Forum: In-camp training must go on

Recruits assemble SAR-21 rifles in Pulau Tekong on Feb 27, 2018.
Recruits assemble SAR-21 rifles in Pulau Tekong on Feb 27, 2018.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

I am surprised that when Singapore moved its disease outbreak response to orange, there were a number of suggestions on social media platforms that in-camp training be suspended (SAF takes measures to prevent spread of virus, Feb 12).

Such a move would open a can of worms as other units in the Home Team would also demand suspension of their training.

Singapore cannot afford that given its vulnerability.

If we place self-interest over nation, Singapore is finished. Without a primed defence force, Singapore would plunge into economic instability.

Let's enable the current generation of NSmen to stay patriotic and stay strong regardless of the health crisis.

Cheng Choon Fei

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2020, with the headline 'In-camp training must go on'. Print Edition | Subscribe