmosphere, and open to the moment. Conveniently close to the financial hub of this entrepreneurial city, Raffles makes business a pleasure, a luxury of leisure – and any visit an indelible memory.

Where the legend began – and where it continues today – Raffles Singapore is exciting, enchanting and loved by those with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the very best.”

The story continues…

Singapore Licence Renewal – Officer, The Photo Is Just Old One!

By , August 1, 2012 8:18 pm


Let me begin by clearly stating that I suspect I might be in trouble when I attend in person at the Traffic Police Headquarters in Ubi Avenue 3… I’m just hoping that at worst case there may be a fine involved, and if so, I can plead ‘ignorance’ as my defence.


IGNORANCE: “a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge). The word ignorant is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware and is often used as an insult. Ignoramus is commonly used in the US, the UK, and Ireland as a term for someone who is willfully ignorant. Ignorance is distinguished from stupidity, although both can lead to “unwise” acts “

stupid01aWell, in this case I think I won’t make the distinction between the two – I was ignorant and stupid not to realize that all those years ago when I took up permanent residency in Singapore, I was required to replace my licence. It never dawned on me that the number at the top of my licence (which has a 5-year validity period) was my old FIN (Foreign Identification Number)… this was most probably because I’ve never been pulled over by the police here (*touch wood*), so have never had any reason to even take the licence out of my wallet.

Fast forward to 2012 (time flies) and one of the requirements of owning a car in Singapore, is that when the motor vehicle reaches the three year old mark, an annual inspection is required before road tax is able to be paid. I received my notification for said inspection the other week and as I was thinking about perhaps getting the latest service to the car before-hand, something prompted me to also check if my licence would be expiring.

There it was – expiry in October 2012!!

So, as per the usual sourcing of information, I googled “renew driver license Singapore” and was directed to this page on the Singapore Police website.

The opening paragraph on this page clearly states:

trafficpolice01“Renewal of Photocard Driving Licence: Foreigners holding a Singapore driving licence will have to renew their licence at the Traffic Police Department one month before the licence expiry date as indicated on the licence. No reminder letters will be sent out.

So that’s the statement for foreigners – but what about Citizens and PRs? So I thought maybe I need to check the ‘Replacement of Driving Licence’ link. That’s when I first realized I might have done something wrong – or actually, I might not have done something that I should have:

“You are required to replace your driving licence if you: misplaced or lost your driving licence; Your licence has been defaced or damaged to the extent the information or photo cannot be read; You have changed from a Foreign to a Singapore ID; You have changed your name or other personal information written on the photocard driving licence

Whoops… so now I know that I need to replace my licence, and should have done so well over four years ago.

Still a little confused, and perhaps just a little less ignorant, I wasn’t sure what a citizen or PR needs to do to renew their licence once it expires (assuming I had have ‘replaced’ it all that time ago), and not aware if I need to do two things – first replace the licence, then renew it (the new one).

wikilogo01Thanks again to Google and this time “Wikipedia – Driving in Singapore” (although I don’t always like to trust Wikipedia as the most accurate source of information). This is what I discovered:

“No renewal of a driving licence is required for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents since the introduction of the photocard licence. The driving licence is valid to age 65.”

REALLY??? WHAT THE?? A licence with my current picture on it is still valid when I’m 64-and-a-half years old?

Of course, I know I want to remain ‘ageless’ in my later years, but won’t it be difficult for the police to identify me if I do happen to get pulled over in 20-odd years from now?

Oh well – it’s off to Traffic Police Headquarters to ‘replace’ my licence and I guess I’ll see what happens from there… hopefully my next blog article won’t be written from behind bars 🙂

In Closure: So I’m now not quite so ignorant (or stupid) when it comes to renewing / replacing a licence in Singapore… but I am still ignorant enough not to know whether to use American or British English – is it “defence” or “defense”? Is it “licence” or “license”? Oh well… I can’t learn everything in one day!!

We Love Singapore – For The Record

By , December 5, 2011 12:15 pm

I am very saddened that I have no option but to pen a response to the increasing number of blog entries and forum posts popping up all over the place online in the last few days.

I wouldn’t like to suggest that some people seem to have too much time on their hands, but why someone feels it is important enough to research my blog and other articles to try and discredit me or my motivations for living in Singapore or becoming PR is totally beyond me.

Anyway, to set the record straight, I wanted to put forward my position on a few items and just move on (I’m not interested in getting into flame wars with online trolls).


Regardless of the quotes taken out of context from an article written on my blog some 3-years+ ago, our decision for becoming PR was not for the sole intention of buying a resale HDB flat. We have become PRs because we love Singapore, it is our home, and we had made a ‘pact’ even prior to relocating here many years ago that if we were to really integrate into the local community, we wanted to do it ‘boots and all’ – moving to a foreign country is no menial task – it takes much courage and planning. Our first attempt to achieve this, was by moving to Woodlands (as opposed to doing the stereotypical expat thing and surrounding ourselves with other foreigners).

When I penned the article all those years ago about beating the increasing rental market by purchasing a property here, I was highlighting the fact that rent money is ‘dead money’ and to invest in ourselves as opposed to lining our landlord’s pocket was an easy decision – this would be applicable no matter which country we were living.

Living in a condo was just not doing it for us – we still felt like we were on an extended business trip and did not feel at home… almost like we were shutting ourselves in, so we decided to go down the HDB resale flat path, as this gave us the opportunity to meet more locals and to potentially give back to the community in which we so dearly wanted to integrate.

This has worked for us – our best friends are our neighbours. We gladly and proudly actively participate in the community, and I am extremely active in the local grassroots in Sengkang West – spending most weekends and many weeknights on such activities.

We have no secrets or ulterior motives. Singapore is our home and we are proud and feel very blessed that we have been so welcomed into our neighbourhood and community! I make absolutely no apologies for this.

In no way have we mocked any system as a few people seem to be insinuating in these forums.


Another issue that seems to be a topic for these forum trolls, is around a comment I made in an interview (also more than 3 years ago). I suggested at the time, that I felt it a disadvantage of becoming a PR that our boys (both born here) would be liable for National Service.

On this issue, through my local mates and close friends, I have come to learn more about the process and what NS entails. These days, I do not actually feel it is a disadvantage. I have grown to believe that along with our children playing their part in their birth-country’s obligations, NS has shown to instill a discipline and sense of pride that would be difficult to attain through other means. I am therefore supportive of this requirement for male children of permanent residents.


The colour of my passport seems to be a giant bug-bear for a small cross-section of people. In a recent interview with the Straits Times, I stated that although I had thought about SG citizenship, ‘at this juncture’ I was not ready to give up my Aussie passport (while there is no opportunity for dual citizenship).

This has lead to much speculation as to my motivation and reasoning. Quite frankly, this is a very personal decision and not one to be taken lightly – in my culture, to give up one’s citizenship is akin to turning one’s back on their heritage and even their family. Just as I respect and totally accept other cultures around me, I would have hoped that my culture and upbringing would at least be tolerated.

This is my reasoning and it has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not I one day intend to return to Australia (which is not even in our thoughts right now), nor is it so that I could rort or mock any system or process.


I have worked very hard to become successful in my career (over decades). This has been at the sacrifice of my personal leisure and my family time. Along with long, hard hours, I spend much time volunteering in the community. How much I earn as a result of my professional endeavours is absolutely nobody’s business and has no bearing on my love for Singapore or our decision to live in a HDB estate.

Thanks for reading – I hope this clears the air somewhat.

It is important to note, that we LOVE our home – Singapore! We are happy and blessed to be here and we will continue to integrate and assist others to integrate into the local community. We have no other  intention right now, but to remain here, and perhaps one day (as the years move forward) we will take the next step towards Singapore citizenship. In the meantime, please accept our good intentions and respect our wish to be good neighbours and friends.



Opposition Parties to Struggle – Grassroots Breakfast and Family Carnival in Sengkang West

By , March 20, 2011 5:43 pm

Let me get one thing straight – I have very little knowledge about the upcoming election, except for what I read in the papers, see on TV and find in the social media.

From: Aussie Pete

Having said that, I do have quite a lot of time and respect for our local MP in Sengkang West, Dr Lam Pin Min. I have met Dr Lam on a few occassions now, the most recent being at Fernvale Point this morning. Off to an early start for a Sunday, I met up with a number of my fellow Grassroots members (CCMC and RC) and neighbours from the local community at the Koufu food court.

The atmosphere was quite abuzz, with the arrival of Dr Lam not long after we started sipping on our Kopi. As usual, he was immaculately groomed and the admiration and even friendship displayed to him by all of the community members present, was immediately apparent, as he moved from table to table to engage in conversation with everybody in attendance… my most amazing observation, was how he recognises and knows so many people personally. So much so, that I was somewhat embarrassed later after the gathering – Dr Lam remembered in which block I live, and questioned me as to why I drove the short distance of only a couple of blocks… I told him it was because I was feeling lazy – although half true, the actual main reason was that 8:00am on a Sunday is very early for me. If I didn’t drive, I would’ve arrived even later than I already did.

During the breakfast, I was treated to my first real exposure to politics in Singapore. I turned to see a huge procession of ‘baby blue’ T-Shirts. I was told by one of my mates, that this was one of the opposition parties… talk about ‘full force’! They moved along like a parade of dignatories or royalty – single file, shaking hands with everyone in their path, and distributing brochures all the way.

When they arrived at our table, the apparent ‘leader’ of the group shook my hand and asked “Where are you from?”… not sure of the actual intention of the question, I responded “Singapore” (after all, I was only 2 blocks from my home)… this brought about laughter among his ranks, and led to his next question (which seemed somewhat ‘loaded’) – “Oh, are you a citizen?”… now I understood the intent – maybe his original question could have been better worded as, “Will you be eligible to vote in the election?”… needless to say, I was not given a party brochure. 🙂

With my hand ready to cramp up from the multitude of handshakes that ensued, as the rest of the blue shirts passed me by, I was not all that surprised to see the gathering of media already buzzing around… I saw at least Channel News Asia crew and became aware of the Straits Times journalist when he approached me immediately after the blue shirts and also asked if I was PR or Citizen.

Anyway – what started as a very simple breakfast with local friends, ended up as somewhat of a political event… the reason I suggest in the topic of this article that it was (or is) a challenge for the opposition, is that regardless of what one might read or see in the news, after talking with so many of my neighbours and friends and those in attendance, the support for Dr Lam Pin Min seems somewhat overwhelming. He has undoubtedly done so much good for this community already, and I’m sure he will continue to do so in the future… I suspect that the opposition really does have their work cut out for them in this SMC.

Shortly after leaving Fernvale Point, I went home and collected the family, donned my Sengkang West Zone E, RC T-Shirt, and we trekked back across to Block 412 for what was a very successful block party (Family Carnival).
A huge congratulations to the RC organizers and volunteers – the kids were running around with permanent smiles on their faces… and I understand that tickets to this event were sold out completely well in advance. It was also winderful to see residents digging into their pockets to help out in the ‘Japan Disaster Appeal’!

Below are a few pictures from the event – and by clicking here you can see even more!!

Punished For Being PR?

By , October 17, 2010 11:26 pm

icalogoLate last week, I was nothing less than absolutely stunned to read an email from ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore) stating that my mother-in-law’s application for a long term social visit pass had not been successful!

My wife’s mother, retired and wanting to spend a few months in Singapore to assist with the care of her newest grandson, was completely as bewildered as me at the response, which leaves for no right of reply or appeal, nor is the decision in anyway explained or justified to us. So in one month, my mother-in-law will be packing her bag and returning to Shanghai with the sad knowledge that she will need to wait until Chinese New Year, 2011 to be able to see her Grandchildren again.

So why the bold headline? – PUNISHED FOR BEING PR? – You see, three years ago, when our earlier child was born in Singapore under the exact same circumstances (that is, same hospital, same processes, etc) I was residing in Singapore under an Employment Pass with my wife and son on Dependants Passes, we applied for a long-term Visit Pass for my mother-in-law for which we were approved and received the ‘in-principal’ approval letter in a very short time frame.

momlogoNow that we are Permanent Residents, the application process if obviously different – in fact it’s no longer the Ministry of Manpower to which we need to apply, but rather the ICA – so I am not naive enough to assume that this is a direct ‘apples to apples’ comparison of our situation…

However after taking into account all the differences in approval processes, I am wondering if this is in fact some form of punishment for moving from Employment Pass to Permanent Resident – to speculate on any other reason is actually quite frightening… let me summarize some of the key things floating in my head right now and allow you, dear readers, to draw your own conclusions:

1. Application for Long Term Social Visit Pass is to ICA and not MoM
2. As an EP Holder, I can apply as sponsor for my Mother-In-Law, but as PRs this is not allowed and my wife (home-maker) needs to apply as sponsor
3. Our combined family income is very strong and in fact, even significantly higher than three years ago
4. We are PRs that contribute in numerous ways to society – financially, through charity and community work, integration and also my personal commitment to partnering with different sections of the Government to promote SG as a great place to live, work, play and study – locally and abroad – and also mentoring to new SG residents and expats; just to name a few
5. I cannot help but wonder if it was me applying for my own mother, whether the pass would have been successful or rejected?
6. I could (if I wanted) employ another foreign domestic helper to help look after my mother-in-law’s grandchildren – a foreigner who is allowed to stay in the country for very long periods but does not have any association or knowledge of our family – or us have any knowledge of their safety or background… this actually raises more concern for me than anything.

nappychangeAnyway, despite the setback and disappointment of the Grandmother of a new-born baby being denied the extra time with her Grandson, we will continue to take this in our stride and write this episode off as some kind of ‘hiccup’ in an otherwise quite effective and efficient department.

Why No Recognition Award For PR NSMen?

By , September 16, 2010 10:22 pm

When a boy is born in Singapore and neither of his parents are Singapore Citizens, the statement on his birth certificate is not vague, nor can it be misunderstood.


nslogoYou see, for those of my readers that are unaware, unlike many other countries, not every child born in Singapore automatically becomes a citizen. In fact, it is made explicitly clear that the child of parents holding foreign passports is NOT a citizen. Rightly or wrongly? – I’m not here today to dispute this law or to question the fact that dual citizenship is also not allowed… these are discussions (debates?) that could take up a huge number of other blog articles on some other day.

When a foreign family attains Permanent Resident (PR) status in Singapore, the documentation is once again meticulous in its clarity… From the ICA website:

“Male children who are granted PR status under their parents’ sponsorship are liable for NS under the Enlistment Act. They are required to register for NS upon reaching 16½ years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity upon reaching 18 years old…” and furthermore, “…All NS-liable males aged 13 years old and above, are required to obtain an Exit Permit (EP) when travelling overseas for 3 months or more…”

When a family is deciding whether or not to apply for PR status, the consideration of NS liability for their children should not be taken lightly: “NS-liable PRs are expected to serve NS. Renouncing or losing one’s PR status without serving or completing full-time NS would have an adverse impact on any immediate or future applications to work or study in Singapore, or for Singapore citizenship or PR status.”

Male children who are granted PR status under their parents’ sponsorship are liable for NS under the Enlistment Act

Male children who are granted PR status under their parents’ sponsorship are liable for NS under the Enlistment Act

In short, by applying for, and being awarded Singapore Permanent Resident status, one must recognize that you are making decisions on behalf of your children who perhaps are too young to have any understanding of the implications and which may have serious consequences on their future life choices – even after having been born and raised in Singapore.

I’m also not going to touch this question (debate?) with a 10-foot pole – “Should male children who are granted PR status under their parents’ sponsorship actually be liable for NS?” Let’s discuss another day (*sweating*) 🙂


From the MINDEF website: “The purpose of the National Service Recognition Award (NSRA) is to provide sustained recognition for Singapore citizens who serve National Service (NS).”

Singapore citizens who meet the eligibility criteria for each of the milestone on or after 29 August 2010 will be eligible for the award

Singapore citizens who meet the eligibility criteria for each of the milestone on or after 29 August 2010 will be eligible for the award

Since the award was first announced, there has been complete transparency surrounding the fact that one must be a citizen in order to be eligible.


Please don’t get me wrong, I am not raising the above points for the sake of the money or any hidden motives – although there may be some PR NSMen that would see the award as beneficial if they could in fact receive it. My question is more of a philosophical one.

A male child born in Singapore, who was not allowed to become a citizen when he was born, grows to the age of 16 1/2 years after living in Singapore his entire life, his circle of friends are Singaporeans… the only real difference between him and his friends and peers, is his passport (which he may never have even seen in his life). He then continues to serve out his NS liability, but is not recognised for his efforts as all of those around him have been.


“WHY is a PR (permanent resident) male who has served his time in National Service, has satisfied all of the requirements set forth by immigration and MINDEF and has honoured all of his commitments in doing so, NOT eligible for the National Service Recognition Award?”


As I’ve stated above, I am not trying to start a debate any of the factors associated with citizenship birth-rights, dual citizenship, NS liability for PRs or any other factors – I am merely asking what I believe to be a very valid question in relation to service and commitment, relative to fair treatment of all.

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