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7,200 PRs served NS in last 5 years: Defence Minister

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said those who enlisted for and served National Service were second-generation PRs, while 2,600 others renounced their PR status before serving NS over the same period.

SINGAPORE: Some 7,200 Permanent Residents (PRs) have served National Service (NS) in the last five years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament on Monday (July 7).

Those who served are second-generation, NS-liable, male PRs, the minister stated. He added that in the same period, 2,600 others renounced their PR status before serving NS.

"As MINDEF has cautioned, these ex-PRs who have not served their National Service will face serious, adverse consequences when they subsequently apply to study or to work in Singapore," Dr Ng said.

The Defence Minister was replying to a question posed by Member of Parliament Arthur Fong.

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