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WHY I DREAD WAKING UP EVERYDAY AS A SINGAPOREAN

This year, i've started feeling more helpless about living in this country, and the events of this week have really ramped it up for me. The death of a boy lures a politician-giant out into public to disparage the boy's final moments and shut down the dawning realisation that we are all endangered by agents of the law. A mother seeking justice for the loss of her son is told that the armed forces to which he was lost is immune from being tried in a court of law. She is made instead to pay for the legal costs of those from whom she seeks justice. In both cases, it is faith in public institutions, and not the protection of individuals, that is upheld by the law.

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NS GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER: MEDICAL WASTE ATTRACTS UNCLEAN SPIRITS

We ended up piling the boxes containing medical waste at the other end of our bunk, under the outside windows. A number of the Malay medics weren't very happy about the situation because according to their traditions, blood and other bodily wastes in a living space invite unclean spirits in. Then, problems started. A number of guys experienced sleep paralysis. Among them were the guys who had protested about the boxes so I dismissed it as mass hysteria initially. The second night I woke up to hear music playing. The room felt cold and the radio was changing channels. This wasn't a set with a remote control or anything. It had a solid slider which you moved to change frequency. It wasn't just moving up and down through the channels either- it was pausing on certain stations- not just the English language stations which we all listened to but oldies stations featuring classic Malay and Chinese songs from the 50s and 60s. Like an old man trying to find a channel he liked.

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BMT GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER: OLD MAN CHANTING IN 5TH STOREY TOILET

My camp, like many others, was built over a burial ground. One of my bunk mates and his buddy decided to go the building opposite to smoke. Just to be sure, they went to the highest floor, 5th to be exact, to smoke, just so they won't be noticed by any sergeants or the duty officer for the night. As they were enjoying their peaceful drags, they heard someone chanting from outside the cubicle. The chanting was in a different language so they didn't understand it, one of them told us that it was in Malay. The other said vaguely that it sounded Indian. there was an old man sitting on the urinal, with his eyes rolled all the way back, looking up into the ceiling and chanting those words. He had on a sarong looking thing and that's all. White hair, very little teeth, wrinkled all over and scrawny.

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BMT GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER: LONG HAIR FOUND IN TOILET & HIGH-PITCHED SCREAMS HEARD DURING 7TH MONTH

This was during the ghost month so the sergeants forced us to go to bed by 10. So I decided to take my shower before heading to bed. Once we entered the toilets, we saw long strands of hair in the sink and even inside the cubicles. It was freaking long strands of hair. That's not the spooky part though. Later that night we heard a woman screaming at the top of her voice. It was so loud that it even woke up the most compulsive snorer in our bunk! The next day was book out day and all we wanted to do was rush home and get as far away from that place as possible.

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INDIAN MUSLIM: MY CHINESE CLASSMATE QUESTIONED MY LOYALTY TO THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF MY RELIGION

I am Singaporean Indian Muslim, but because my mother tongue is Malay, most Chinese friends would assume I'm Malay. I was asked by a classmate of mine (Chinese) whether I would defend Singapore if we were at War with Malaysia. She was genuinely asking and wanted me to answer. I was taken aback because my loyalty towards my nation was being questioned for the first time in my life. I would not call it deliberate racism on her part but because of the notion she has or was brought up with, it led her to question my loyalty.

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WHY WASTE TAXPAYERS MONEY TO TRAIN UNWILLING NZ TEEN FOR NATIONAL SERVICE?

For a male Singaporean, the PAP government will only allow you to renounce citizenship either when you are below 12 years old OR above 21 years old. Thus, most males are trapped in order to be conscripted. This rule has been in place since 1970s but most still don’t know about it. Frankly, Brandon only lived in Singapore when he was a baby and during pre-school years. He is now more Kiwi than Singaporean given that he has lived his entire school years and teenage years in New Zealand. Why waste taxpayer monies to train and house him in Singapore?

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FOREIGNER BOSS CLASSIFIED MY ICT AS LEAVE, SCOLD ME FOR TRYING TO SKIVE

My FT boss classified my ICT as leave.. He ask me why I have so many days of NS "leave" and ask me if can feedback to SAF to reduce my ICT days as we got a lot of work to do... How sia? He just scold me on phone.. say CNY time, my PRC FT corlicks going back to China, jiu hu kia also going back KL.. why I must this timing take leave?

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