My letter to The Straits Times on the above matter was published today, Tuesday 3rd December 2013.
Operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) now stand to receive either $9,000 or $10,500 for their contributions to the nation (“Medisave boost for NSmen?”; last Thursday). This would be a big morale booster for our NSmen and will motivate them to give their best for the country.
Our pioneer NSmen, many of whom are now in their 60s, have also made significant contributions to Singapore. But why does it seem like they have been forgotten?
When NS was first introduced, NSmen did not have the luxury of catered meals and other benefits that the younger generation of NSmen enjoy.
Yet our pioneer NSmen, many of whom could be struggling with health-care issues, are not being considered for any Medisave payments.
Is it logical to raise the morale of the younger generation and demoralise our elderly folk?
Raymond Anthony Fernando