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War in Ukraine: How a faraway conflict can hit close to home

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SINGAPORE - Over the past week, a pernicious argument has taken root in some parts of social media and among self-styled activists in Singapore: Politicians here are opportunistically using the invasion of Ukraine - an event so remote as to be irrelevant to Singapore - to promote National Service and Total Defence.

On Monday (Feb 28), Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan laid to rest any illusion that this is about political scaremongering.

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