Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Untold Truths of National Service

From Edmund Ng,

Lawrence Leow was a bright young kid. He was very active in school and was pretty diligent in his studies. He was studying in Anderson Junior College. Disaster struck when he was serving his National Service.

Lawrence had suffered heat stroke during his National Service. What happened next was a shock to many of his friends and family. Due to the heat stroke suffered during National Service training, Lawrence was paralyzed in most of his body. He also suffered inflammation and infection in his wind pipe. That resulted in having an operation to have a opening at his throat.

Lawrence could not eat on his own and had limited mobility. He could only type using a small digital pad or sms to communicate his thoughts. He was in no position to take care of himself. As he can't speak, he could only capture your attention by breathing deeply. Yes, it does sound like Darth Vader breathing with intensity.

I was concerned over his situation so I asked him whether Mindef offered any kind of assistance or compensation to him. I was told they are only paying him $500 a month plus a CSC card. In Lawrence's own words via sms to me, "The $500 is not even enough for me to hire a maid!".

This is sad as it adds on to Lawrence's family burden. During the free internet marketing workshop at HWA, it was his grandfather that had been wheelchairing him all the way from Bukit Batok to the HWA office at Balester. How many more are in the same predicament of Lawrence Leow?


At 11:43 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Odin said...

How many of us have sacrifice our lives, our health, our future, our careers.

and this is how we treat our fellow country men that has paid such a high price with $500 a month plus a CSC card...

very very sad...
if not outrageous and shameful.
definitely much more can be done rite?

At 1:36 PM, May 14, 2007, Blogger at82 said...

All NSFs should be fully covered by insurance by the state!

It is absurd that we are asked to buy the insurances for ourselves during BMT given that NSFs' allowances are way way below the market rate.

2.2 million for Ministers, $500 for paralyzed NSFs!

At 4:36 PM, June 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its in line with the country's philosophy. If you're of no use, you are beyond caring. But don't worry, their (our leaders) time shall come.


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