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Janil Puthucheary, please volunteer for National Service

“The question is not where we come from. The question is who is going to be prepared to stay and fight and make this country what it will be, what it can be. I’m that person. I’m staying, fighting. I’m fully invested.” – Janil Puthucheary, Straits Times, 22 March 2011.

When the elections come, you hear all kinds of patriotic bravado spiel from those who want your vote.

Janil Puthucheary is one of these.

He has been in Singapore since 2001. Prior to that he spent most of his time roaming around the world – from Australia to  Britain to Belfast. And of course his native India. It was only in 2008 – barely two years ago – that he became a new citizen of Singapore.

Now, he wants to enter Parliament, no doubt through the back-door called the GRC. Riding on the coattails of older, more senior members is the easy way for people like Puthucheary.

He is barely two-years old as a new citizen and he now wants to lord it over us as an MP.

He talks big about “fighting”, about being “fully invested”. Yet in all those 10 years in Singapore, he never did any National Service. Nor did he volunteer to do so.

Puthucheary, who is a doctor, should realise that all Singaporean male of 18 and above are made to serve National Service for two years. Previously, they serve two and a half years. After this period, they are required to continue to serve as reservists for another 13 years, returning for annual training and being on call anytime the country needs them.

If and when Singapore should require it, these Singaporean men too are expected to lay down their lives.

But here we have a big talker, a would-be MP, who’s never done a single minute of National Service, boasting about how he will “fight” and how he is “fully invested”.

If you are “fully invested”, then volunteer for National Service, or for reservist duty.

Puthucheary is 38. Many Singaporeans older than him are still serving – compelled by law – through reservist.

If Puthucheary’s claim is true – that “I am that person” – then he should put his money where his mouth is and join the rest of us who are ready to lay down our lives for Singapore at a moment’s notice.

What say you, doctor? Are you willing and ready at all times to lay down your life for Singapore?

If you are, then show it.

Else, after spurning the sufferings your father went through,  you are nothing but a hypocrite thirsting for a cheap vote.

Categories: General
  1. Chua Thomas
    March 22, 2011 at 10:06

    He was a Malaysian citizen. His father was a former member of PAP who left to form Barisan Sosialis, and was detained under Operation Coldstore in 1963.

    But I agree he should serve NS. He’s two years short of 40, so should be able to serve two years of full-time service, and then another 5 years of reservist.

  2. keith
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    dropped Dr Janil an email..

    Hi Janil,

    I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as a candidate at the coming election.

    While I am ecstatic for you, I understand that you have not done your national service.

    How will you be able to represent the people if you have not gone through with what half of your future constituents have gone through?

    Would you even be able to comprehend what the wives, mothers, sisters and girlfriends go through when the men in their live are called up for National Service?

    Please be a good example to the new citizens and volunteer for NS.

    You might even be considered a pioneer in the harmonious integration between Singaporeans and new citizens.


    Keith Gerard Tan

  3. Janil cherry picking
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    Another yes man joins the PAP coterie.

    • yeongwillie
      July 24, 2015 at 10:06


  4. Native Singaporeans
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    @Janil Puthucheary : Contact below Army Recruitment Centre for National Service since you are fully invested, keen to stay and fight.

    Army Recruitment Centre
    3 Depot Road #01-66
    Singapore 109680
    Call our Hotline
    1800 – OUR ARMY (687 2769)
    Website : http://www.mindef.gov.sg

    Pl do us a favour, shut up at this moment. Thank you.

  5. hagar
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    The guy has been roaming free all over the world until he’s turned 36, before coming a Singapore citizen. Sounds like a delibrate attempt to skive off his NS obligations?

  6. Alan Chu
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    Ah geez guys what’s all this smack about getting everyone to do National Service to prove their worth and committment? Lighten up on this whole issue about National Service for crying out loud. It is an absolute waste of time for young minds and a drain on resources.

    That being said I probably wouldn’t vote for him, votes don’t really matter, right?!

  7. anon
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    It is well known that the pap selects you and not the other way round. This 2-year old citizen is specially targeted by the party as it serves its propaganda purpose against the opposition.

    I don’t like his body language too in the picture.

    Through the years it had become clear that the ruling party would choose only softies who jump at the opportunity of entering parliament under the party’s skirts.

    This is a character flaw that the party exploit to the fullest. It is fat hope that such ‘mps’ would dare to make a principled stand in issues of concern to Singaporeans when such matters arise. Basically, they are really flawed personalities, like we have seen so many already, some are even made it to minister! And we all know how they have been performing.THEY HAVE BEEN CHOSEN PRECISELY BECAUSE THEY ARE SAFE AND COMPLIANT.

  8. Darren
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    election coming then say all these patriotic words. completed He should go for the 2.5 yrs then 10 yrs reservist then join any party for election.

  9. March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    Excellent rebut, I couldn’t express it better than you do.

    Its no surprise with a $13 000/mth MP, Singapore politics has apparently became an investment product for foreigners. Do not be in for a shock when this future MP have both his hands up calling for a second round of pay raise for the PAP administration.

    This is the type of leeches Singaporeans would want to keep out from Singapore politics.

    vote for Change, vote PAP out.

  10. Phare Anderson
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    Very well written, if reflected very well for true blue Singaporean Males who had done NS and NO to MALAYSIAN DOCTOR who just became a Singaporean in 2008 and now wanted to be MP trying to tell us what to do!!


  11. exscholar
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    I think you’re missing an important point. He only became citizen 2 years ago exactly because he can avoid NS that way. I hear the cutoff to avoid NS is 35, but am unable to find any documentation. Does anyone know?

  12. james gang
    March 23, 2011 at 10:06

    He didnt do his 2 year NS and he is now presented as a candidate for the ruling party. The same party who equate the 2 year NS as part of nation building and national security.

    Maybe the 2 year NS is not as important as we thought it was. Maybe the 2 year NS is not necessary for nation building or national security.

    Maybe we should not be asking why Janil did not do his NS and begin asking why we should submit our sons to 2 year NS.

  13. anon
    March 25, 2011 at 10:06

    If you want to engage me, please write coherently. I don’t get your babble? And frame a context for what you are saying, so that it may be properly rebutted!

    Why should people be confined to a ‘corner’ to speak their mind? Freedom of speech is enshrined in our constitution and nowhere in it was it mentioned that that it has to be carried out at a designated place and time, by the govt of the day. By the way, the world famous Speaker’s Corner in London is accessible and located where people gather. Best of all, there is little restriction on its use. And, the British govt do not forbid people from making speeches elsewhere. While London’s Speaker’s Corner is a place to express one’s thought freely, Hong Lim Park is an excuse by govt to control and prevent people from exercising their rights to free speech.

    The reason why there is no pre-condition in the constitution for expression of free speech is because the authors knew that speech is no longer free when irrelevant conditions are imposed. Control of ‘free’ becomes wayang!

    If Hong Lim is such a hot spot for free speech why did the govt insists on having its election rallies at the Fullerton car park right in the heart of the business district!

  14. Johnson Lock
    March 28, 2011 at 10:06

    I will still vote for him. I like Singapore to be pragmatic.

    What soul do we have, anyway? Why try to save something that does not exist?

    Vote PAP. If you don’t, you’re not getting any soul anyway. You think opposition can give you back your soul?

  15. anothersingaporean
    March 29, 2011 at 10:06

    For all you know, this maybe his plan to take revenge. Infiltrate the PAP and then create havoc from the inside because he knows he doesn’t stand a chance if he were to join the opposition.

    Ever thought of that?

  16. citizen
    March 29, 2011 at 10:06

    Great writing. Best if you can include the sources to increase credibility

  17. seo services in delhi
    March 29, 2011 at 10:06

    I read your article Nice article

  18. Singaporean
    March 30, 2011 at 10:06

    Serving NS or reservist should be a piece of cake for him.

    He’ll be a medical officer (MO) and spend the bulk of his time in an airconditioned office in the sick bay.

  19. FFil
    March 30, 2011 at 10:06

    He will be a MO, if he volunteer himself. Best.. volunteer himself only for standby night duty @ home.

  20. Chen
    March 30, 2011 at 10:06

    I am hopeful that one day, as a PAP MP, our Dr Puthucheary will follow the footsteps of his illustrious father (Dato Dominic Puthucheary) and ditch the PAP to go into the Opposition ranks. The pious espousals of commitment and fighting talk sound like what his father had uttered in the heydays when he himself was a PAP supporter (but not for long …!)
    History can, and has a habit of, repeating itself !

  21. April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    I don’t think India qualifies as his “native” country. Perhaps Malaysia. I dunno. Otherwise, by the same token, you (I guess) and the majority of our fellow countrymen would refer to China as your native country?

  22. S.E.Ho
    April 2, 2011 at 10:06

    One sentence says it all – Empty vessels makes the most noise!

  23. Glen Nicolay
    April 3, 2011 at 10:06

    Probably another one eyeing his monthly MP allowance (if he gets elected). Join up for National Service first, sonny boy, and then you can shoot the shits about staying fighting and being fully invested! Big words and very easily spoken when everything is calm and rosy. Try repeating those words when you are staring down a barrel of a loaded rifle!

  24. ron
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    Even if he was asked to volunteer by his overseers to put weight to his comments, he’ll yet again go through the backdoor and will serve but yet not serve. He’ll be on the board of some faux committee or something which will allow him to still continue his way of life while fullfilling his commitment to the country and taking some military allowance too.

  25. Phillip Quek
    April 11, 2011 at 10:06

    Wah! He got balls to become an MP under the PAP ticket, even w/o doing N.S or a vote??? When I’ve completed my N.S 37 yrs ago, Janil was probably learning how to talk & walk!!! My son, 10 yrs his junior has even completed his N.S, a 2nd generation Singaporean! DR Janil, Pls do your national duty as a “true singaporean” before stand up on that stage – don’t even give any excuses, at least you still have chance to go and register in CMPB before you get the singaporeans’ vote. REMINDER: PAP, pls don’t send him to any wards in the western part of singapore as he shall not get any respect or for that matter…votes from me or my family.

  26. mac man
    May 2, 2011 at 10:06

    We dun need another no-brainer talker.
    That young TPL is good enough and now this new Singaporean MP to be……

    What kind of third world parliament we would end up having ……..

  27. alan
    May 3, 2011 at 10:06

    sorry i cannot accept a male immigrant who have not serve the ns yet asking to become a singapore mp.just not right for me.

  28. Dr Served NS
    May 7, 2011 at 10:06
  29. George Goh
    May 15, 2011 at 10:06

    While tolerating injustice in this world, I feel strongly that Janil Puthucheary should volunteer to do National Service before he has the authority to serve as a member of our parliament. I do not think a foreigner can just come in here, take up citizenship and become an MP. I am getting at least 10,500 people to put up a petition to get him to do National Service. During his 3 months BMT, he can ask for special leave from his MP duties and perform his MP duties during weekends. We can consider matching dollar for dollar the government incentive for NS eg $10,500 assuming he makes officer. No compulsion to contribute but if $1 from each of us can get this injustice righted, it is a worthwhile effort. He needs not do 20 in-camps or become the NS Man of the year like me – just do 2 years and 10 ICTs will do. Janil Puthucheary should do the honourable thing and take up this offer.

  30. stanley
    August 29, 2011 at 10:06

    Its quite feasible for Dr. P to serve NS in the form of BMT+OCS followed by concurrent appointment as MO and MP. There are many cases of Singaporeans serving in their late 30s. Although 1st generation Singaporeans are not required to do NS, it is a different scenario if that person were to run for government.

  31. seo
    June 23, 2013 at 10:06

    I like to disseminate information that will I’ve built up with the calendar year to help improve team functionality.

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