OP, are you willing to serve NS? and can you put your life on hold for at least 2.5 years? do you have any where to stay in singapore? if not, are you able to support yourself in singapore?hkfriendly wrote:I am a Hong Kong citizen by birth, and my mum (Hong Kong citizen) raised me in Hong Kong my whole life. My dad is Singaporean, and he got me a SG passport when I was 2. It was never renewed when I turned 11. I have never resided or studied in SG, nor have I applied for NRIC. My parents were estranged since I was young, so I don’t even know where exactly dad is to be honest.
I always thought I only held Hong Kong citizenship. I found out about the SG passport from my mother when I applied for a student pass last year for my postgraduate studies and was denied – fortunately I had alternative options so I was fine. Frustrating as it is, now that I know about this, I would like to get it resolved so I can visit Singapore in the future for tourism / business meetings. From reading the forum posts, it seems that anything more than that (e.g. live / work / study) would be difficult.
After speaking with ICA, they confirmed I lost my SG citizenship when I turned 22 as I didn’t take the Oath of Renunciation, Allegiance and Loyalty (ORAL), so I would be entering Singapore as a Hong Kong citizen. I then contacted CPMB inquiring about my potential NS obligations. They got back and said that despite losing my citizenship, I have committed offences under the Enlistment Act for remaining outside Singapore without a valid Exit Permit and not doing NS when I was a Singapore citizen. They also said I should return to Singapore and report to CPMB.
This sounds like a bad idea as I might get arrested upon arrival. I also hold a bit of grudge against my dad for this, since I have been unknowingly put in a bind. That being said, I am committed to getting this resolved remotely if I can.
What is my best course of action? My thought is to write back to CPMB and request an exemption from offence based on my circumstances, since I never resided in Singapore, and have not enjoyed substantial socio-economic benefits of Singapore. Also not sure what to do if the request for exemption from offence doesn’t go through. Should I obtain legal advice? If yes, from where?
Many thanks to all the good people on this forum – it’s incredibly frustrating to navigate through the space and I appreciate whatever help I can get.
your case is something i've pondered over in the past when people in your situation post on here.hkfriendly wrote:Thank you for the replies PNGHK and taxico. A few points of clarification:
1. When CPMB got back to me regarding my NS obligations, it also said that since I am no longer a Singapore citizen (since I was citizen by descent and didn't take the Oath by 22), I will not be called up for NS. As I was born and raised in Hong Kong and did not enjoy substantial socio-economic benefits of Singapore (no passport after 11, no NRIC, no school etc.), I do not feel obligated to serve NS as well.
2. I have never resided or studied in Singapore, and I have no plans to live and work in Singapore for the forseeable future. I am also supporting my single-mom through my full time job, as such it would be unwise for me to just leave everything behind to resolve this issue. My goal here is to proactively resolve this issue that I didn't even know existed. I also hope to be able to visit Singapore for tourism / occasional business meetings in the future.
Hope this clarifies things.
Agreed.taxico wrote:btw, as your name (and other details) are already in the national wanted list when you defaulted, there is no way for you to leisurely visit singapore.
(police/provost would be waiting for you at the airport before your plane lands)
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