Maid carrying his backpack: NSman under fire, Part 2

Some people dismiss the incident as a storm in a teacup, while others are sufficiently peeved to write to the Straits Times Forum.

For instance, today’s Forum highlighted a letter from an army instructor (“NS does not make men, parents do”).

The writer bemoans the “mollycoddling attitude” of parents when they come to fetch their sons with the maid “who packs the recruit’s belongings into the boot of the car”.

Parents treat training facilities “like secondary schools”, and hound instructors “over trivial issues” with some even threatening to complain to their MPs.

A parallel can be seen in our schools where parents display the same bossy and interfering attitude. 

The root of the problem in part lies in the poor school discipline prevailing in our schools. A soft approach to discipline in our schools is breeding generations of spoilt and ill-disciplined students seconded by their parents.

Speaking to a primary school teacher the other day, I learned that poor discipline starts as young as from the lower primary stage!

As long as we don’t address the root of the problem, the issue of mollycoddled national servicemen will not be resolved.

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11 Responses to “Maid carrying his backpack: NSman under fire, Part 2”

  1. This is very true. Younger generations of Singaporeans are now pampered to the max. Parents’ constant interference is the cause of this.

    Even my BMT in Tekong back in 2005 is too relaxed.

  2. Almost everyone has a comment on this issue whilst the elephant in the room is disregarded:
    Why does the guy serving and have 2 years of his life reduced while the other 50% his cohort gets an equal footing competing with the foreign imports who too have no such disadvantage?

    This is not a foreigner bashing post. My point is, for his sarcrifice, what will he get in return? Did he volunteer?

    Why are we, as a country, so demanding on NSmen while we see no reason to appreciate their sarcrifice? Monetary compensation aside, we do not even give our active NSmen free medical or insurance, or tertiary education? Yet strangely we give freebies to young foreign students monetary incentives to study here?

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