Friday, November 16, 2012

Memorial to a Singapore Man who passed while having to serve National Service

Should NS be abolished or made shorter or voluntary to prevent more deaths of innocent men from Singapore?

Has NS done more harm than good?

Killing more Singapore men than our enemies do?

Taking away sons from their mothers?

Can a regular professional military put up just a good a defense as a conscripted force?
During National Service Training in April 2012, a fine young Singaporean man, just as fine as any other Singaporean man, passed away.

His family set up a facebook page as a memorial, as below:

Channel News Asia: Mother who lost her son in an Singapore Armed Forces training accident DOES NOT want her younger son to enlist. Yesterday, the Defence Minister told parliament, that the death of Private Dominique Lee, and that of another serviceman, could have been avoided and occurred because of breaches in safety regulations.

His family also wrote the following eulogy on the Facebook page:
"Dominique Lee was an athelete. He was also a son. A brother. 
Somebody’s teammate. Somebody’s friend. 
I never knew Dominique Lee and I guess now I never will. 
Did you ever wonder what it would be like if you weren’t you anymore? If you were suddenly gone how would your world react? Whatever you imagined was wrong. There’s nothing romantic about death. Grief is like the ocean: it’s deep and dar

k and bigger than all of us. And pain is like a thief in the night. Quiet. Persistent. Unfair. 
Diminished by time and faith and love. I didn’t know Dominique Lee but I’m jealous of him because I see how his absence has affected the people that did know him so I know that he did matter to them. And I know he was loved. 
People say Dominique Lee was a great son, brother and friend. 
Graceful. Fluid. Inspiring. 
They say on a good night it almost seemed as though he could fly. And now he can." - Anonymous

The Ministry of Defence in Singapore issued the following notice.
A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time National Serviceman, Private (PTE) Lee Rui Feng Dominique Sarron, 21, from 3rd Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment, experienced breathing difficulties at about 12.30pm on 17 Apr 2012 while participating in a platoon exercise at Murai Urban Training Facility at Lim Chu Kang.  PTE Lee subsequently lost consciousness at 12.33pm.
An SAF medic attended to him immediately and evacuated him via a safety vehicle to Sungei Gedong Medical Centre at 12.46pm where an SAF doctor attended to him at 12.52pm.  PTE Lee was sent via an ambulance to the National University Hospital (NUH) at 1.03pm and arrived at NUH at 1.22pm.  An SAF doctor continued to resuscitate him in the ambulance en route to the hospital.  PTE Lee was pronounced dead at 2.05pm at NUH.
The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend our deepest condolences to the family of the late PTE Lee. MINDEF is assisting the family in their time of grief and is investigating the incident.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Author,

    I strongly disagreed fully with your views.

    I hope you can be voted in parliament to abolish NS, only lawmakers in Parliament have to right to abolish NS. You only can make noise here. But in reality, NS still continue, perhaps even you die, NS is still on in Singapore.

    What can you do?
    Be voted into political office to abolish...


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