MAJOR REVIEW OF NATIONAL SERVICE IS NEEDED

National Service (NS) came into being after the National Service (Amendment) act was passed in Parliament on 14 March 1967. NS has often been touted as a “rites of passage” when boys become real men. However, many feel that amongst national “sacred cows”, this is one that deserves a serious look.

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Indonesia naming ship after MacDonald House bombers

Among the innocents killed in the blast were 36 yr old Suzie Khoo, private secretary, 23 yr old Juliet Goh, filing clerk, and driver Mohammed Yasin bin Kesit, 45. I don’t remember the MacDonald House attack being mentioned in any of our history textbooks, nor any of the 37 bombs that hit us during the Sukarno led Konfrontasi. It wasn’t just public buildings being targetted. In Dec 1963, two men were killed in Sennett Estate, while another deadly bomb went off on April 1964 at a BLOCK OF HDB FLATS off Changi Road.

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Civility in the Face of External Provocation?

On learning that Indonesia had named a frigate KRI Usman Harun after the two Indonesian marines Usman Mohd Ali and Harun Said who were executed after being convicted of setting off a bomb at MacDonald House in Singapore that killed three people and injured 33 others in 1965, Singapore leaders called their Indonesian counterparts.

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FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ‘UN-INVITED’ TO ISTANA CNY PARTY

“It is most unfortunate that PA made the mistake of using the old list instead of the updated list. We are sorry for the error, and this is why I phoned Mr Tan and the other affected invitees personally to explain the mistake, and followed up with personal emails to apologize again.

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PETTY LIM SWEE SAY "UN-INVITED" DR TAN CHENG BOCK FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR PARTY

Then on 8th Jan 2014 l was informed by Minister Lim Swee Say, deputy chairman PA that this was an error! He conveyed to me by phone and email. There was a change in ‘policy’ to invite only those ex-advisers to grassroots organisations, from the immediate past GE (2011). I did not fit into this category as l stood down in 2006.

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HEADLINES THAT SHOOK SINGAPORE SINCE 1955

Exactly a year earlier, 12-year-old schoolboys Keh Chin Ann and Toh Hong Huat had gone missing. Despite a huge police search, a poster campaign, a $100,000 reward from MacDonald’s and a feature on television’s Crime Watch program, nothing had emerged which would explain their disappearance.

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TERROR BOMB KILLS 2 GIRLS AT BANK, AT LEAST 33 INJURED

Two Indonesian marines, Osman Haji Mohammed Ali, 25, and Harun Said, 21, were charged in court on March 16 for the bombing and hung in Changi Jail on Oct 17, 1968. In protest over the hanging, 400 students in Jakarta stormed the Singapore embassy and attacked the consul’s residence as well as the homes of two Singaporean diplomats.

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MACDONALD HOUSE BOMB EXPLOSION IN SINGAPORE IN 1965

Arising from the bombing, two Indonesian marines were arrested and charged with murder. They were hanged on 17 October 1968. In retaliation, 400 agitated students in Jakarta, Indonesia, ransacked the Singapore embassy there and proceeded to attack the consul's residence and the homes of two other Singaporean diplomats. They also burnt the Singapore flag. Throughout the period of Konfrontasi, 37 bombs hit Singapore, the worst single incident being the MacDonald House bombing.

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INDONESIA IGNORES REQUEST FROM 3-HEAVYWEIGHT PAP MINISTERS

Three Singapore ministers have responded to Indonesia's decision to name a Navy ship after the Indonesian marines who bombed an Orchard Road building in 1965, leaving three people dead and 33 people injured. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday joined Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam in asking Indonesia to consider the feelings of Singaporeans,

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CHINESE PASSENGERS REFUSE TO DISEMBARK AFTER CRUISE LINER SKIPS ONE STOP IN VIETNAM

About 300 disgruntled cruise passengers refused to leave their ship at the end of a five-day trip yesterday, claiming the tour company was not offering adequate compensation for cancelling a visit to Vietnam's Ha Long Bay. Some 40 to 50 of the passengers remained on board the Costa Victoria in Tsim Sha Tsui until abut 10.30pm, delaying the journey of 2,000 passengers booked on a cruise to Malaysia which had been due to depart yesterday afternoon.

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