A Singapore military personnel takes photograph of a couple sitting in a light strike vehicle displayed along Orchard Road walkway which is part part of a show to commemorate 40 years of National Service in Singapore, 12 April 2007. (AFP photo)
In "The FlipSide", local blogger Belmont Lay lets loose on local politics, culture and society. To be taken with a pinch of salt and parental permission is advised. In this post, he talks about the ill-conceived idea of a National Service tax.
Bishan GRC PAP MP Hri Kumar Nair has proposed that all permanent residents (PRs) and foreigners pay a National Service tax as part of their nation-building duties.
My first impression of such a move is that it's a bad idea. Dwelling on it some more -- for about five minutes -- convinces me that it's an even worse idea.
1. Cost of 'unresolved tensions'
First and foremost, there are some things in life that you simply cannot put a price on. For example, unresolved sexual frustration.
Boys in NS typically feel their virginity getting stronger and stronger with each passing day. For two years.
That is because nothing puts a girl off more than an NS boy with a bad crew cut and uneven tan. And who looks really desperate.
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