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NS: Discrimination against Malays? What discrimination?

In Uncategorized on 07/07/2017 at 6:14 am

In the 50th year of NS, there’s a serious attempt to rewrite history about NS on social media and the internet generally, by saying Malays were discriminated by being exempted from NS. They were from 1967 to 1977, though there are allegations that even today many are exempted from NS.(sorry “discimated against”.)

I was one of those who did NS (Dec 73 to June 76) while my Malay contemporaries went to university. I’m sure that many S’poreans had the same experience. Discrimination against Malays? What discrimination? In my time, that policy was tot by people like me to be discrimination against S’poreans of other races to give Malays a leg up. Plenty of grumbles but we trusted Harry and gang to do the right thing by S’pore.

Note I’m not saying the PAP administration did not discrimate against Malays who served or wanted to serve in the SAF. They were and possibly still are. But that’s a different issue. I’ll go into this some other day.

 

I’m saying that when it came to NS, it was us Chinese, Indians and “Others” who had to do NS to defend S’porean¬†Chinese, Malays, Indians and “Others”. Just like today, S’poreans do NS to protect S’poreans and FTs.

Feel free to whack PAP but don’t anyhow hantam.

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  1. In my time (late-1980s), I was in an artillery unit that had initially no malays. About halfway through, a malay was posted into the HQ Coy. Not sure how he got in, but probably some cock-up at CMPB or something. For the entire time he was there, the malay chap was the only malay in the battalion, and he just ate the chinese & indian cookhouse food & rations. I asked him why not ask for xfer to another unit that had provisions for malay servicemen. He just said life was pretty good at that HQ Coy & he didn’t want to get blacklisted & sent to some terok infantry unit.

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