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Parliament: Volunteer corps aims to foster inclusive society

Published on May 30, 2014 8:42 AM
 
Dr Luisa Lee having lunch with SAF recruits. She served as a volunteer medical officer in the SAF for 20 years and is able to share her experiences with her grandchildren, who are now doing national service. -- PHOTO: MINDEF

For 20 years, Dr Luisa Lee wore two hats - one as a civilian medical doctor, the other as a volunteer medical officer in the Singapore Armed Forces before retiring with the rank of major in 1999.

Her double role was highlighted by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament yesterday when he read out her letter on the proposed SAF Volunteer Corps (SAFVC).

"As a mother, I could relate to what my three sons were going through when they enlisted. They were encouraged... that I had voluntarily undergone the training and sacrifice," wrote Dr Lee, who sits on the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS).

Dr Ng, pointing out how the 65-year-old Dr Lee can even share her experiences with her grandchildren who are now doing national service, said it is this type of inclusiveness which the SAFVC can promote.

 
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