200 years after Sir Stamford Raffles landed on the shores of Singapore and 48 years after Britain pulled out its military, it is considering a renewed presence in Southeast Asia – with Singapore as a likely site.
Seeing the Iraq War as a potential for diplomatic leverage, the Singapore Government publicly and vocally expressed its support for the invasion of Iraq.
I can confirm that the root cause of more than 70% of the AWOL cases was related to financial problems.
This little known law effectively shields the Government (SAF and SCDF included) from civil liability for the deaths of full time national servicemen, even when the SAF and SCDF are found to be negligent.
While the circumstances behind PTE Dave Lee’s death are still a mystery, Taiwan’s experience with its military-related deaths provides valuable lessons for Singapore.