Been trying to do some research and came across this forum. I am an ex-singaporean and just wanted to share my views.
For those who are trying to avoid NS for their children, please think about their future carefully. I will just share my experience.
I was born in Singapore and emigrated to Australia when I was 8 years old around 1986. A lot of people seem to not know what to do in this situation. My SG Passport expired 2 years later and my parents never renewed it. I received and Australian citizenship and this was made known to the Singapore govt. We went through the proper channels of getting me an exit permit and registering me for NS at 16. As I did not enjoy any socio-economic benefits we did not need to pay a bond.
My NS was deferred till 21. I was 2 years in Uni during that time and just needed 1 more year to complete my degree. A subsequent deferment request was denied. Then came the hardest decision, my parents said better renounce and finish uni, they didn;t want my education interrupted. Being still not so mature I didn;t really think about the consequences. So I renounced.
Now as I almost went back to singapore to see family every year and even sudied in an International School
in Singapore, I still felt Singapore was always somehow, home to me.
I think renuncing was the biggest mistake of my life. I now cannot work in Singapore. Have applied for working visa there and have been rejected with no explanation but I believe it is due to me not serving NS. My younger brother did not finish Uni thus my dad asked him to go back to server, which he did, and is now working for my father. He has also renounced since serving but has been granted working visa with no dramas.
I haven't given up as yet trying to see if I can work in Singapore, a few years back I actually asked if I could serve, but was rejected as I was no longer a singaporean citizen which makes sense. It just makes me very sad that they let a lot of other foreigners in to work so easily and who probably have no loyalty at all to Singapore. At least I have ties which still show that at least I am loyal to my brith country. Decisions made at a young age in Singapore can have profound repurcusions. I regret it deeply and have to say it is a turning point in my life.
I urge all parents to think carefully about their child before they go ahead and make the decision for them so early. NS is not that bad, in todays age, I believe it will really help in maturing the kids these days who all seem to be more and more pampered.
Even now living so much of my life in Australia, I'd still rather fight for Singapore in a war.. even though I have been labelled as an ex-singaporean.
Thank for reading...