Young men in Singapore, including you, will have to do National Serivce. Why do you think National Service is compulsory in Singapore and why is it important? In the poem, the speaker expresses his love for his country, England. Do you find this same spirit of passion and patriotism Singaporeans have for our country? Why? Do you have this same spirit of patriotism for Singapore? Why?
National Service is important in Singapore because Singapore has limited number of young and trained soldiers for in times of war. Therefore, National Service is very important because it provides the basic skills in war for all young Singapore Citizen men. I do not really find a spirit of passion and patriotism Singaporeans have for out country. Nowadays, Singaporeans in Singapore are very pampered, seldom do they have to worry for food and shelters over their heads. Also, many are complaining about the system of National Service; they want the National Service system to be made optional rather than compulsory for all young men at the age of 18. In a society like Singapore, many people are aiming for luxury, and they are not willing to spend two years in National Service. They want to use the two years to build up their career so that they can have all the luxuries, but not to go for war training, which is full of hardships. I do not really consider myself having a spirit of passion and patriotism for Singapore but I do not go against the National Service. I feel that the National Service is rather important. It builds up a group of well-trained soldiers to be ready for war in times of need. Like many other Singaporeans, I would also want to aim for luxuries in life, I also want to succeed in life. However, I feel that after the two years in National Service, I would feel proud of myself for my part for trying to serve my country.
Consider your loyalty to Hwa Chong. Are you proud to be a Hwa Chongian? How have you shown your loyalty and pride as a student of Hwa Chong?
I am proud to be a Hwa Chongian. I would find myself very loyal to Hwa Chong. Yes, I have shown my pride as a student of Hwa Chong. I behave well in school uniform and even in home clothes out in the public. I would not do things that tarnish my school’s reputation. Also, I wear my uniform with pride. 🙂