Myanmar-born, but SAF Overseas Scholarship recipient driven to serve
SAF Overseas Scholarship recipient fought to persuade reluctant parents
When Myanmar-born Maung Thet Naing Win, 19, first told his parents in 2011 of his wish to pursue a career with the Singapore Armed Forces, they instinctively baulked at the idea.
Having grown up and lived under the harsh rule of the former Myanmar military junta, they were adamant that their son not become a military man.
But officer cadet (OCT) Maung, who moved to Singapore with his family when he was just a year old and became a citizen in 2008, persevered at convincing them.
Yesterday, he became one of this year's eight recipients of the prestigious SAF Overseas Scholarship (Safos) in a ceremony at the Istana.
CALL OF DUTY
I also convinced my dad that his job stability depended on Singapore's peace and stability, and that in part comes from the SAF.
- Myanmar-born officer cadet Maung Thet Naing Win, 19, whose parents lived under the harsh rule of the former Myanmar military junta and did not want him to become a military man