Singaporean man, 25, charged with evading NS for over 3 years

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Singapore Armed Forces soldiers. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

A 25-year-old Singaporean man accused of evading his full-time national service obligation for more than three years was brought to the State Courts on Monday (21 January).

Zaley Cheng Xi Xiong, 25, was charged with one count of failing to report for enlistment for a total period of three years, 2 months and 21 days, from 10 June 2014 to 30 August 2017.

He also faces one charge of remaining outside Singapore without a valid exit permit for a total period of three years, 3 months and 11 days, from 19 May 2014 to 29 August 2017.

Cheng is out on $10,000 bail and will be back in court on 4 February.

If found guilty, the maximum punishment for each charge he faces under the Enlistment Act is a fine of up to $10,000 and up to three years’ jail.

Yahoo News Singapore understands that Cheng returned to Singapore after completing his university education overseas.

In September last year, Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen said that over the last 10 years, there have been an average of 350 NS defaulters each year.

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